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Dear SDGi Community,

It is my pleasure to share a monthly overview of selected co-creation opportunities, events, and key resources related to SDG Integration. All previous Snapshots can be accessed in 
one click on SparkBlue.

Don't miss out on the numerous calls for applications and inputs and find the new Tool of the Month curated by the SDGi team. Please 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.

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Nadine

 

 IN THE NEWS 

CO-CREATION OPPORTUNITIES

UN Artificial Intelligence (AI) Report: Showcase your AI Solutions to Advance the SDGs

CALL FOR INPUTS – EXTERNAL

A joint effort between ITU and 32 UN agencies and bodies, all partners of 2018's AI for Good Global Summit, the UN Activities on AI Report provides information about the diverse and innovative activities related to AI across the UN system. Help us showcase how UNDP works with AI to advance the SDGs: contact the UNDP Data Team at data@undp.org by 26 August 2022 to submit your AI activities for the 2022 iteration of the report.
 

UNDP Consultation to Inform our Offer on Extractive Industries (EI) for People and Planet

CONSULTATION – INTERNAL

UNDP has been focusing on accelerating countries' transition to affordable, reliable and net-zero energy systems while addressing the energy poverty and the right to a safe and healthy environment. Join this important consultation to shape the global portfolio of EI programmes and projects with your valuable inputs on the challenges and opportunities related to data, innovation, and financing. Share your insights by 12 September 2022.
 

Partnering for the Global Goals 2030 (P4G)'s State-of-the-Art Partnerships Award

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – EXTERNAL

P4G is looking for the world's most innovative examples of multi-stakeholder partnerships that can rapidly scale and replicate their models of change to deliver transformative impact. An award of excellence will be presented to one partnership in each of the following areas: SDGs 2, 6, 7, 11 and 12. Find more information and apply by 31 August 2022.

 

UNDP, Apolitical, and Amazon Web Services' Future of Government Award

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – EXTERNAL

Join us to celebrate public servants and government organizations who are championing and deploying digital transformation, resulting in digital technologies that improve lives and livelihoods. This initiative includes three award categories: 1) Digital Innovator of the Year, for individual public servants, 2) Open-Source Creation of the Year, and 3) Open-Source Adaptation of the Year, honoring organizations that have reused open-source solutions. Submit your nominations by 14 October 2022.
 

Climate Aggregation Platform: Financial Innovation Challenge

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – EXTERNAL

Help us crowdsource novel aggregative approaches to financing low-carbon energy in developing countries, with the potential to be awarded up to USD 40,000 to develop the proposed innovations. Focused on SDG 7 on clean, affordable energy for all and SDG 13 on climate action in one or multiple developing countries in East Africa, proposals may however be submitted by applicants from any country. Submit your application by 31 August 2022.

 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Data Thursdays: Have Your Say on New Theme Topics in 2022!

APPLIED LEARNING SESSIONS – UN(DP)

Starting again from mid-September, your weekly Data Thursdays interactive sessions will take place every Thursday to explore challenges and best practices for working with data and analytics in both programmatic and operational areas. Share your inputs in this quick poll on upcoming theme topics for the rest of the year by 31 August 2022 (it will take approx. 1 minute to complete). If you missed any sessions so far, meet your Data Community on Teams and find summaries of past sessions on SparkBlue. Any questions can be addressed to the Data Team: data@undp.org.
 

Anticipatory Governance: The Role of Foresight in Planning and Policymaking

POLICY DIALOGUE – INTERNAL

Join the RBAP Strategic Foresight Network and UNDP Bhutan on 29 August (11:00 AM Geneva | 12:00 PM Addis Ababa/ Amman | 4:00 PM Bangkok) to explore the topic, importance, and uses of anticipatory governance, and the application of foresight into planning and policymaking. In particular, the UNDP Bhutan Accelerator Lab Team will explain how happiness, foresight and planning are interconnected. Register in two clicks to receive the Zoom connection details, any questions can be addressed to: samantha.happ@undp.org.

 

UN Staff College's Integrated Analysis for Sustaining Peace Programme

ONLINE COURSE, WORKSHOP, AND BOOTCAMP – PUBLIC

Join this series of UNSCC learning activities to better understand integrated analysis concepts, tools, and products and to strengthen information collection and analytical capacities. Using practical simulations and exercises, participate with practitioners working in peace and security and peace building in the five-week online course (enroll by 9 September 2022), the 3.5-day bootcamp (enroll by 30 September 2022), and the three-day paid workshop (enroll by 28 October 2022). Click here for more UNSSC learning activities related to integration.

 SAVE THE DATE

UN General Assembly (UNGA), 77th Session

OFFICIAL UN EVENTS – PUBLIC

This year's UN General Assembly will be taking place on 13-27 September 2022. Click for the Provisional Agenda of the 77th session and for the Provisional List of High-Level Meetings, including the General Debate. Updates will be reflected in the UN Journal, and all public UNGA events are webcast on the UN Web TV.
 

Integrated Policy Practitioners' Network (IPPN): UN Support to Rights-based Voluntary National Reviews (VNR)

KNOWLEDGE CAFÉ – PUBLIC

Join the next IPPN Knowledge Café taking place on 14 September 2022 to learn about the new practical resource to maximize synergies - Human Rights and Voluntary National Reviews: Operational Common Approach Guidance Note - and exchange experiences with colleagues across the UN system supporting the development of rights-based VNRs. If you are interested in the network, read up on the IPPN Newsletter, invite colleagues and partners to sign up for the newsletter and answer this quick 1-question poll on the future of IPPN activities! Any questions can be addressed to ippn@sparkblue.org.
 

Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo 2022: Advancing SSTC for Sustainable COVID-19 Recovery

VIRTUAL MEETINGS – PUBLIC

The 11th GSSD Expo will be held on 12-14 September 2022 in conjunction with the 2022 UN Day for South-South Cooperation. Co-hosted by the Government of Thailand, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, it will showcase evidence-based successful development solutions and initiatives. Check out the timeline and key dates and register to virtually attend the main expo, exhibition, and entrepreneurship competition. Browse the South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) online community on Yammer for stay up to date with upcoming events organized by UNDP.
 

Mark your Calendar: Other Events of Relevance for this Community

EVENTS – PUBLIC

 SDGi GLOBAL NEWS

UNDESA's Sustainable Development Goals Report 2022 

PUBLICATION

Take a deep dive into this latest flagship report to better understand how the climate crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic and an increased number of conflicts around the world have placed the 17 SDGs in jeopardy. It presents data provided by over 200 countries explaining the severity and magnitude of the challenges, with these cascading and intersecting crises creating spin-off impacts on food and nutrition, health, education, the environment, and peace and security, and affecting all the SDGs.

Source: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistics Division, July 2022


UNDP's Inclusive by Design: Accelerating Digital Transformation for the Global Goals

POLICY BRIEF

Read up on this new report to learn how countries can boost their inclusive digital transformation, and emerging practices that can be adopted to promote a whole-of-society approach. It outlines a set of good practices to boost inclusive digital transformation at the country level featuring real-life examples from Rwanda, Dominica, Bangladesh, Ukraine and other countries.

Source: UNDP Chief Digital Office, August 2022
 

Scientific Evidence Suggests only Limited Transformative Political Impact of the SDGs

ACADEMIC RESEARCH

Browse this meta analysis of over 3,000 scientific studies by a team of 61 scholars on the SDGs published between 2016 and April 2021. It suggests that the political impact on institutions and policies has been largely discursive, affecting the way actors understand and communicate about sustainable development. More profound normative and institutional impact, from legislative action to changing resource allocation, remains rare according to this interesting research.

Source: Nature Sustainability, June 2022
 

UNDP RBAP Foresight Playbook

PUBLICATION

Explore the practical entry points to incorporate foresight into UNDP’s work with the aim of building anticipatory capacities to better respond to risk, uncertainty, and opportunities in the future. Building on previous foresight guidance, such as the UNDP 2018 Foresight Manual (2018), this Playbook further outlines the approaches, methodologies, and tools by which UNDP stakeholders can embed anticipation into existing internal planning and design processes.

Source: UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, July 2022

 SPOTLIGHT ON... 

HLPF Flagship Event: Tackling the Global Cost-of-Living Crisis

LEARN ABOUT THE POLICY OPTIONS COUNTRIES CAN TAKE TO MITIGATE THE CRISIS, BASED ON EVIDENCE AND DATA

Watch Achim Steiner and several keynote speakers discuss concrete solutions to halt a slide into poverty for millions now reeling from astronomical food and fuel prices, catalyzed by the war in Ukraine. 

UNDP Job Site: Experts on SDG Integration, Strategic Innovation, Data, and Development Financing

JOB OPPORTUNITIES – PUBLIC

Tool of the Month

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDANCE TO INITIATE AND DESIGN A DATA INNOVATION PROJECT AND ENGAGE THE RIGHT PARTNERS

? 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.

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