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Dear IPPN Community,

Welcome to the first IPPN Newsletter. This and subsequent editions will compile carefully selected resources related to policy integration.

The Integrated Policy Practitioners' Network (IPPN) aims to put at the fingertips of practitioners in the development community practical tools, methodologies and courses to strengthen capacities to address interconnected and interdependent development challenges. Nine UN agencies joined forces to launch the IPPN in November 2021. Since then, the network has grown steadily, with the development of a website, a resource library and a Knowledge Café webinar series to facilitate engagement, interaction and exchange of experience among integrated policy practitioners. Join us on this important journey!

The IPPN Joint Support Team


IPPN Knowledge Café: Africa's Experiences in Integrating SDGs into Development Plans and Budgets


Mark your calendar for the next IPPN Knowledge Café, taking place on Wednesday, 16 March 2022 at 8:00 AM New York (2:00 PM Geneva | 8:00 PM Bangkok). Join us to learn how several African countries have been able to mainstream the SDGs into their national development plans and design integrated budgets, working across the different dimensions of sustainable development. More information will be available here soon. Register in two clicks https://bit.ly/IPPN_KC4 to receive the Zoom connection details.

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Did you miss any previous learning sessions?
If you missed the third IPPN Knowledge Café on "Introduction to the New UN Common Guidance on Helping Build Resilient Societies" (16 February 2022), watch the recording below and click for the presentation and relevant links shared during the session here.
Click on the links or images below to watch the recordings and find all the session materials: "UN Integrated Support for Food Systems Transformation: The Issue-based Coalition in Europe and Central Asia" (19 January 2022), and "Policy Coherence between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda" (8 December 2021). Watch all previous recordings on the IPPN YouTube channel. IPPN members are welcome to propose topics for future Knowledge Cafés, using this online form: https://bit.ly/IPPN_ProposeWebinar.

Other Upcoming Events of Relevance to the IPPN Community



To Address Climate Change Equitably, We Must Move Beyond Institutional Understandings of Policy Coherence


Read up on this new IPPN blog to understand why the need to address inequality has also never been more pertinent. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the systemic inequalities embedded in our societies and demonstrated how the poorest and most vulnerable are most heavily impacted by such global crises. Evidence indicates that climate change is only worsening these inequalities. This blog was authored by Zoha Shawoo, an Associate Scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), following the IPPN Knowledge Café: Policy Coherence between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda (8 December 2021).

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Global Launch of the Integrated Policy Practitioners' Network: COVID-19 Lessons to Drive Integrated Action


The IPPN was officially launched by nine UN agencies on 17 November 2021. Speakers from FAO, ILO, UNDP, UNICEF, and UN Women reflected on the importance of policy integration for sustainable development, and the contribution that a network of practitioners such as IPPN can bring to the support provided by the UN Development System to Member States for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. If you missed it, the recording, presentation and relevant links shared during the session can be found here.

2022 ECOSOC Coordination Segment


The first edition of the new Coordination Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) took place on 3-4 February 2022, replacing the Integration Segment. Discussions focused on the theme of the upcoming 2022 session of ECOSOC and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF): “Building back better from COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda”. Read up on the programme and materials.

HDRO 2022 Special Report: New Threats to Human Security in the Anthropocene


On 8 February 2022, the Human Development Report Office launched its 2022 special report, highlighting a declining sense of security and safety in rich and poor countries alike, despite years of improving human development. The report recommends that policymakers consider protection, empowerment, and solidarity alongside one another so that human security, planetary considerations and human development all work together and not despite each other. Read the full report, explore the data visualizations, and watch the video explainers.

Designing a Multidimensional Poverty Index 2022


Join the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) to learn to develop a holistic Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) that integrates the income dimension with deprivations across health, education, housing, sanitation, employment and livelihoods, food security, environment, and other living standards to inform the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Register by 7 March 2022.


Helping countries recover and build resilience through integrated development planning

This guide provides tools, step-by-step guidance and best practices that inform policy and investment choices being made in national and regional systems in the pursuit of solid pathways towards resilient and inclusive growth, leveraging on the SDGs, Africa’s Agenda 2063 and Nationally Determined Contributions, in support of government staff in charge of developing an National Development Plans. Read the full guide.

Source: UNDP Africa and partners, December 2021

Effective, integrated, and coherent UNCT support to national gender-related priorities

This document sets out standards and procedures for Gender Theme Groups to guide UN Country Teams (UNCTs) in their establishment and functioning. It aims to address current shortcomings in gender equality and women's empowerment while harnessing existing potential, in a globally coherent manner, within country level contexts. Read the full guide.

Source: UN Sustainable Development Group, January 2022

New podcast series about actions and insights for the SDGs, and the people driving them

Co-hosted by John McArthur from the Center for Sustainable Development at The Brookings Institution and Zia Khan from The Rockefeller Foundation, the "17 Rooms" series focuses on new approaches to stimulating cooperative action and problem-solving toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Listen to the podcasts.

Source: The Brookings Institution, December 2021-February 2022

Mainstreaming environmental and climate change considerations into UN frameworks

The guidance looks deeper into mainstreaming the environment and climate change into a series of development priorities, including: human rights; economic and trade development; food security and agriculture; infrastructure and sustainable use of resources; good health; good governance; disaster reduction and conflict prevention. Read the full guide.

 Browse resources, tools, and methodologies on integrated policy in the IPPN Resource Library.
The Integrated Policy Practitioners' Network (IPPN) is a global network dedicated to collective learning and experience sharing for advancing the applications of policy integration to address complex and systemic development challenges. Read up on the IPPN Concept Note.

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