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8:30-9:45,  Room 3, CICG

International cooperation in the SDGs:

leaving no persons with disabilities behind


Persons with disabilities often face stigma, exclusion and discrimination and they are over-represented amongst people living in persistent poverty. To accelerate the delivery of the SDGs, and realise the promise of leaving no one behind, donors, organisations of persons with disabilities, the disability movement and the international community needs to work together. This session will provide background information on inclusive development, with an overview of existing tools and best practices to respect, protect and promote the human rights of persons with disabilities.


Organizers: Constituency of Persons with Disabilities, EDF and CBM Switzerland



8:30-9:45, Room 15, CICG

Re-tooling for sustainability


Standards bring technological innovations to scale, drive industry competitiveness, and increase economic productivity. Yet, the potential of standards is not fully exploited, and policymakers often rely on sub-optimal homegrown solutions. What can international organizations do to ensure that the full potential of standardization for the SDGs is realized?


Organizers: Germany, UNECE, UN Women, Fairtrade



8:30-9:45, Room 18, CICG

Whole institution approach as a key driver

for achieving human wellbeing and education for all


During the side event we will discuss policies, measures and resources that will facilitate the process of reorganizing and transforming institutions and organizations of formal, non-formal and informal education, based on whole institution approach at the local, regional and international levels in a way that “no one can be left behind.


Organizers: Cyprus and UNECE



13:15-14:45, Room 2, CICG

Digital Transformation for SDGs

in Europe and Central Asia


This side event will highlight efforts undertaken by the United Nations, Member States, and other stakeholders in fostering the digital transformation. It will offer an opportunity to present current experiences, best practices, opportunities, and challenges encountered in Europe and Central Asia.


Organizers: Estonia, Albania, Montenegro, Ukraine, ITU, FAO, UNWOMEN, UNDP



13:15-14:45Room 15, CICG

New Pathways for Sustainable Human Development:

Regional Consultation for the Human Development Report 2020


This side event is a consultation for the upcoming global Human Development Report 2020. There will be a short presentation of the report, followed by an interactive conversation with panelists and audience in order to obtain as much inputs from the UNECE region as possible. The report 2020 will touch on four broad areas of work: (1) revising some of the human development indices, (2) combining the ‘people approach’ with the ‘planet approach’, pulling away from the dichotomy between growth and nature, (3) horizontal inequalities and sustainability; the role that education plays in adaptation and resilience, as well as conflict and displacement, (4) international collective action and its challenges and opportunities.


Organizer: Human Development Report Office, UNDP






13:15-14:45, Room 17, CICG

Making Voluntary National Reviews meaningful:

the civil society perspective


This event will focus on sharing best practices and discuss challenges in civil society involvement in VNR. The objective is to contribute to this year’s theme and overall review of the HLPF with recommendations and showcase the added value of civil society participation in VNRs.


Organizers: Austria, Switzerland, EEB, Forus, SDG Watch Europe, A4SD, SDG Watch Austria, SLOGA, Futuro en Comun, NYT Europa, Swiss CSO platform Agenda 2030, GCAP, Russia, Open School for Sustainable Development (Openschola), BOND, Action Aid Denmark, Forum of Women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan.



13:15-14:45, Room 18, CICG

Regional integration as means of SDG implementation:

Experience of the Eurasian Economic Commission


Over the last four decades regional economic integration processes have gained momentum and became significant means in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This side event will provide a space to exchange experience in SDG implementation of the Eurasian Economic Union and other regional integration associations from the UNECE region.


Organizers: Eurasian Economic Commission in cooperation with EAEU member States




13:15-14:45, Room 7+8, CICG

Accelerating Realization of Gender Equality and Empowerment

of Women and Girls - from regional review to global actions


This side event will bring together partners for an intergenerational dialogue around key messages and lessons learned from the historic moment of Beijing, its  25 years implementation and CSW64 in a context of Generation Equality Forums and how best to address today’s challenges and opportunities for the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the UNECE region.


Organizers: UN Women, UNECE and WECF




13:15-14:45, Room 14, CICG

Contributing to Peace and Justice:

Parliamentarians’ Governance and Oversight Role in SDG 16


Highlighting the catalytic nature of SDG 16 for the wider 2030 Agenda, members of Parliaments from Eastern European states will share experiences, good practices and mechanisms as to how parliaments can contribute to and accelerate efforts towards realizing the good governance ambitions of SDG 16


Organizers: DCAF Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance, Inter-Parliamentary Union




8:30-9:45, Room 3, CICG

Accelerating progress on the SDGs

through policy coherence for sustainable development


The objective of this side event is to discuss common governance challenges involved in national implementation of SDGs, including obstacles to integrated policies for sustainable development. The side event will also explore how to strengthen institutional mechanisms to maximise synergies, minimise trade-offs across sectors and address transboundary impacts in the implementation of the SDGs.


Organizers: Government of Romania and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)



8:30-9:45, Room 13, CICG

Accelerating Development

through Informed Governments and Societies


This workshop will at the role of access to information, including the skills to use it, in accelerating progress towards the SDGs, and discuss recommendations for how to ensure governments and individuals have the knowledge they need.


Organizers: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, WIPO, ILO, UN Library



8:30-9:45, Room 15, CICG

Joint forces for the 2030 Agenda:

Swedish government agencies in collaboration


A number of Swedish government agencies have joined forces to implement the 2030 Agenda. The forum called “DG Forum - Swedish government agencies in joint collaboration for the 2030 Agenda” comprises more than 70 government agencies. With less than ten years to go until 2030, the forum now accelerates its efforts for sustainable development and puts its focus on deliveries.


Organizers: The Public Health Agency of Sweden and Government of Sweden




8:30-9:45, Room 7+8, CICG

Rural women and economic opportunities:

cases from Europe and Central Asia to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs


This side event will focus on sharing good practices and successful experiences that aim to improve the engagement of young rural women in agriculture, through economic opportunities and providing younger generations with access to health are, education, safe environment and other benefits of development.


Organizers: Union of Hungarian Women Association and FAO



8:30-9:45, Room 18, CICG

Accelerating Progress through Human Rights Data and Partnerships


The side event will focus on how existing human rights and disaggregated data can boost progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the national level for those furthest behind. It will also discuss emerging new partnerships at national level between human rights and SDG data collection and monitoring structures and how these partnerships can facilitate progress that leaves no one behind.


Organizers: Prime Minister’s Office, Finland; Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA); the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI); the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR); Scottish Human Rights Commission; Actionaid; European Network of Equality Bodies (Equinet).





8:30-9:45, Room 14, CICG

Blockchain Technologies for SDG Attainment: Walk the Talk


Blockchain is a rapidly evolving area of information technology with the potential for creating huge benefits in terms of security, reliability and cost efficiency in the exchange of information. This interactive side event will bring together Blockchain experts and entrepreneurs and SDG implementers to demonstrate the utilization of cutting-edge blockchain technologies focused on SDGs attainment. An opportunity to learn the essentials about Blockchain and its use for social impact.


Organizers: State of Israel, Republic of Slovenia, Blockchain Technologies for SDGs Attainment Working Group





8:30-9:45, Room 17, CICG

Care for unaccompanied migrant and refugee children in Europe

under the “leave no one behind” approach and SGDs 10 and 16


The side event aims to present different forms of care provided to unaccompanied migrant and refugee children in Europe, based on recent research conducted by the Lumos foundation in partnership with IOM, UNHCR and UNICEF in six European states.


Organizers: Issue-Based Coalition on Large Movements of People, Displacement and Resilience, The Lumos foundation, IOM, UNHCR and UNICEF



13:00-14:00, Room 14, CICG

UNECE bringing results with

Sustainable Mobility and Smart Connectivity


This side event demonstrates how the implementation of UNECE deliverables in the area of Sustainable Mobility and Smart Connectivity Nexus help to implement the SDGs.


Organizers: UNECE Sustainable Mobility and Smart Connectivity Nexus team