These are the SGP events that wil take place during the UN Climate Summit and UN General Assembly:
SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2019
Event Title: Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change 2019 - Announcement of winners
Place: Youth Climate Summit; HQ of the United Nations, New York, SDG Media Zone
Time: 12:00 – 12:40
The winners will be announced at the SG Youth Climate Summit with the participation of competition partners:
- SGP, represented by Yoko Watanabe, Global Manager, and Angelica Shamerina, Climate Change Advisor;
- UNFCCC, represented by Niclas Svenningsen, Manager, Global Climate Action, Adriana Valenzuela, Youth Focal Point;
- UNCBD, represented by Chantal Robichaud, Program Management Officer
- TVEBiomovies, represented by Nick Turner
The event will feature compilation video of the finalists, winning videos of 2019 competition nad discussion focusing on your empowerment for climate action with participation of two summit delegates, young climate activists and winners of 2016 video competition – Phuong Vu and Fauzia Bahloul.
SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2019
Event Title: Building a Resilient Future
Place: New School University, New York
The one-day event aims to set out ambitious and transformative actions on resilience ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit. To achieve climate just transition for all, we need a fundamental shift towards resilience-based approaches that promote risk management and diversity in all its forms, seek nonlinear transformational change, support local actors to transform their own futures in the face of change, and tackle distant drivers alongside local, context-specificities. This is why action on Resilience and Adaptation is one of the priorities of the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit on 23 September.
The event will feature opening and closing plenaries as well as interactive parallel sessions focusing on the actions stakeholders are taking to building a resilient future, for more information see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-a-resilient-future-tickets-64364135863
The day is being convened by: Global Resilience Partnership and sponsored by: UK’s Department for International Development and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. It is being hosted by: Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs, and the Urban Systems Lab at The New School. It is being organized with a wide range of public and private organisations including: AFSA, Asian Development Bank, Atma Connect, AXA XL, A2R, BSR, CGIAR/CCAFS, CJRF, FAO, Huairou Commission, ICCCAD, ICLEI, ICF, IDF, IFAD, IFRC, IIED, InsureResilience/GIZ, IISD, Mercy Corps, NEF, Oceans Unite, ODI, RCCC, RMEL CoP, SDI, SEI, SIWI, SRC, The Lightsmith Group , SUN, UNCTAD, UNDP, WBG, Wetlands International, WFP, and Willis Tower Watson and many more!
SGP will participate in the opening plenary with a short presentation of video competition featuring winning videos and past winners- Youth Summit delegates Phuong Vu and Fauzia Bahloul, who will then participate in the sessions and share their perspective. SGP will be represented by Yoko Watanabe, Global Manager, and Angelica Shamerina, Climate Change Advisor and will share the stage with partners from UNFCCC - Adriana Valenzuela (Youth Focal Point), UNCBD- Chantal Robichaud, Program Management Officer, TVEBiomovies - Nick Turner.
Event Title: "Solutions for Implementing Gender-Responsive Climate Action"
Place: United Nations Headquarters
The objective of this side event is to boost ambition towards implementation by showcasing lessons and best practices that have so far emerged through on-ground, innovative gender, and climate change projects. By shining light on the most inspiring and transformational mitigation and adaptation activities worldwide, this event aims to strengthen motivation, spur innovation, and catalyze further change towards a low-emission, high-resilient future.
This side event will also contribute to:
• Recognize, elevate, promote, and give merit to women's experiences, capabilities, and know-how concerning climate change.
• Support the transfer and exchange of experiences, knowledge, and wisdom to advance implementation.
• Provide innovative development solutions from and by women concerning climate change.
• Identify possible financing opportunities to increase support for women's opportunities.
The event intends to generate answers on how it is done, moving to the implementation phase of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs, favoring gender-responsive climate action. We look forward to organizing an interactive, motivational, and inspiring event. SGP grantee organization Fragments of Hope (Belize) will be speaking on behalf of SGP.
Event Title: Inclusive forest action for the climate crisis: Mainstreaming gender and the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities
Place: Madison Hub South (40 pax). Nature’s Climate Hub
Time: 12:45 – 13:45
The event hosted by UN-REDD Programme and UNDP Climate & Forests will discuss concrete approaches to encourage meaningful participation to ensure that sustainable management of forests through policies, actions and financial mechanisms is inclusive, notably in terms of mainstreaming gender and promoting the rights of indigenous peoples and forest-based communities.
The session will:
● aim to inspire stakeholders to harness the opportunities of policy and finance not only for climate action but also for advancing the rights of indigenous peoples and promoting gender equality.
● emphasize the key role that women, indigenous peoples and local communities play in forest land management;
● combine thought-provoking perspectives with innovative bottom-up approaches and engaging discussion;
● highlight how to go beyond ‘doing no harm’, and instead achieve a gender-responsive approach of ‘doing better’;
● underline the importance of an inclusive and rights-based approach in order to achieve the transformational change needed in mitigating and adapting to climate change, while contributing to multiple SDGs;
● launch Info-brief on collective tenure and provide examples
● launch Lessons Learned on Women Inclusions in Forests in Asia-Pacific and provide examples
● launch an e-consultation to raise awareness and seek input for the design of a new phase of the CBR+ (Community-based REDD+) Initiative.
The session will feature the launch of two knowledge products, two short documentary films, and an e-consultation for a new phase of the CBR+ Initiative with reflection from stakeholders and technical experts, followed by a dialogue with the audience. SGP will be represented by Yoko Watanabe, Global Manager, discussing CBR+ experience.
MONDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 2019
Event Title: Community Heroes Brown Bag Lunch
Place: 1507 Room, UNDP, 304 E 45th Street, New York
Time: 11:30- 1:00 PM
The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) and the Equator Initiative of the UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support are pleased to invite you to a brown bag lunch to learn about four grantees from the SGP that won the Equator Prize 2019!
With over 24000 projects in 125 countries, SGP supports community-based organizations and civil society organizations that are working on global environmental and livelihood issues with a focus on innovation, inclusion, and impact. The Equator Prize recognizes outstanding community and indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for climate change and local sustainable development.
The Brown Bag Lunch event provides opportunity to hear stories from the SGP Equator Prize winners from:
• Brazil - Conselho Indígena de Roraima
• Guinea Bissau - Management Council of Community-based Marine Protected Area of the Urok Islands
• Micronesia - Tamil Resources Conservation Trust
• Nigeria - Environmental Management and Development Trust
FRIDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2019
Event Title: Global Island Partnership and GEF Small Grants Programme Side Event- Localising SDG implementation in islands
Place: SDG Action Hub
Time: 16:00 – 17:00
The event organized by GLISPA, SGP, HGG Local 2030 Island Hub, Pacific Islands Development Forum and Island Impact aims to highlight examples of island solutions in implementing SDGs and Samoa pathway, and engage and provide a platform among civil society organizations, private sector, governments and other partners who are supporting island actions and implementation. Highlight newly launched Local2030 Network for Islands and SGP Blue Economy Program.
Islands are on the frontline of climate change, experiencing sea-level rise, chronic drought and severe weather events that put communities and critical infrastructure at risk and drive equity and public health challenges. Yet islands are laboratories for innovation and action on issues such as clean energy, ocean action, resilient infrastructure, and holistic system-based approaches to sustainable development, creating solutions to global challenges that are grounded with traditional knowledge.
The event will feature Ambassador Spencer Thomas (Grenada) and representatives of Marshall Islands, Hawaii, Grenada, Pacific Island Development Forum, SGP, UNDP, GLISPA.