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Dear SDGi Community,

This month, browse our selected engagements and resources, and find a list of the numerous events taking place in the framework of the UN General Assembly! Check out the new Tool of the Month curated by the SDGi team, and watch our colleagues discuss uncertainty and risk in the 'Hello Future' series.

Don't hesitate to share updates with our community, and please book a time with your CoP Facilitator if you would like our support to organize your next SDGi engagements.

Nadine

 

 IN THE NEWS 

CO-CREATION OPPORTUNITIES

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 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. Last days to contribute to the SparkBlue e-discussion: deadline extended until 24 September 2021.
 

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

E-DISCUSSION – INTERNAL

Read up on the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) Reflections Papers to gain insights about “what works” (or doesn’t) in UNDP programming for COVID-19 adaptation and response. Last days to contribute to the SparkBlue e-discussion: deadline extended until 17 September 2021.
 

UNDESA-UNDP Global Policy Dialogues on "Preparing for What’s Next"

CALL FOR AUTHORS – INTERNAL

UNDP is co-hosting a six-part Global Policy Dialogue Series from September 2021 to February 2022 to share insights and analysis on reducing risks and making our future systems more resilient. We are looking for UNDP practitioners who have expertise on these “future of…” topics and who would like to be part of the UNDP futurologist author's group. Find more information.
 

UN Statistics Division's UN World Data Forum 2021

CALL FOR BLOGS – UN(DP)

Contribute to this call for blogs by 8 October 2021 to showcase how working with data can support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Relevant to the thematic areas of the UN World Data Forum, blogs should highlight practical solutions and hands-on experiences and contribute to delivering better data for evidence-based policymaking and address pressing issues faced by the global data and statistical communities and beyond.

 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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

APPLIED LEARNING SESSION – UN(DP)

Join us for the next session on "Non-Traditional Data Sources: Providing Insights into Sustainable Development" taking place on 16 September 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. Check out the Sessions Schedule and watch our 1-min intro video! Meet your data community on Teams and SparkBlue.

 

The International Monetary Fund's Free Online Courses

ONLINE COURSE – PUBLIC


Join this series of free IMF online courses starting in September 2021, including: "Financial Development and Financial Inclusion", "Compilation Basics for Macroeconomic Statistics", "Macroeconometric Forecasting", and "Public Debt Dynamics under Uncertainty". Some are available in French and Spanish. See the full list and visit the IMF Institute Learning Channel on YouTube to keep with other learning opportunities at the IMF.

 

The World Bank MOOC on 'Data for Better Lives: A New Social Contract'

ONLINE COURSE – PUBLIC

Enroll in this free, virtual course taking place between 6 October and 16 November 2021 to explore the World Bank's 2021 World Development Report (WDR) and how data can be used for advancing development outcomes. Learn about the principles of a new social contract for data and data governance needed to transform the lives of the poor.
 

The European Commission International Partnerships Academy's Free Online Courses

ONLINE COURSES – PUBLIC

Register in a few clicks on the EC's learning platform to browse interesting self-paced online courses, including Policy Coherence for Development (also available in French) and Working Better Together for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda through Joint Programming and Implementation. Being a practitioner from the EU institutions and from EU Member States is not a requirement, and there are no enrollment deadlines. Browse the full list of online courses related to all SDGs.

 SAVE THE DATE

SDG Moment 2021: Transformative Change at Scale is Possible Between Now and 2030

ONLINE CONFERENCE – PUBLIC


Convened by the UN Secretary-General, the second SDG Moment will be held virtually on 20 September 2021, featuring a range of high-level speakers and special guests. Read the background note, view the full list of events, and don't miss the 'Roundtable Debate on Leveraging the COVID-19 Response and Recovery to Accelerate SDG Implementation', live on UN Web TV at 8.40 AM EDT (New York), which will feature insights from the COVID impact on SDGs study and the Global Dashboard for Vaccine Equity.
 

Global Goals Week 2021: An Annual Week of Action, Awareness, and Accountability for the SDGs

ONLINE CONFERENCE – PUBLIC


Organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign, join this series of events taking place between 17 and 26 September 2021 to meet thousands of partners across civil society, business, academia, and the UN system to accelerate action on the SDGs. View the full list of events for 2021, find ways to get involved, and browse the community resources.
 

High-level Dialogue on Energy: Join the Energy Revolution

ONLINE CONFERENCE – PUBLIC


Co-chaired by the UNDP Administrator together with the Special Representative on Sustainable Energy for All, the High-level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE) will take place on 24 September 2021 and aims to put SDG 7 at the forefront of the global policy agenda. Key objectives include strengthening synergies with major intergovernmental processes and catalyzing finance, investment, innovation, new technologies, capacity building, and quality data for SDG 7 acceleration. Browse the HLDE Resource Hub on SparkBlue and sign-up for "The Switch" to get weekly updates curated by the Community of Practice (CoP) on Energy.
 

UN Food Systems Summit 2021

ONLINE CONFERENCE – PUBLIC


Taking place on 23 September 2021, the Summit will seek to set the stage for global food systems transformation to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Let's contribute to this catalytic moment for public mobilization and actionable commitments by Heads of State and Government and other leaders to take this important agenda forward! Register, click for the full list of events, and find ways to get involved.
 

Mark your Calendar: Other Events of Relevance for this Community

EVENTS – PUBLIC

       SDGi GLOBAL NEWS

      Our New Corporate UNDP Strategic Plan 2022-2025

      PUBLICATION


      This bold, ambitious Plan is structured around “3x6x3” – 3 directions of change, 6 signature solutions, and 3 enablers – a clear framework for where we need to head. These include structural transformation for more inclusive, green, and digital transitions, Leaving no one behind, and building resilience during uncertainty and risk. Read Achim Steiner's full statement and click here to download the Strategic Plan.

      Source: UNDP Executive Board, August 2021.


      Repurposing Agricultural Support to Transform Food Systems

      PUBLICATION


      Read up on this exciting new report to learn how to rethink, repurpose, and reform the agricultural support to producers, increasing its efficiency and the way it can support our path towards healthier people and planet and achieving Zero Hunger. The official launch took place yesterday 14 September, if you missed it, watch the recording and browse the session materials.

      Source: UNDP, FAO and UNEP, September 2021.
       

      Barriers to Data Use in Sustainable Development

      PUBLICATION

      Read this interesting paper to get a brief overview of the key barriers to optimal data use, the common challenges faced, the existing incentives for data use, and the downside to generating data that is never used. The paper ends with key questions we are seeking to address through the Data Values Project.

      Source: Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, August 2021.

       SPOTLIGHT ON... 

      Discover the newest UNDP video series

      'HELLO FUTURE' IS A NEW VIDEO SERIES EXPLORING THE TRENDS SHAPING OUR WORLD

      How can we prepare for an uncertain future when we don't know what it is? Find more information about the series, and watch all episodes so far here.

      8 free SDGi-related self-paced online courses to re(take) in 2021

      TIPS FROM THE FACILITATOR

      We've compiled selected self-paced online courses for colleagues interested in SDG implementation and SDG integration. What’s your favourite one? See our list.

      Tool of the Month

      IDENTIFY CATALYTIC POLICY AND PROGRAMME AREAS AND DEVELOP EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS TO BOTTLENECKS

       


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