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06 April 2017

The Role of the Private Sector in Global Sustainable Development

In 2015, all 193 countries signed on to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, setting a broad and bold agenda for reducing poverty, promoting inclusive prosperity, and sustaining the environment.

On April 6, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings will co-host a panel discussion along with the United Nations Foundation on the role of the private sector in global sustainable development, with opening remarks from Lord Mark Malloch-Brown. Lord Malloch-Brown chairs the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, which recently released the "Better Business, Better World" report. The report makes the case that not only do the SDGs need the private sector, but business needs the SDGs, too. Specifically, the report argues that sustainable business models could open economic opportunities worth up to $12 trillion and increase employment in the developing world by up to 380 million jobs by 2030. After the discussion, the panelists will take audience questions.

When: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W
Washington, DC 20036

Introduction and moderator
John W. McArthur, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development Program, The Brookings Institution

Featured presenter
Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, Chair, Business & Sustainable Development Commission

Laura Alfaro, Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Paul O'Brien, Vice President for Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam America
Barry Parkin, Chief Sustainability and Health & Wellbeing Officer, Mars, Inc.

18 April 2017

President of the General Assembly's High-level SDG Financing Lab

When: Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Where: UN Headquarters, New York

On 18 April 2017, the President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson will convene a High-level SDG Financing Lab to highlight the critical importance of sustainable financing for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including climate action. The event will focus on how to drive the transformation to align financial markets with sustainable development, as well as showcase concrete ways in which UN Member States can approach the financing of different SDGs.

At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), UN-NGLS is facilitating a process to identify four civil society or social entrepreneur speakers, as well as stakeholders wishing to attend the event as observers.

Civil society and social entrepreneur speakers are to be identified through this process for the following four roles: 

1) High-level Panelist for Interactive Panel Discussion on "Setting the scene - What will it take to finance the SDGs?" 
2) Workshop 1: Building an inclusive and peaceful future for all (SDGs 1-5, 16) 
3) Workshop 2: Fostering economic growth and development, building resilient infrastructure, and tackling inequality (SDGs 7-11)

4) Workshop 3: Protecting our world in the present and future (SDGs 6, 12-15)

Travel funding will be available for 2 of the selected speakers, but not for observers.

22 March 2017 - Apply for stakeholder Selection Committee 
23 March 2017 - Apply for stakeholder speaking roles 
12 April 2017 - Apply to attend the event as an observer

UN-NGLS will facilitate a stakeholder Selection Committee for the evaluation and short-listing of civil society and social entrepreneur candidates for the speaking roles, to be presented to OPGA for their consideration. The Committee will ensure regional and gender balance, and diversity of age and expertise in the overall set of candidates. The President of the General Assembly will make the final selection of the speakers for this event. 

Apply for the stakeholder Selection Committee here: 

All applications received to speak at the event, or attend as an observer can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/18April-UNPGA-SDG-Financing-Apps-Received

03 May 2017

Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation: The Relentless Invention of Modern India

Date: May 3, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20036

For countless years, India has been touted as a country with enormous potential. But its ability to realize this promise faces innumerable hurdles. In a new book, Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation: The Relentless Invention of Modern India, veteran journalist Adam Roberts examines four of the biggest challenges the country faces at the dawn of the twenty-first century: rapidly expanding the size and inclusiveness of the economy, reforming its often unruly politics, projecting power overseas, and managing its unique social diversity.

Drawing on five years of experience crisscrossing the length and breadth of the country from Kerala to the Himalayas, Bengal to Gujarat, Roberts will discuss his new book, which the Financial Times called “engagingly written, deftly weaving eclectic encounters into its portrait of a country in transition.” Carnegie’s Milan Vaishnav will moderate. A reception and book signing will follow.



Adam Roberts is the author of Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation: The Relentless Invention of Modern India and a former South Asia correspondent for the Economist. He is currently their European business and finance correspondent in Paris.



Milan Vaishnav is a senior fellow in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of the recent book When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics.

To register for the event, please click here.

18 May 2017

SID-Washington Chapter Event: Information, Media, and Open Data and their Effect on Development

When: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Where: SID-Washington, 1111 19th St NW, 7th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20036

Please join the Society for International Development - Washington, DC Chapter (SID-W) for a Chapter Event looking at how information, media and open data all affect international development and communities around the world. This topic is especially relevant today, given the proliferation of fake news in the recent U.S. election, declining press freedom around the world, and the impact these issues have on liberal democracy and good governance. We will explore best practices for supporting independent production of news and information, building critical information consumption skills of citizens, and encouraging the freedom of the press around the world.

Please note that registration will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17.

*Chapter Events are open to SID-W members only. For more information on membership, please click here or contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To register for the event, please click here.

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