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The International Mayors' Forum in Lilongwe is to provide an international platform for policy dialogue and knowledge sharing through presentations and discussions on key aspects related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 11, at local level as a means to achieve a better understanding of successes, lessons and specific mechanisms and accelerate the in-depth transformation needed to make our societies sustainable and resilient.

Date: 16-18 May 2018

The Executive Training Course for Policymakers on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs is intended to provide policymakers in central and local government and policy shapers in the private sector and civil society with the concepts and tools for mainstreaming and implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs through their work. Some 48 countries will present their progress towards the 2030 Agenda with a focus on the above SDGs during the voluntary national reviews (VNRs).

Date: 23 - 27 April 2018

Republic of Korea is working on developing the National Sustainable Development of Korea (K-SDGs) which is its country-specific goals and targets towards sustainable development. K-SDGs are to take into consideration of national needs, public demand, and level of development as well as Korea's economic, social, and environmental circumstances.

Date: 21 March 2018

The Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Green Economy for Sustainable Development was organized by UNOSD, Coalition for Our Common Future (COCF), Center for Climate and Sustainable Development Law and Policy (CSDLAP), Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, and Jeju Self-governing Province. This EGM was designed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience regarding the relationships between Green Economy and Sustainable Development Goals.

Date: 13 - 15 March 2018

UNOSD in collaboration with Korea Association of Energy, Climate Change and Environment (KAECE) and the Korean Ministry of Environment hosted an expert group meeting (EGM) on sustainable application of waste-to-energy in the Asian region in accordance with the 2017-2018 UNOSD workplan. This EGM is a platform for discussions on common challenges and opportunities of waste-to-energy approaches focusing mainly on Southeast and East Asia.

Date: 22 - 23 February 2018

The ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF) was held from 7-13, February in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The session mobilized a large number of urban actors in national governments, subnational and local governments, civil society, private sector and academia to share knowledge and solutions for sustainable urban development. UN DESA, Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) and the UN Office of Sustainable Development (UNOSD) held consecutive complimentary side events at the World Urban Forum.

Date: 07 - 13 February 2018

On 7th February 2018, the UNOSD led a session about climate change adaptation at the 2018 Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF), which was hosted by the Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment (IGEE) and the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.

Date: 07 - 08 February 2018

UN DESA, in collaboration with UNCTAD, organised a three-day workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a major preparatory event for the 2018 STI Forum, as well as to collect inputs for the development of the Online Platform of the technology facilitation mechanism (TFM). The Workshop was organized around the theme of the 2018 STI Forum: STI for resilient and inclusive societies, with a special focus on SDGs 6,7,11,12, and 15. In addition, some cross-cutting issues were taken up, as decided by the 2017 Forum. The discussions considered the role of traditional knowledge, the impact of emerging technologies, the barriers for scaling-up solutions, and ways to ensure that STI benefits all, leaving no one behind.

Date: 29 November - 01 December 2017

The 2017 Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF) was convened from 30 October - 1 November 2017 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The forum was built on its 2016 outcomes and insights and helped to create a bridge between the 2017 High Level Political Forum's thematic focus of "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world" and the 2018 HLPF thematic focus of "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies" including the HLPF's attention in 2018 to SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption), and SDG 15 (Life on Land).

Date: 30 October - 01 November 2017

The workshop was co-organized by the National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), a joint United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) led initiative, financed by the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), and the Korean Environment Institute (KEI)-Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC). The workshop was facilitated by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The training was a direct response to the request made by NAP-GSP supported countries, to address specific needs through the topics that they have considered most relevant to support their NAPs - in this case, how to mainstream climate change adaptation into water resources.

Date: 11 - 16 September 2017

UNOSD hosted a session on "Local solutions to global challenges: Making our cities and communities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (to make) cities as part of the solution to sustainable development" during the 2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit & Mayors Forum, taking place in Daejon, Republic of Korea, on the 10-13 September 2017. UNOSD-led session was held on 12 September 2017, from 11:15 to 12:15

Date: 10 - 13 September 2017

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summer Camp for College Students was hosted by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) in collaboration with Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, Yonsei University and Incheon National University on 17-19 July 2017 in RCE Tongyeong, Republic of Korea. The role of youth is crucial in the implementation of SDGs. One in every three people alive today is under the age of thirty, most of them living in Asia and Africa. Over the past few years, young people have been actively engaged in the discussion on SDGs and its implementation. The participation of youth should be ensured at all relevant levels because it affects their lives today and has implications for their future.

Date: 17 - 19 July 2017

The Executive Training Course for Policymakers on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was organized by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development in Incheon, Republic of Korea from 24-28 April, 2017. The executive course took place as the 2030 agenda enters in the second year of its 15 years of implementation. The high-level political forum on sustainable development (10-19 July) will review progress towards the 2030 agenda under the overall theme of "eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world". The work of the HLPF will serve as a backdrop to the course, but the course itself focused on implementing Agenda 2030 through the daily work of the participating policymakers and policy shapers.

Date: 24 - 28 April 2017

The SIDS Preparatory Meeting for Ocean Conference on SDG 14 was co-organized by United Nations Office for Sustainable Development and the Division for Sustainable Development of UN DESA in Jeju, Republic of Korea from 29-31 March 2017. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which contains SDG 14 to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development" is for Small island developing States (SIDS). Healthy, productive and resilient oceans and coasts are critical for poverty eradication, access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food, livelihoods, economic development and essential ecosystem services, and represent an important element of identity and culture for the people of SIDS.

Date: 29 - 31 March 2017

The Vientiane International Mayors' Forum was co-organized by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD). Cities and other urban centers are contributing to sustainable development through economic growth, innovation, education and culture. Some eighty percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) is created in cities. Cities have great potential, and making the most of this potential is critical for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and for achieving the global sustainable development goals (SDGs). The main objective of the Vientiane International Mayors Forum was to provide an international platform for an exchange of experiences among Mayors and other Leaders of Local Governments on the implementation of local level policies and projects.

Date: 14 - 16 March 2017

The Workshop on Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) was co-organized by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development and the Division for Sustainable Development of UN DESA in Incheon, Republic of Korea from 2-3 March 2017. VNRs are part of the follow-up and review mechanism of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Forty countries have volunteered to take part in the voluntary national reviews, and the objective of this workshop was to strengthen the 2017 VNRs at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) The HLPF 2017 will consider the theme of eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world.

Date: 02 - 03 March 2017

The United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), part of UN in Korea, supports U.N. Member States in planning and implementing sustainable development strategies, notably through knowledge sharing, research, training and partnership building. The Office, established in 2011, is managed by the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and supported by the Republic of Korea Ministry of Environment, Yonsei University and the City of Incheon. [Read more]

Steering Committee
The 6th meeting of the Steering Committee of UNOSD took place on 1 May 2017. The meeting was attended by the representatives of Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment, City of Incheon, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and UNOSD.

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