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Dear SDGi Community,

As the new year opens, welcome back to your monthly overview of carefully-selected co-creation opportunities, events, and key resources related to SDG Integration.

Don't miss out on the second IPPN Knowledge Café on UN integrated support for food system transformation on 19 January 2022, your weekly 'Data Thursdays' sessions starting again on 20 January 2022, and find the new Tool of the Month curated by the SDGi team. Don't hesitate to book a time with your CoP Facilitator if you would like to ask questions, share your experience, and get support to organize your next SDGi engagements.

Nadine

 

 IN THE NEWS 

CO-CREATION OPPORTUNITIES

UNDP RBAP Strategic Foresight Week 2022: Reimagining Ways to Decide, Design and Deliver

EVENTS – INTERNAL

Over the course of 3 days and 5 action-packed virtual sessions, join the RBAP Foresight Network to explore a Strategic Foresight package that COs can employ in 2022 for anticipatory planning. Designed for all UNDP RBAP staff, regardless of previous experience with foresight management, the sessions taking place between 19 and 21 January 2022, are also open to regions outside Asia and the Pacific. Find more information about the sessions and register for the event.
 

Independent Evaluation Office: UNDP Support to Empowering Marginalized Groups and Leaving No One Behind

WEBINAR AND E-DISCUSSION – INTERNAL

Read up on the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO)'s Reflections Papers series and their latest paper on UNDP Support to Empowering Marginalized Groups. If you missed it, watch the webinar recording (18 January 2022), and add your voice to the e-Discusion taking place on SparkBlue until 8 February 2022 to provide your insights about “what works” (or doesn’t) in UNDP programming. This discussion will contribute to the upcoming learning-oriented evaluation of UNDP’s integration of  “leaving no-one behind” principles. 
 

Business Call to Action: Inclusive Innovation Journey

CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS – PUBLIC

Learn about Business Call to Action (BCtA)’s Inclusive Innovation Journey, a government-led inclusive innovation process, which replicates and adapts proven inclusive business models and solutions to serve low-income populations. Check out best practices in Colombia focusing on telehealth solutions for pre-natal, natal and post-natal services; and in Tunisia on agritech solutions for efficient management of water resources. Feel free to share widely with your private sector partners, as company applications are open until 21 January 2022. For more information, please contact bcta@undp.org.

 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Data Thursdays: Stocktaking of Our Journey So Far and What's in Store for 2022

APPLIED LEARNING SESSIONS – UN(DP)

Join the next session on 20 January 2022 (8:00 AM New York | 4:00 PM Addis Ababa | 8:00 PM Bangkok) to learn how Data Thursdays has contributed to building a data-savvy global workforce empowered to use improved data sources, tools, and support with a review of the key learnings in the past 4 months, and discover a presentation of what's in store for the data community in 2022. No registration is needed, join the webinar directly on Zoom. If you missed any sessions last year, read our brief summaries of Theme 1, Theme 2, and Theme 3 and now also Theme 4: Data Science and Applications! Meet your Data Community on Teams and SparkBlue.
 

The Nexus Podcast Collection: "Financing the Humanitarian-Development Nexus: Is it Really All About the Money?"

PODCAST – PUBLIC

Developed by the Results Group 4 on Humanitarian-Development Collaboration (RG4) of the Inter-agency Standing Committee on Humanitarian Coordination (IASC), "The Nexus Collection" is a new podcast series focused on the humanitarian-development nexus. Listen to the most recent episode to find out about how finance can help and hinders development and humanitarian actors in a nexus approach, what the donors are doing, and some insights on what they should do next. Browse all previous episodes and find out more about the work of the RG4 here.

 SAVE THE DATE

Integrated Policy Practitioners' Network Knowledge Café: UN Integrated Support for Food Systems Transformation

WEBINAR – PUBLIC

Co-organized by 9 UN agencies, join us for the second IPPN Knowledge Café on 19 January 2022 (8:00 AM New York | 4:00 PM Addis Ababa | 8:00 PM Bangkok) to explore the work of the regional UN Issue-based Coalition on Sustainable Food Systems and review the follow up to the UN Food Systems Summit (September 2021) which provided a unique opportunity to engage Member States and non-state actors to galvanize action and discuss policy issues for food systems transformation in the region. No registration is needed, join us directly on Zoom (same link every month). Join the IPPN group on SparkBlue, and sign up to receive updates about the IPPN. Don't hesitate to share with your colleagues and interested partners!
 

UN Regional Commissions' Regional Forums for Sustainable Development in 2022

EVENTS – PUBLIC

Convened by the UN Regional Commissions, the regional forums will assess progress and exchange knowledge, good practices and policy solutions to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in line with regional priorities and specificities. Mark your calendars for Africa (3-5 March 2022), Latin America and the Caribbean (8-10 March 2022), Western Asia (15-17 March 2022), Asia and the Pacific (28-31 March 2022), and Europe (6-7 April 2022). Find more information here.

 

Mark your Calendar: Other Events of Relevance for this Community

EVENTS – PUBLIC

Click for an overview of selected events taking place in the first quarter (January-March 2022).

 SDGi GLOBAL NEWS

Guide for Integrated Planning in Africa: Facilitating Recovery Pathways Crafted by National Governments

PUBLICATION

The Guide aims to help countries recover and build resilience through integrated development planning, leveraging on the SDGs, Africa’s Agenda 2063 and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). UNDP partnered with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA–NEPAD) to create a tool to nform policy and investment choices being made in national and regional systems in the pursuit of solid pathways towards resilient and inclusive growth at sub-national, national, and regional levels. Read the full guide.

Source: UNDP Africa, December 2021
 

WEF's Global Risks Report 2022, 17th Edition

PUBLICATION

Read up on this flagship yearly report by the World Economic Forum (WEF). This yearly series tracks global risk perceptions among risk experts and world leaders in business, government, and civil society — across five categories: economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal, and technological. Learn how divergent COVID-19 recovery pathways may erode social cohesion as the ripple effects of expansionary monetary policy and Governments' crisis spending could morph into debt crises, climate change mitigation lags behind, and geopolitical tensions threaten to escalate. Browse the key findings in the report summary, dig deeper by browsing the data, or read the full report.

Source: World Economic Forum, January 2022


OECD Development Co-operation Report 2021: Shaping a Just Digital Transformation

PUBLICATION

Digital transformation is revolutionizing economies and societies with rapid technological advances in AI, robotics and the Internet of Things. This report makes the case for choosing to hardwire inclusion into digital technology processes, and emerging norms and standards. It equips international development organizations with the latest guidance and good practices that put people and the sustainable development goals at the centre of digital transformation. Available in English, French, and Spanish, and in formats accessible to persons with disabilities. Find previous editions and read the full report. Sign up to receive OECD newsletters.

Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), December 2021
 

New UNDP Publications on Climate Finance for Sustaining Peace and for Enhancing Gender and Poverty Integration

PUBLICATIONS

Read up on this study on Making Climate Finance Work for Conflict-Affected and Fragile Contexts, which reflects on the metadata analysis projects implemented in 146 countries, including 56 fragile states shows that conflict and fragility may affect access to and implementation of climate finance and its implementation may interact with drivers of fragility and insecurity. Check out also the Framework for Enhancing Gender and Poverty Integration in Climate Finance, which responds to a central topic for the green economic recovery agenda regarding the mobilization of resources, supporting fiscal policies that helps in climate actions that scale up social protection, strengthen gender equality, reduce poverty, and address inequalities.

Source: UNDP, December 2021
 

Top 10 IMF Blogs of 2021 Show Breadth of Global Policy Challenges

BLOGS

Top issues that attracted IMF readers in 2021 included seeking insight on the widening gaps in the global economic recovery, diverging vaccination prospects, soaring inflation and how the hard-won credibility of central banks can contain it. Two blogs by Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF Managing Director, are of particular interest: Urgent Action Needed to Address a Worsening ‘Two-Track’ Recovery, and. A Proposal to End the COVID-19 Pandemic. Rapid innovation in digital money also caught IMF readers’ interest on what crypto and other new technologies may mean for financial stability. Read the full story. Subscribe for IMF Blog email updates.

Source: International Monetary Fund's Blog, December 2021

 SPOTLIGHT ON... 

New Year, New Plan: Sustainable Development in 2022

SEE SOME KEY MOMENTS TO WATCH IN THE YEAR AHEAD

In 2022, UNDP puts its new Strategic Plan into action, grounded in our commitment to eradicating poverty and helping countries achieve the SDGs. Watch and share this interactive story developed by BERA to better visualize how the interconnected challenges ahead require integrated solutions.

    8 User-friendly SDGi-related Online Fundraising Databases to Search in 2022

    TIPS FROM THE FACILITATOR

    We've compiled selected online fundraising databases managed by non-for-profit organizations for colleagues interested in browsing relevant funding opportunities on SDG implementation and SDG integration. What’s your favourite one? See our list and don't hesitate to share with interested colleagues!

    Find all previous "Tips" in one place in the CoP SDGi group on SparkBlue. Got ideas about new "Tips"? Let us know.

    Tool of the Month

    SUPPORTING DECISION-MAKERS TO ASSESS COVID-19 IMPACT ON THE COSTS OF SOCIAL PROTECTION PROGRAMMES


     
     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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