GCSPF E-Newsletter #13 - July 2018 - HLPF

e-GCSPF # 13 - July 2018 - HLPF
Members of the GCSPF participate at the High Level Political Forum 2018

The high-level political forum on sustainable development will meet from Monday, 9 to Wednesday, 18 July 2018. The ministerial meeting of the forum will be from Monday, 16 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.
The theme is: "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies". The HLPF will also review progress towards the SDGS and focus in particular on Goal 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17. During the ministerial meetings 47 countries will carry out Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs).

Members of the GCSPF will organize and/or participate in several side events, see below the information.

Members of the GCSPF will hold an INFORMAL MEETING next Monday 16th at 10:15 am at Guillermo Campuzano’s office which is located at 246 E 46th street between 2nd and 3rd., New York.

SDG 6 and Leave No Woman Behind

Access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is a human right. It is a precondition for combating poverty, securing good health and well-being, enhancing dignity, and reducing exposure to violence for all women and girls. Slow progress ensuring the right to water and sanitation for all is a significant obstacle to the achievement of all SDGs. Rapid urbanization has brought particular challenges including housing, transport and inadequate basic services for water and sanitation. Difficult terrain, unsafe access to toilets and the risk of sexual assault are special hazards for children, adolescent girls and older women.
This event will bring together the experiences of marginalized women, including girls and older women, and women with disabilities, in accessing safe and secure water, sanitation and hygiene in slum communities. It will discuss innovations and best practices to promote women and girls’ greater safety and security. Commentary for progress will be given by UN Women and WaterAid.
Organizing Partners: Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)| Gray Panthers
Co-Organizers: Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD) | Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities | Stakeholder Group on Ageing | International Disability Alliance | International Forum of National NGO Platforms | Asia Dalit Rights Forum | Asia Civil Society Partnership for Sustainable Development | African Platform for Social Protection | FEMNET The African Women’s Development and Communication Networks | WaterAid
Friday, 13 July 2018, 12:30 to 14:30
Venue: AARP office 750 Third Avenue (between E 46th St and E 47th St), 31st Floor Read more

SDG-implementation at national level: What's the point of national reports?

VNRs and shadow (or spotlight) reporting:
How it is key for meaningful participation and accountability

The national voluntary reporting to the High Level Political Forum of ECOSOC is a practice that has gained traction, as dozens of governments are volunteering each year to participate and contribute their VNRs. A number of CSOs have prepared their own shadow or spotlight reports to follow-up on their governments efforts to implement the 2030-Agenda. Is there a meaningful dialogue between the official and the alternative reports? What is the value of the whole exercise? These issues will be debated on July 13, 2018 | 1:15 PM to 2:45 PM at WeWork Grand Central, 4th Floor, Room 4A, 450 Lexington Ave, New York 10017 Read more

Partnership or Business Case? Private Sector and the SDGs

The private sector plays a significant role in achieving the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Several corporations have already pledged their support for the SDGs or evaluated the relevance of SDGs in their business activities. The UN Global Compact has started a global campaign to celebrate business leaders who are taking action to advance the 2030 Agenda.
In many countries, engaging the private sector in SDG implementation is part of official policy. Governments and the UN are seeking increased commitment from the private sector in order to finance SDG implementation and bring growth to their economies. Many governments expect the involvement of companies in SDG implementation to lead to greater social and environmental awareness in business strategies.
Date: Friday, 13 July 2018, 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm
Place: Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 Read more

The implementation of SDG 6.4 Water use and scarcity and its link to the Human Right to Food
Monday, July 16th, 2018, 06:30 p.m. – 08:30 p.m.
Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, Auditorium, 871 United Nations Plaza (First Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets), New York
The side event is organized by Bread for the World together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Read more



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