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2021 SDGs Learning, Training and Practice

Tue 06 Jul 2021, 9.00 am — Thu 15 Jul 2021, 6.00 pm
Virtual UNDESA/DSDG and UNITAR

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Background

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Co-organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DESA/DSDG) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) New York Office

A Special Event of the 2021 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development under the auspices of ECOSOC

To be held virtually

The 2021 United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Tuesday, 6 July, to Thursday, 15 July 2021.

The Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG), at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA/DSDG) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), New York Office, are organizing the 2021 edition of the SDGs Learning, Training & Practice – a series of capacity building and knowledge learning sessions held as a Special Event to the HLPF, featuring speakers and experts from many sectors on crucial topics related to the implementation of the SDGs under review in 2021.

In the 2021 HLPF, participants will be able to explore various aspects of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the various measures and types of international cooperation that can control the pandemic and its impacts and put the world back on track to achieve the SDGs by 2030, within the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.

1. Theme

The SDG Learning, Training and Practice Special Event will align with the 2021 HLPF theme: "Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development".

It will also be aligned with the set of SDGs to be reviewed in depth at the 2021 HLPF: 

  • SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  • SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  • SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  • SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
  • SDG 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries.
  • SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  • SDG13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
  • SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
  • SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

2. Format

The 2021 SDGs Learning, Training and Practice Special event will be held in a virtual format via an online meetings platform. However, conditions permitting, the organizers will explore the possibility of hosting a few sessions at the UN Headquarters, in New York. 

Ten learning sessions will be organized and distributed in the first five days of the HLPF (6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 July). Each 1.5-hour long session will be organized by national governments and relevant stakeholders selected through an open application process

UNITAR and UNDESA will provide the online platform for the sessions, coordinate participants registration, outreach and reporting. 

3. Output

The 2021 SDGs Learning, Training & Practice workshops aim to advance:

  • Knowledge and skills acquisition
  • Networking
  • Sharing experiences and peer to peer collaboration
  • Learning about practical actions and best practices
  • Capacity building
  • Practical policy integration and coherence

All sessions will be livestreamed, recorded, and open to all interested participants. A dedicated page will be set up at the 2021 HLPF website to promote information about the different sessions.

A summary report will be produced by DESA and UNITAR.

4. Open call for Learning Sessions proposals

National governments and stakeholder organizations interested in organizing a SDGs Learning, Training & Practice session may submit one learning session proposal.

The application form for submission of proposals can be accessed on the HLPF website at: https://bit.ly/SDGsLearnApply. Only submissions in English will be considered.

The selection of the courses will be based on the quality of proposals, relevance to the HLPF theme and focus of the 2021 SDG Learning, Training and Practice priorities (as indicated above), the expertise of the organizers, and willingness to produce the desired output. There is no fee for submission or approval of proposed courses.

Efforts will be undertaken to accommodate as many proposals as possible within the limitations of timeslots available. However, in the event that a high number of proposals are received, some submissions addressing similar themes might be grouped in the same session. Organizers will be notified accordingly. Additionally, only one course proposal will be considered per organization.

Course proposals should be submitted no later than 25 March 2021. The application form can be accessed through this link: https://bit.ly/SDGsLearnApply. Selected course proposals will be notified by 25May 2021.

5. Logistical arrangements

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and in order to accommodate as many participants as possible, the 2021 SDGs Learning, Training and Practice will be delivered in a virtual format. UNDESA and UNITAR staff will host the meetings and manage digital logistics to ensure their smooth operation. 

A dedicated registration form will be set up for each learning session and registration links will be posted online and shared with meeting organizers. Only registered participants will receive the link to connect to the call one or two days prior to the session. Each session will be able to accommodate up to 1000 participants.

Announcements

National governments and stakeholder organizations interested in organizing a SDGs Learning, Training & Practice session may submit one learning session proposal.

The application form for submission of proposals can be accessed on the HLPF website at: https://bit.ly/SDGsLearnApply. Only submissions in English will be considered.

The selection of the courses will be based on the quality of proposals, relevance to the HLPF theme and focus of the 2021 SDG Learning, Training and Practice priorities (as indicated above), the expertise of the organizers, and willingness to produce the desired output. There is no fee for submission or approval of proposed courses.

Efforts will be undertaken to accommodate as many proposals as possible within the limitations of timeslots available. However, in the event that a high number of proposals are received, some submissions addressing similar themes might be grouped in the same session. Organizers will be notified accordingly. Additionally, only one course proposal will be considered per organization.

Course proposals should be submitted no later than 25 March 2021. The application form can be accessed through this link: https://bit.ly/SDGsLearnApply. Selected course proposals will be notified by 25May 2021.

For information on previous editions of the HLPF SDGs Learning, Training and Practice, please visit:

UNITAR

Mr. Pelayo Alvarez

United Nations Institute for Training and Research, New York Office

Email: pelayo.alvarez@unitar.org

UNDESA/DSDG

Ms. Naiara Costa

Senior Sustainable Development Officer

Email: naiara.costa@un.org