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Side event 01

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



Side event 02

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



Side event 03

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



Side event 04

8:30-9:45, Room 14, 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, UN Women, UNDP



Side event 05

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.




Side event 06

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)



Side event 07

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



Side event 08

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