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Dear SDGi Community,

Our network keeps on growing! Find selected engagements, events, and resources and check out the new Tool of the Month. Watch our third video in our SDGi Member in the Spotlight series, featuring Jelena Manić Petronikolos from the SDG Integration Center at UNDP Serbia.

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have updates to share with our community, or would like our support to organize your next SDGi engagements, particularly ahead of the UN General Assembly.

Nadine

 

 IN THE NEWS 

CO-CREATION OPPORTUNITIES

Independent Evaluation Office: Reflections on COVID-19 Adaptation and Response

WEBINAR AND E-DISCUSSION – INTERNAL

Read up on the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) Reflections Papers and join the interactive 45-minute webinar on 26 August 2021 to gain insights about “what works” (or doesn’t) in UNDP programming for COVID-19 adaptation and response. Join us to continue the dialogue in an e-discussion taking place on SparkBlue between 26 August and 9 September 2021.

 

Collecting Good Practices and Lessons Learned on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

CALL FOR INPUTS – UN(DP)

Join the UN-wide effort to establish a repository of good practices of UN engagement in the UPR process by sharing your recent success stories and examples in this brief questionnaire (only the first question is mandatory) in English, Français, or Español by 25 August 2021. The answers will be used to support the roll-out of the dedicated UN Practical Guidance, facilitate a systemic exchange of good practices among countries, and showcase progress in national implementation efforts.

 

UNDP Projects Supporting Local Authorities to Increase their Access to Finance

CALL FOR INPUTS – INTERNAL

Help us better understand how UNDP programmes and projects are both improving the impact of local expenditure and ensuring more transparent and participative budgets. Please share your best practices and lessons learned via this brief questionnaire by 30 August 2021. This survey is part of the newly launched “Co-creation Initiative on Local Finance: Financing Local and Regional Government Needs”.

 

Digital Health: Scaling up Telehealth to Promote Equitable Access to Essential Health Services

E-DISCUSSION – PUBLIC

Over the past 18 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed health systems under significant strain, highlighting the importance of strengthening health system resilience, promoting equitable access to essential health services, and implementing innovative models of healthcare, such as telehealth. Keep an eye out for a telehealth-focused upcoming SparkBlue e-discussion, set to start on 23 August 2021. Follow the Communities of Practice (CoPs) on HIV and Health and SDG Integration for updates.

 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Data Thursdays: How to Use Data and Analytics to Solve 21st Century Challenges

APPLIED LEARNING SESSION – INTERNAL

Join us every Thursday for "Data Thursdays", a 60-minute hands-on, applied learning session on data and analytics in both programmatic and operational areas. The kick-off session will take place on 19 August 2021, 8:00-9:00 AM New York | 3:00-4:00 PM Addis Ababa | 7:00-8:00 PM Bangkok. No registration is needed, join the weekly webinar directly on Zoom. Meet your data community on Teams and SparkBlue.

 

UN Behavioural Science Group: Peer Exchanges on People-centered Theories and Approaches

ENGAGEMENT SPACE – UN(DP)

Managed by the UN Innovation Network, join more than 40 UN entities in 60 countries to learn about 'BeSci' approaches and methods, and help promote awareness and support behavioural science work at the UN. This group collaborates with academics in the behavioural sciences and with organizations specializing in designing and implementing behaviourally informed projects. Join the group.
 

Digital Solutions for Development: Putting Digital into Practice

BULLETIN – UNDP

Read up on this new bulletin from the UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development to understand how data can be used to solve key issues around the world, and learn more on the role of digital for development challenges and the SDGs — including ways to leverage emerging tech and innovation, ranging from AI, blockchain, Big Data, 5G, and more. Sign up at the bottom of this website.

 SAVE THE DATE

UN General Assembly (UNGA), 76th Session

OFFICIAL UN EVENTS – PUBLIC

This year's UN General Assembly will be taking place on 14-30 September 2021. Click for the Provisional Agenda of the 76th session (version as of 16 July 2021), and for the list of High-Level Meetings of the 76th Session, including the General Debate (21-27 September 2021). Updates will be reflected in the UN Journal, and all public UNGA events are webcast on the UN Web TV.

 

World Water Week 2021

ONLINE CONFERENCE – PUBLIC

Organized for 30 years by the Stockholm International Water Institute, join this online event taking place on 23-27 August 2021 on the theme of "Building Resilience Faster" to learn how to address global water challenges and mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of water sustainability. Register here.

 

International Conference on Sustainable Development: Research, Practice and Education

ONLINE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – PUBLIC

Organized by the European Center of Sustainable Development, the 2021 Conference will take place on 8-9 September 2021 and provide a forum for the sharing of ideas, presentation of research findings, and discussion of professional issues relevant to Sustainability Science. Find more information here.

 

Mark your Calendar: Other Events of Relevance to this Community

EVENTS – PUBLIC

 SDGi GLOBAL NEWS

Rethinking Nature, Crisis, and Complexity after the Pandemic

PUBLICATION

Learn how the nexus of nature, crisis, and complexity clarifies development can no longer be seen as a purely socioeconomic enterprise based on a set of linear targets and goals, but rather as the emergent outcome of a complex socio-ecological system. Read the full brief.

Source: UNDP, Development Futures Series, August 2021.
 

Seven Systems Transformations for Benchmarking Companies on the SDGs

PUBLICATION

Back in 2019 WBA published its first report ‘Measuring What Matters the Most’ offering a strategic framework to develop benchmarks and identify 2,000 keystone companies (SDG2000) that are vital to achieving the SDGs. This updated report defines the seven systems transformations in response to today’s societal and planetary needs in a post-pandemic context.

Source: World Benchmarking Alliance, July 2021.

 

Rising Up for SIDS: UNDP's Response to a Time of Uncertainty and Complexity

PUBLICATION

Aligned with the objectives of the SAMOA Pathway and the 2030 Agenda, UNDP offers agile, efficient support to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) through integrated solutions targeting systemic challenges. Read the full report or browse the online interactive version. 

 

How Do We Learn from a Network of Ecosystems to Reinvent Knowledge Management?

BLOG POST

Learn about network learning and find out how UNDP as an organization can maintain subsidiarity through distributed, independent operations and create space for convergence in knowledge creation across the Accelerator Labs network. Read the full story.

Source: UNDP Accelerator Labs, August 2021.

 SPOTLIGHT ON... 

Meet the SDGi Member in the Spotlight

JELENA MANIĆ PETRONIKOLOS, TEAM LEADER, SDG INTEGRATION CENTER, UNDP SERBIA

Read the full interview with Jelena Manić Petronikolos here.

#ICYMI: You can catch up on our past conversations with Matilda Dimovska (Uzbekistan) and with Stefan Liller (Uruguay). Wanna submit your story? Get in touch with us by 10 September 2021.

10 Engaging SDGi-related Twitter Profiles to Follow in 2021

TIPS FROM THE FACILITATOR

We've compiled selected Twitter profiles for colleagues interested in SDG implementation and SDG integration. What’s your favourite one? See our list.

Tool of the Month

ACCESS REAL-TIME, WEB-BASED DISASTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

? Explore the Knowledge Bank which includes UNDP’s SDG Integration tools as well as the SDG Acceleration Toolkit developed by the UN Sustainable Development Group. Browse this one-stop-shop for analyzing system interconnections, enhancing policy coherence, ensuring that no one is left behind, and identifying risks, and building resilience.

? Join the 1-year of SparkBlue Celebrations!

BROWSE OUR SUCCESS STORIES, SEE OUR IMPACT, AND FIND YOUR COMMUNITY!

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Do you want to learn how to host your next online engagements?   

 Get in touch with your Facilitator: nadine.ravaud@undp.org and info@sparkblue.org 

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