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We The Future: Accelerating Sustainable Development Solutions

Organized by
The Skoll Foundation, United Nations Foundation, and TED

September 21
9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Soho, New York

(Access to live-streaming available on the website)

For additional information, email


The Sustainable Development Goals, created in partnership with individuals around the world and adopted by world leaders at the United Nations, present a bold vision for the future: a world without poverty or hunger, in which all people have access to healthcare, education and economic opportunity, and where thriving ecosystems are protected. The 17 goals are integrated and interdependent, spanning economic, social, and environmental imperatives.

Incremental change will not manifest this new world by 2030. Such a shift requires deep, systemic change. As global leaders gather for the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in September, this is the moment to come together to share models that are transforming the way we approach the goals and equipping local and global leaders across sectors to accelerate achievement of the SDGs.

Together with innovators from around the globe, We The Future will showcase and discuss bold models of systemic change that have been proven and applied on a local, regional, and global scale. A curated audience of social entrepreneurs, corporate pioneers, government innovators, artistic geniuses, and others will explore how we can learn from, strengthen, and scale the approaches that are working to create a world of sustainable peace and prosperity.
Breaking Down Siloes, Building Synergies: Implementing NCDs in the SDG Era

Organized by NCD Alliance

September 18
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Reception co-hosted by PATH & NCD Alliance)
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Program)
Westin New York Grand Central Hotel (Madison Ballroom)
New York, New York


This side event, held on the margins of the 72nd UN General Assembly, will explore the opportunities available for implementing actions that will support the achievement of the NCD target in the SDGs, the overarching health goal, and other relevant health-related targets. Panelists will specifically focus on the interlinkages between health and NCDs with other sustainable development priorities (e.g. poverty, nutrition, environment, gender, and trade and economic growth), the necessary approaches and responses to ensure “win-win” solutions for health and other sectors, and the investment needed to drive these actions forward.

International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD)

Organized by
Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), The Earth Institute, The Global Master’s in Development Practice (MDP), and The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

September 18 – 19
Columbia University Campus
New York
(Ticket sales end September 13 at 11:30 PM)


Please mark your calendars for ICSD 2017 which will take place on September 18 & 19, 2017, on the Columbia University Campus in New York! Our theme for this year is The World in 2050: Looking Ahead for Sustainable Development. Registration is currently open.

Please also note that we will have additional side events on September 20, 2017! A list of side events and registration information will be posted in the conference agenda.


Why sexual and reproductive rights are essential to achieve sustainable development and gender equality

Side Event of the UN Commission on the Status of Women 

Why sexual and reproductive rights are essential to achieve sustainable development and gender equality 

March 23, 2016
1:15 – 2:30 pm
Conference Room 7, UN Headquarters
New York, NY


A light lunch will be served near the staircase behind the Vienna Cafe on level 1 B of UNHQ

As we move forward toward the implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development in 2015, it is pertinent to recognise the inextricable link between sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and sustainable development goals including reducing poverty, achieving better health, and ensuring empowerment and equal rights for women and girls. This CSW side event will highlight:

• Country specific advocacy initiatives for ensuring that gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and their human rights are central in national strategies, tools and instruments for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
• The role of national CSOs in ensuring that advocacy gains made at the global level during the Post-2015 discussions are sustained and transferred to the national level in the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
•  Potential challenges and the way forward at the global, regional and national in creating a safe and enabling environment for civil society, to ensure their full participation in the implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda.


Fadoua Bakhadda, Moroccan Family Planning Association
Habbibun Nessa, Naripokkho – Bangladesh
Rina Jimenez David, Likhaan – Philippines
Dr. P. Balasubramanian, Rural Women’s Social Education Centre – India
Mangala Namasivayam, ARROW – Asia Pacific Region

Susan Alzner, Head of the UN-NGLS NY Office

The event will be live streamed on Twitter via @ARROW_Women


Data as a critical component of the new financing paradigm for sustainable development

By Dr. Christine Sow, President and Executive Director, Global Health Council

Data, measurement and accountability have been front and center at the recent UN Financing for Development Conference (FfD). On Wednesday, July 15 I participated in a morning event – extremely well attended despite the early hour – “Harnessing the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development” hosted by The ONE Campaign, the governments of the U.S. and Mexico, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. One of the most radical panels at FfD, it highlighted voices from government, private sector and civil society calling for the availability, quality and use of data for planning, tracking and holding to account power holders around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

While the FfD conference ostensibly focused on the financing mechanisms and principles that will underpin the SDGs, the importance of the availability and use of high quality data was noted again and again as critical to the success of the various approaches and mechanisms being discussed at the conference. Not least was the idea that quality data is necessary to “follow the money” – both in terms of donors accounting for their funds but arguably more importantly for countries to track how funds are used internally for the purposes of rational planning and accountability. If the buzzword of the post-2015 agenda is “domestic resource mobilization,” countries will need to know how much money they need to mobilize and where to use it.

Momentum for open and useable data is growing. This is particularly critical because of the power it will give to those committed to accountability – Knowledge is power is an old adage, and the data revolution for sustainable development can provide badly needed power to those who need it most. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the ECA, stated: “We are tired of reporting – we need data for planning our own future.” He cited the importance of the Africa Data Consensus to ensure the existence of communities of data users who are also data producers: “They will benefit from increased transparency and usability of data and they will repatriate the data to Africa. Good will is essential but Africans have to do it themselves.” He further noted the need for transparency around the quality of data, and the importance of holding organizations accountable about the numbers they publish; along these lines he announced that the ECA will start openly grading the data sources used for global reporting – using green, yellow and red – against international norms and standards. All these ideas are radical – they speak to the need to put control in the hands of the people and governments themselves rather than trusting others to produce data and tell us what they show.

Another significant contribution from government during this session (and throughout the conference) was the impassioned discourse of the Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurria. He spoke convincingly about the need for evidence-based policy rather than policy-based evidence and the promise that the data revolution holds to push policymakers in this direction. And he poetically spoke of the three Ps: population, planet and poverty, gracefully encapsulating the priorities and concerns that are fueling the debates of the FfD conference and the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals Summit that will take place in September 2015. In an earlier session he had also spoken to the need to capture funding flows, specifically noting the need to quantify contributions from private sector, civil society and philanthropic sector when we think about global funding for development. The Total Official Support for Sustainable Development (TOSSD) framework has been launched to do precisely this – contributing an important new tool, and albeit a clunky new acronym, to the sustainable development space. Gurria also reminded us that investment in ODA is largely a reflection of political will (a theme that came up again in at least one other session, “Who Pays for Progress?” held by Action for Global Health and its partners), noting that the UK has increased the proportion of its budget going to ODA despite the economic pain and restructuring it has undergone over the better part of the last decade.

It is exciting and invigorating to see data gaining ground as a key component of the upcoming development paradigm; easy access to high quality data will be the essential step to expanding the power of communities and governments to account and hold accountable for the commitments we will so publicly make as we move into the era of the SDGs.