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ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2023

Tue 31 Jan 2023, 10.00 am
Trusteeship Council Chamber (in person)/ Online UN DESA

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Background

Theme: "Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels."

 

The 2023 Partnership Forum of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will be held on Tuesday, 31 January 2023, from 9:00 am to 5:45 pm (EDT), back-to-back with the Council’s Coordination Segment, at the United Nations headquarters in New York. 

Under the main theme of the 2023 ECOSOC and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), “Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels”, the 2023 ECOSOC Partnership Forum will bring together UN Member States and stakeholders – from civil society, the private sector, scientists, women, youth, local governments and many others – to discuss innovative efforts that are driving action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to highlight the contributions that partnerships can make in this regard.

An analytical summary will be prepared to capture the key policy messages of the Forum along with the messages of the Coordination Segment, which will serve as an input to the July 2023 HLPF and the 2023 SDG Summit as well as the overall work of the ECOSOC and other key inter-governmental processes throughout 2023.

The Partnership Exchange, organized by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs virtually on 30 January 2023, the day prior the ECOSOC Partnership Forum, will provide a space for Member States and other stakeholders to share knowledge and expertise in the design and implementation of partnerships that will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Partnership Exchange is open to all interested stakeholders. Click here to register. Deadline 26 January 2023

For more information, including on its preparatory process and format, please refer to the latest concept note here.

Participation:

Stakeholders(NGOs and others) could register to attend either virtually or in-person. Registration for in-person participation is now closed.

Virtual participation is still open until 12:00 noon (EST), Monday, 30 January 2023. Register for virtual participation here

For in-person participation, please note that the Forum is open to all those holding a valid UN Ground Pass, no additional registration is needed. 

Announcements

Virtual participation is still open!

Register for virtual participation here

Deadline to register for virtual participation: 12:00 noon (EST), Monday, 30 January 2023.

 

The information note can be accessed here

The side event programme can be accessed here.

The concept note can be accessed here

Opening Session

 

H.E. Ms. Lachezara Stoeva, President of ECOSOC

ECOSOC President

 

She is currently the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations in New York. Before her appointment, Ms. Stoeva headed the Department of Economic, Financial and Administrative Affairs of the United Nations, in Bulgaria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She served as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2016 to 2019, prior to which she was Acting Deputy Permanent Representative and Counsellor, responsible for issues including international security and disarmament. Prior to her posting in New York, Ms. Stoeva headed the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation from 2013 to 2014, and the Department of International Development Cooperation from 2012 until 2013.

Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General (tbc)

Ms. Amina Mohammed

 

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Mohammed served as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action and efforts to protect the natural environment. Ms. Mohammed first joined the United Nations in 2012 as Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the responsibility for post-2015 development planning. She led the process that resulted in global agreement around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Keynote Address

Ms. Mia Kami, Artist, Storyteller, and Climate Justice Activist

Mia Kami

 

She is a winner of the 2022 SDG Award and a Tongan singer/songwriter and is currently teaching at Tupou College Toloa in Tonga. Mia is passionate about indigenous sovereignty, climate change, ocean conservation and the Pacific region. She attended the University of the South Pacific where she majored in Law and Politics. Mia channels her passions into songwriting & uses her music to tell her stories as a young Pacific woman. She believes that art is the strongest form of storytelling that connects Pacific and indigenous people to their ancestors & their descendants.

 

 

Closing Session

Mr. Li Junhua, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

Mr. Li Junhua

 

Mr. Li began his career at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1985.  Since then, he has served in various capacities, including as Director General of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China (2013-2019), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Myanmar (2010-2012), Deputy Director General of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences (2008-2010), Minister Counselor (Political), Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations (2003-2008), Division Director and Counselor in charge of UN General Assembly and Security Council Affairs (2001-2003), Second and First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations (1997-2001). Third and Second Secretary, the Department of International Organizations and Conferences (1992-1997) and Assistant to the Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of China to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok (1986-1992).

ASG Ms. Sanda Ojiambo

Sanda Ojiambo
Ms. Sanda Ojiambo serves as the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Global Compact. She was appointed by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in April 2022. Prior that, she spent the last two years as the CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. She brings to the UN Global Compact more than 20 years of experience in the public, multilateral and private sectors including as Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact, Safaricom Plc in Kenya; and capacity development work in CARE International and United Nations Programme Somalia.  

H.E. Ms. Lachezara Stoeva, President of ECOSOC

ECOSOC President
She is currently the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations in New York. Before her appointment, Ms. Stoeva headed the Department of Economic, Financial and Administrative Affairs of the United Nations, in Bulgaria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She served as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2016 to 2019, prior to which she was Acting Deputy Permanent Representative and Counsellor, responsible for issues including international security and disarmament. Prior to her posting in New York, Ms. Stoeva headed the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation from 2013 to 2014, and the Department of International Development Cooperation from 2012 until 2013.

 

Six informal parallel “Spotlight Sessions” will be organized in hybrid format by selected partners from the UN system and stakeholders on priority topics to both mobilize forward-looking actions and shine the spotlight on solutions.

 

Session number
Title
Time & Location
    Lead-organizer
    Co-organizer
Join
Contact Person
Concept Note
(Upcoming)
Summary
(Upcoming)
Recording
(Upcoming)
1

Unlocking financing for SDG implementation: the role of the private sector and partnerships at all levels

12:00 – 1:00 pm EST 

(CR 5: hybrid)

International Organization of Employers (IOE)

United States Council for International Business (USCIB)

 

Mohira Kurbanova: kurbanova@ioe-emp.com

Here    
2

Providing affordable and quality public services at local level: how can multistakeholder partnerships help

12:00 – 1:00 pm EST 

(CR 11: hybrid)

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

Public Service International (PSI), Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments (GTF)

 

Massimo Perrino: m.perrino@uclg.org 

Here    
3

SDG Summit: Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships to accelerate sustainable recovery and development

3:00 – 4:00 pm EST

(Trusteeship Council Chamber: hybrid)

United Nations Foundation (UNF)

 

 

Pablo Angulo-Troconis: pangulo-troconis@unfoundation.org

Here    
4

Youth Driving Change: inter-generational collaboration for the SDGs

3:00 – 4:00 pm EST

(CR 11: hybrid)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations

 

Noella Richard:  noella.richard@undp.org 

Here    
5

Enhancing capacities for transformation: Building partnerships to harness science, technology and innovation

4:15 – 5:15 pm EST

(Trusteeship Council Chamber: hybrid)

Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

UN AI, Dag Hammarskjöld UN Library and SDSN Youth

 

Patrick Paul Walsh: Paul.Walsh@unsdsn.org/ ppwalsh@ucd.ie

Samantha Thompson: sam.thompson@unsdsn.org

Here    
6

Bringing Accountability to Partnerships, Including to Leave No One Behind

4:15 – 5:15 pm EST

(CR 11: hybrid)

Major Groups and other Stakeholders Coordination Mechanism (MGOS CM)

N/A

 

Mabel Bianco: bianco.mabel@gmail.com

Ajay Jha: k.ajay.j@gmail.com

Here    

 

The Partnership Forum will bring together governments and other stakeholders to debate new ideas and solutions on the main theme of the ECOSOC and the HLPF Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels”. In order to support inclusive preparations, the ECOSOC President, H.E. Ms. Lachezara Stoeva, has established an informal Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group to advise her on the organization of the 2023 ECOSOC Partnership Forum.

On 30 November 2022, Members of the Multi-Stakeholders Advisory Group attended a virtual Expert Group Meeting (EGM) to provide inputs to the Partnership Forum programme and share ideas for the promotion and mobilization of actions to be showcased at the Forum. The meeting was organized by UN DESA and the UN Foundation.

Please, find here an overview of all Members of the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory on the 2023 ECOSOC Partnership Forum. 

A summary of the discussions during the Expert Group Meeting can be found HERE

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2023 Partnership Forum - Official Side Events Programme:

In-Person Side Events: 

Organizers 
Title
Date and Time 
Format and Location
Event Webpage
The Hunger Project, Relief International, Institute for State Effectiveness: all members of the Movement for Community-led Development Shift the Power for Post-COVID SDG Progress 8:15-9:30 AM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 In person side event inside UN Headquarters - CR 5 Here
Permanent Missions of Portugal and Samoa in partnership with the IOM Office to the UN, UN-DESA and OHRLLS Addressing the challenges of climate-induced human mobility in SIDS through effective partnerships, in a context of recovery from COVID-19 1:15-2:30 PM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 In person side event inside UN Headquarters - CR 5 Here
"la Caixa" Foundation Breaking the cycle of child poverty through multi stakeholder partnerships and social innovation strategies to achieve the 2030 Agenda 1:15-2:30 PM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 In person side event inside UN Headquarters - CR 11 Here

 

Virtual Side Events: 

Organizers 
Title
Date and Time 
Format and Location
Event Webpage
UN-Habitat, UNDESA, UNECE, UNESCWA, UNECA, UNESCAP, and UCLG Multilevel governance for SDG Localization  8:30 - 9:45 AM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual   
UN Global Compact China Liaison Office; International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR); China Business Network (Yicai) Accelerating Net Zero Transition through Innovative Partnerships -- SDG-driven Business Solutions Across Sectors to Combat Global Plastic Crisis 8:30 - 9:45 AM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual   
Imperial College London How collaborative innovation can upscale partnerships for an inclusive global recovery of Covid-19 and drive action on Sustainable Development Goals   8:30 - 9:45 AM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual  Here
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS), UNESCO, UNDP, UNCTAD WSIS cooperation for accelerating progress on the SDGs 8:30 - 9:45 AM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual  Here
Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights; ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURE COUNCIL OF THE AFRICAN UNION Strengthening International and Regional Partnerships and their Role in Advancing Sustainable Development 8:30 - 9:45 AM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual  Here
SDSN Association, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, Playing to Live, The Red Door, Project Everyone, Education for Sharing, Mahashakti Seva Kendra, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens, Global Happiness Council #WeChampion Greening Education Systems through Partnerships 8:30 - 9:45 AM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual  Here
SDSN Association Pandemic pivots: How lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic can improve the future of education 8:30 - 9:45 AM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual  Here
Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (Wiener Drogen Komittee, VNGOC), New York NGO Committee on Drugs and UNODC Civil Society Unit The central role of civil society in drug policies, COVID-19 and achieving the 2030 Agenda 8:30 - 9:45 AM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual  Here
India Water Foundation, UNEP, UN ESCAP South and South West Asia office Accelerating SDG 6 through Multi-stakeholder Partnerships at all levels: A High level Policy Dialogue 8:30 - 9:45 AM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual  Here
United Nations Association of Russia,Global Compact Network Russia, UN Information Centre in Moscow (UNIC) NGOs Partnerships and sustainable projects: the impact of COVID-19 and new realities 8:30 - 9:45 AM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual  Here
SDSN and University College Dublin

Partnerships in SDG Education and Training:  towards curating, assessing and dissemination of a Global SDG Knowledge Commons

8:30 - 9:45 AM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual  Here
Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future Leveraging interlinkages among SDGs through inclusive partnerships with local communities 1:15 - 2:45 PM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual  Here
The Institute for Conscious Global Change (ICGC) Inc. Advancing the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda Using Geographic Information, Earth Observation and GeoDesign    1:15 - 2:45 PM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual  Here
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), International Science Council (ICS), Earth System Governance Taskforce (ESG) Science partnerships: supporting SDG policy and budget decisions that are backed by science and expertise 1:15-2:30 PM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual  Here
United Nations Office for Partnerships, Fashion Impact Fund Partnerships to Advance Circular Fashion 2pm - 3pm EST (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual  Here
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Liaison Office in China, International Committee of the Red Cross (tentative), Center for International Knowledge on Development, China (tentative) Building resilient healthcare infrastructure for sustainable recovery through public and private partnerships 6:00 - 7:30 PM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual   
Pathways To Peace, Rotary EClub of World Peace, Police2Peace, International Cities of Peace Partnership: Successful Models and Critical Factors for Local/Global SDG Impact 6:00 - 7:30 PM (EST, New York time) 31 January 2023 Virtual  Here

 

summary report card

READ THE SUMMARY REPORT HERE. 

 

In preparation for the 2023 ECOSOC Partnership Forum, a global online stakeholder consultation was held to solicit views, experiences and proposals from all stakeholders. The consultation received over 700 inputs from all sectors and regions of the world. With many thanks to those who submitted inputs, please view the key messages and takeaways from the consultation in the report here. In addition, all submitted responses are available here.

For more information on the global online stakeholder consultation, please visit the dedicated webpage here. 

The Partnership Exchange, organized by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs virtually on 30 January 2023, the day prior the ECOSOC Partnership Forum, will provide a space for Member States and other stakeholders to share knowledge and expertise in the design and implementation of partnerships that will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Partnership Exchange is open to all interested stakeholders. Click here to register. Deadline 26 January 2023