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14 March 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

28 March 2017

61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meets each year at the UN for two weeks in March. This year the theme is Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work. Government representatives meet to share their countries' progress towards gender equality, and thousands of NGO leaders from all over the world meet simultaneously to share programs, projects, and successes around the theme.

The Alliance for Peacebuilding and The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area invite you to attend a panel of CSW participants who will share their highlights from the wide range of sessions held over the two week period.

When: Tuesday, March 28; 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Where: Alliance for Peacebuilding Conference Room, 1800 Massachusetts ave NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20036

Register Here 

31 March 2017

Apply for the 2017 Andrew E. Rice Award

The Society for International Development Washington, D.C. Chapter is now accepting applications for our 2017 Andrew E. Rice Award
, an award that recognizes a young professional who has demonstrated leadership, innovation, and commitment to improving the lives of people in developing countries.

The Rice Award will be presented at the 2017 SID-Washington Annual Conference on June 1st, 2017 in Washington, D.C. While there will be only one winner, other notable candidates may be mentioned at the award presentation ceremony.

The award consists of:
    • An inscribed plaque;
    • A prize in the amount of $1,000;
    • A one-year, honorary membership to SID-Washington; and
    • The opportunity for the awardee to present his/her work at an upcoming SID-Washington event.
Each year they receive many truly impressive applications. If you or someone you know would like to apply, please do so by Friday, March 31st, 2017.

For more information on the application process please visit their website.

To apply, please click here.

If you have any questions, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 202-331-1317.

06 April 2017

SID-Washington Chapter Event: Success Stories and Challenges in Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) as a Key to Sustainable Development

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: SID-Washington, 1111 19th St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC

Through Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM), developing countries can increase their economic growth by raising and spending their own funds for public goods and services, such as education, health, sanitation, public security, and infrastructure among others. In addition, DRM helps attract private investment, further increasing potential for economic growth and can serve as an important contributor to citizen engagement and transparency. In a time of decreasing assistance funding yet increasing needs, we now more than ever need to assist our developing country partners to move away from dependency on assistance and towards self-sufficiency, enabling a more level playing field for private investors and provision of fundamental public services.
Yet challenges abound: poor or inefficient fiscal and budgetary management; general lack of institutional and human capacity; pervasive corruption; disconnect between national and municipal or regional governments; rapid urbanization, demographic and technological change; and changing environmental conditions are just some of the issues among many.
What are innovative and cutting edge ways that DRM is being used around the world to help lift people out of poverty? How can technology help provide public services and minimize potential for corruption? How can disconnects between national and subnational levels be bridged? How can the private sector contribute? And what role does civil society play?

Join us to discuss ways to best mobilize domestic resources. Hear from our panel of experts and their success stories, innovations, and other experiences in this important area of development.
Event speakers are listed below.

Chapter Events are open to SID-W members only; however, we welcome all first-time SID-W Chapter Event attendees to participate in this "free preview" event. 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 .

Dan Runde, William A. Schreyer Chair and Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, CSIS

Marty Makinen, Managing Director, Results for Development (R4D)

Jessica Shannon, Principal/Partner in PwC's International Public Sector Practice

Additional speakers TBD.

To register for the event, please click here.

For SID-W Members: If you are interested in this event but will be unable to attend, please contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to access our livestream and participate in the event remotely. 

12 April 2017

American Society of International Law 111th Annual Meeting: What International Law Values

Discounted early bird registration for the 111th Annual Meeting, in Washington, DC, April 12-15, 2017, ends tomorrow, February 7. This year's Meeting theme is "What International Law Values," and the program will explore the normative basis of international law and international law's goals.

Attendees can expect to participate in:
    • Keynote addresses by leading figures in international law
    • More than 40 substantive panels on a wide variety of international law topics
    • Multiple networking and social events
    • Interest Group social events and substantive meetings
    • Access to the leading publishers of international law materials
    • Optional Continuing Legal Education credits
    • Optional luncheons

Register today at www.asil.org/AM.

12 April 2017

ASIL's Annual Meeting: What International Law Values

This year's American Society for International Law Annual Meeting will consider the normative basis of international law and how its goals are realized in practice. Does international law reflect the values of the international community? How do these values affect the practice and theory of international law? For that matter, should international law reflect the international community's values, and what constituencies ought to be considered in determining what those values are? Through the panels and events of the 2017 ASIL Annual Meeting, leading and emerging voices in international legal scholarship, policy, and practice will attempt to answer these urgent questions.

When: Wednesday-Saturday, April 12-15, 2017
Where: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001

Keynote Speakers:
  • Georges Abi-Saab (honorary professor of international law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva) will speak at the Hudson Medal Lunch, April 14.
  • David Armitage (Lloyd C. Blankfein professor of history, Harvard University) will deliver the Grotius Lecture, April 12.
  • Rosemary Barkett (judge, Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal) will accept the Prominent Woman in International Law award and speak at the WILIG Lunch, April 13.
  • Sandie Okoro (senior vice president and general counsel, World Bank Group) will deliver the keynote address, April 14.

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