CSocD55 Side Events

List of Side Events (in PDF)

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Title: Morning Briefing for Civil Society
Conference Room: CR B | 9:15 – 10:00 AM
Organizers:  DESA/DSPD, NGO Committee for Social Development


Title: Resource Mobilization and Innovation for Youth Empowerment for Agenda 2030 Action
Conference Room: CR 9 | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers:  International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges

Speaker(s):  Miroslav Polzer, IAAI Klagenfurt/Austria; Minna Aslama Horowitz, IAAI & St. John’s University; Timothy Damon GYDI – UNFCCC YOUNGO; Nahom Zeleke, Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center/Network, Addis Ababa; Alex Zekai Wang, Youthink Center China; Zephanii Smith, Sustain US
Details: At the workshop partners of Global Challenges Action Network/Partnership GloCha presented their innovative approaches to youth engagement in Agenda2030 implementation: 1. Global Challenges Youth Music Contest #GYMC, 2. Global Challenges Youth and ICT Centers 3. Agenda2030 Marketplace #YouthEntrepreneurship2030 and 4. COP22 Call for Resources for Youth Climate Action #GiveYouthAChance. Video of the workshop: http://bit.ly/2lgPa8w

Title: The Triad of Grass Roots Engagement, Advocacy, and Systemic Change in the Eradication of Poverty
Conference Room: CR 7 | 1:15-2:30 PM
Organizers:  Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN/Daughters of Charity/Vincentian Family
Speaker(s):  Teresa Kotturan, SCN,; Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN, Tim Mawe; Dr. Linda Sama, Founder and Director of GLOBE (Global Loan Opportunities for Budding Entrepreneurs) Program at St. John’s University; Dylan Corbett, Executive Director, Hope Border Institute, Cuidad Juarez/El Paso/Las Cruces; Guillermo Campuzano, CM, UN NGO Representative for the Congregation of the Mission; Video Clip about Inuit Persons (International Society of Saint Vincent de Paul)

Details: This side event is held within the context of the 55th CSOCD, the theme of which is “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all.” The Vincentian Family, through its 400 years, has worked closely with persons living in all phases of poverty. It’s more than one million members have seen on the field the link between grass roots efforts, systemic change, and advocacy.  This event will illustrate the relationships involved in this three-pronged strategy.   No one of the three components will eradicate poverty if it is not in deep connection with the other two. Direct service without systemic change or advocacy leads to dependency.  Systemic change without grass roots input can leave behind the very people it is intended to empower.  And Advocacy without grass roots input or systemic change is an isolated, unsustainable practice.  According to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal Knowledge portal, at least 836 million persons (26 per cent of the world’s population) live in poverty.  This side event will feature speakers who will identify a specific strategy for ending poverty, emphasizing the connection between grass roots efforts, systemic change, and advocacy, in keeping with Sustainable Development Goal 1.

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Title: Promoting Integrated Policies for Poverty Eradication: Fighting Elderly Abuse in the 2030 Agenda
Conference Room: CR 8 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers:  Permanent Mission of France to the UN
Speaker(s): Anne-Marie Courage, Economic Affairs, Employment, Labor and Vocational Training Advisor, interministerial Mission for Vigilance and Fight agaisnt Sectarian Abuses, France; Chantal Gatignol, Health Advisor, Internatioanl Mission of Vigilance and Fight against Sectarian Abuses, France; Dominique Terrasson, Project Manager Mistreatment – Positive Treatment, Directorate General of Social Cohesion, Ministry of Health; Fabio Menicacci, National Secretary of the Association, Italy; Marie Beaulieu, Chairholder, Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults at the University of Sherbrook, Quebec, Canada

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Title: Promoting Intergenerational Relations: Age Diversity and its Effects on Youth Policy Development
Conference Room: CR 11 | 1:15-2:30 PM
Organizers: Permanent Mission of Austria to the UN/ UNDESA/Division for Social Policy Development (DSPD)
Speaker(s): Sophie Karmasin, Federal Minister of Families and Youth, Austria; Pedro Robledo, Undersecretary of Youth, Argentina; Renata Kaczmarska, Focal Point on the Family, DSPD/DESA; Bernd Marin, Director European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research.
Details: In line with the background paper on Policies and Programmes Supporting Intergenerational Relations, commissioned by the UNDESA Division for Social Development, this event will contribute to the integration of a holistic perspective on families into national policy development. Policies concerning the older generation should thus also always consider children and youth, as well as vice versa. The event will further serve as a forum for exchanging ideas on how to promote intergenerational relations.

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Title: The Role of a Shared Society as a Strategy to Reduce Poverty
Conference Room: CR 12 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers:  Club de Madrid/UNDESA/Division for Social Policy/ Development (DSPD)
Speaker(s): President Roza Otunbayeva, President of the Kyrgyz Republic (2010-2011), Club de Madrid Member; Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development UNDESA; Sanjay Reddy, Associate Professor of Economics at The New School for Social Research; Clem McCartney, Policy and Content Coordinator, Shared Societies Project, Club de Madrid
Details: The starting point of the session is recognition that current anti-poverty programmes are not impacting positively on the lives of many of those in greatest need, and will explore why that is the case and what are the obstacles and sources of resistance.  Any progress will have to address the factors that have hindered previous efforts and develop more appropriate alternative approaches.It will consider lessons that can be drawn from current successes and failures and propose specific steps that governments and others can take to implement a Shared Societies Approach that targets the eradication of poverty in the context of the 2030 agenda.

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Title: Eradicating Poverty Achieving Global Peace for Sustainable Development
Conference Room: CR 9 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Organizers:  UNESCO Centre for Global Education
Speaker(s): Ambassador Guy Djoken, Chairman U.S Federation for UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations; His Eminence Zaeem Sheikh Abdul Wadudu Haruna National President, Tijaniya Muslim of Ghana/Chancellor Emeritus, UNESCO Center for Global Education, New York; Dr. Kim. President World Peace Medical Service Corpl; HRH King Joseph Dubois Chairman J.O.S.E.P.H. Global Group Alliances/ Board Chair, UNESCO Center for Global Education; H. E Rev Dr. Princess Asie Ocansey; Ra’Amari Youth Ambassador Trademark and Trust; Amit Sigh, Co-Founder /Director of International Affair, Divyabhumi Multiple Collage (Tribhuwan University), Kathmandu, Nepal; Lady Agodichinma Onyeaso Director, Ministry of Education, Nigeria; Amb. Daboya T. Djisso Executive Chair, UNESCO Center for Global Education
Details: Peace is a priority in the global agenda yet poverty stems out to be a major course to conflicts and violence..The Organizers are bringing the discussion to the understanding that  global peace should be discussed along the poverty and social issues in the development agenda.

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Title: Morning Briefing for Civil Society
Conference Room: CR B 9:15 – 10:00 AM
Organizers:  DESA/DSPD, NGO Committee for Social Development


Title: Social Protection Programmes in Nigeria: Progress and Challenges
Conference Room: CR 9 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Organizers:  WorldWIDE Network Nigeria: Women in Development and Environment

Speaker(s): Queen Blessing Itua (Chief Internal Adviser, USA);  Mrs. Temitope Bambgoye, Director Social Development, FMWA&SD Nigeria; Dr. Abiola Tilley -Gyado, President, Society Family and Social Protection; Dr. Bola Adetula, Fmr. Commissioner for Health, Nigeria and African Union; Winifred Doherty, Representative to UN for Congregation of Our Lady of Charity; Barr. Chima Adiele, Legal Adviser SFSP
Details: Nigeria has been growing at 6 to 8% annually over the past decade (World Bank estimate). Despite economic growth poverty has risen in Nigeria with over 110 million people living below the poverty line. With poverty and inequality rising in Nigeria, a key priority for public policy is how to make growth more inclusive given the fact that economic growth has not in any way reduced existing inequalities in wealth, income, security, human capital, status and power. Social protection policies and programmes for the poor have long been an important strategy to help reduce poverty and vulnerability. Social security is a human right which everyone no matter where they live should be guaranteed at least a floor of basic protection. National Planning recently drafted a National Social Protection Policy together with key stakeholders. This side event is to discuss the progress made so far in Nigeria in the area of social protection as well as some of the challenges slowing down the pace towards social protection floors. The event will also discuss strategies for collaboration and partnership between the government and civil society towards implementing the social protection policy in Nigeria.

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Title: Promoting Equal Access to Mental Health Resources for All Ages
Conference Room: CR 9 | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers:  Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Speaker(s): Mr.Werner Obermeyer, Deputy Executive Director, World Health Organization Office in New York; Dr. Stefan Peterson, Associate Director and Chief Health Section, UNICEF; Dr.Toni Antonucci, Professor of Psychology, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, and Fellow, Russel Sage foundation; Dr.Lena Verdeli, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, Director Global Mental Health, Teachers College, Columbia University; Dr.Rachel Ravich, UN/NGO Main Representative, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Program Chair, Psychology Coalition of NGOs at the UN
Details: Mental health is vital for the well being of individuals of all ages and their communities.  However, not all populations have equal access to informed mental health care.  Poverty, stigma,and lack of knowledge regarding mental health prevents many from receiving the care they need.  Disparities in the availability of resources varies based on factors such as race and ethnicity, gender, age, disability, socioeconomic and immigration status. This event will examine the relationships between these factors and propose strategies for promoting well being for individuals and their communities across cultures.    Co-sponsors: NGO Health Committee, NGO Committee on Mental Health, NGO Committee on Aging, International Association of Applied Psychology, World Council of Psychology, Psychology Coalition of NGOs Accredited at the UN.

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Title: Leaving No One Behind: the Imperative of Inclusive Development
Conference Room: CR 9 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM 
Organizers:  UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD)/ Overseas Development Institute/ Chronic Poverty Advisory Network
Speaker(s): Marta Roig, Maren Jimenez and Jonathan Perry (DSPD/DESA), The lead authors of the 2016 Report on the World Social Situation will present the concepts and analysis of social exclusion and inclusion contained in the report; Andrew Shepard (ODI): Mr. Shepard will describe policies to address exclusion, with a focus on anti-discrimination policies. He will review the evidence of whether such actions reduce discrimination and improve the outcomes for excluded groups. Moderated by Wenyan Yang, Chief, Social Perspective on Development Branch, DSPD, DESA
Details: Determining who is being left behind and in what ways people are excluded is key to the 2030 Agenda’s implementation. But doing so is a challenging endeavour, as social exclusion has many dimensions and the relevance of each dimension varies depending on country context. The Report on the World Social Situation 2016 brings social inclusion into focus. It identifies patterns of social exclusion and considers whether development processes have been inclusive. It looks at processes that threaten social inclusion and suggests policy imperatives to counteract them. This side event is co-organised by the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. At the event, authors of the report will present its contents, analysis and key policy messages, while the head of the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) at ODI will elaborate on the policy implications of the report, discussing the extent to which anti-discrimination and affirmative action policies create more inclusive societies.

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Title: Women Agents of Change in Building Shared Societies
Conference Room: CR 12 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers:  Club de Madrid/UN Women/UNDESA/Division for Social Policy &Development (DSPD)
Speaker(s): President Roza Otunbayeva, President of the Kyrgyz Republic (2010-2011), Club de Madrid Member; Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development, UNDESA; Clem McCartney, Policy and Content Coordinator, Shared Societies Project, Club de Madrid; Beatrice Duncan, Justice and Constitutional Advisor, UN Women; Elenor Blomstrom, Co-Director and Head of Office, WEDO; Hajar Al-Kuhtany, Member of the Club de Madrid Working Group on Women and Shared Societies, Director, International Forum for Islamic Dialogue.
Details: Women can often play a key role in the process of overcoming intergroup tensions with their many negative consequences including poverty and social deprivation, and in doing so, contribute to overcoming the disempowerment of women. They have particular strengths and opportunities which are often underutilised. One way in which this has been recognised is Security Council Resolution 1325 on women’s participation in negotiations, and there are important examples of this happening. The Beijing Platform for Action, the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen and, more recently, Agenda 2030 are also relevant, and it was an important theme in the Recommendations of the Forum on Minority issues at its Fourth Session: Guaranteeing the rights of minority women and girls (29 and 30 November 2011). In 2013, the Club de Madrid, through its Shared Societies Project, organised a working group on this theme which analysed how this situation comes about and suggested ways of moving forward. But the forces which have led to the marginalization of women, including entrenched attitudes to gender and others more directly related to ethnic relations, have also meant that there is little urgency to redress the situation and recognize the contribution of women in overcoming divisions and building Shared Societies. This side event will review the analysis of the working group and explore how this perspective can be incorporated into the strategies of institutions, both governmental and non-governmental.

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Title: UN Youth Delegates Programme: An Opportunity for Youth Engagement in the UN
Conference Room: CR 8 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers:  Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD)/UNDESA
Speaker(s): Bonian Golmohammadi, Secretary-General of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA); Zuzana Vuova, Youth Delegate, Czech Republic; Mohamed Ghedira, Youth Delegate, Tunisia; Penny Morton, First Secretary, Human Rights, Australian Permanent Mission to the UN
Details: In 2016, over 65 Youth Delegates from 37 countries participated in the 71st session of the Assembly General of the United Nations. The number of Youth Delegates attending the General Assembly, the Commission for Social Development and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development has been steadily increasing, however, Youth Delegates from the African, Latin American and Caribbean and Asia-Pacific Regional Groups remain underrepresented. The side event aims to bring together interested Permanent Missions, civil society organizations and other interested stakeholders to discuss the value of the programme as an opportunity for youth engagement in the United Nations and to gain further awareness of its various aspects.

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Title: The Poverty of Politics? Pursuing Sustainable Development for All in Challenging Times
Conference Room: CR 11 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: UN Research Institute for Social Development/Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN/ Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN
Details: Academics, civil society and governments have a wealth of social policies and programmes to propose which have the potential to eradicate poverty and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as the UNRISD 2016 Flagship Report shows. But are we facing a poverty of politics, especially in the current political climate, which might prevent such transformative policies from being designed, implemented and sustained? At this side event, UNRISD Director Paul Ladd will introduce the UNRISD 2016 Flagship Report, Policy Innovations for Transformative Change, and put it in its current political context. With this as a starting point, panellists will explore some of the current obstacles to integrated policies for poverty eradication, ranging from the exclusionary and isolationist politics which seem to be taking root in many countries, to growing inequalities, and the continued threats to our natural environment. With a looming potential retreat from cooperation, what strategies could shift the political dynamics into a different gear to ensure poverty eradication and sustainable development for all?

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Title: Defense of Land and Water as a Strategy to Eradicate Poverty
Conference Room: CR 9 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Organizers: Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council of North and South America
Speaker(s): Aine O’Connor, Advocate and Activist, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas;  Nicholas Barla, Human Rights Defender, VIVAT International;  Dominic Renfrey, ESCR-Net;  Lyla Johnston, Original Caretakers Fellow, Center for Earth Ethics
Details: This panel aims to highlight the impact of the extractive industries and land-grabbing on the earth and local communities, particularly indigenous, share some best practices from local communities on defending their rights to land and water, and make the link between those rendered poor due to displacement and the need for economic empowerment. One way of addressing this inequality is through the Sustainable Development Goals which will form part of the discussion.

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Title: Morning Briefing for Civil Society
Conference Room: CR B 9:15 – 10:00 AM
Organizers:  DESA/DSPD, NGO Committee for Social Development


Title: Rising Generations: Youth as Drivers of Prospering Communities
Conference Room: CR 9 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Organizers:  Baha’i International Community

Speaker(s): Bita Correa, Program Director,  Fundación para la Aplicación y Enseñanza de las Ciencias (FUNDAEC);  Eric Farr, Consultant, Western Quebec Schoolboard; Hawa Diallo, Public Information Officer, DPI-NGO
Details: This event will focus on the critical role to be played by youth in development efforts at the local level. Particular consideration will be given to ways that the growing participation of young  people in the betterment of their communities impacts and is impacted by local structures of   governance. Speakers will share grassroots experiences from Canada and Colombia around   the transformative potential of educational policy, and implications of youth assuming meaningful roles in community decision-making. Member State representatives will speak on the role of   government in releasing the constructive potential of youth. And a DPI-NGO official will speak  about lessons learned from organizing youth around the world.

Title: Education for Global Citizenship in Eradicating Poverty: A Crowdsourced Conversation
Conference Room: CR 9 | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers:  Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Loreto Generalate
Speaker(s): H.E Ambassador Hahn, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN; Mr. Maxwell Haywood, Focal Point on Cooperatives DSPD/DESA; Moderators: Cecilia O’Dwyer, NGO Representative Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary & Loreto Generalate
Details: This workshop explores how global citizenship interfaces with all aspects of SDGs in the process of eliminating poverty.  While poverty is generally considered in terms of economic deprivation, spiritual poverty can affect all economic segments and lead to unethical choices and systemic forms of poverty.  A holistic education  such as is proposed in our vision of Education for Global Citizenship is rooted in our common humanity, acknowledging the equal value of each individual and affirming the interconnectedness of all.  It promotes the empowerment of all women and men in every dimension of their lives and encourages processes aimed at creating sustainable societies, economy and environment. This workshop will offer representatives of member states, UN agencies and civil society an opportunity to reflect and dialogue on the Statement made by the Coalition for Global Citizenship 2030 to the 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development    Allowing for fluid interaction between attendees and chosen representatives, the workshop seeks to address, through conversation, the importance of global citizenship and its conceptual underpinnings, in eradicating systemic poverty on a global scale.  It will consist of breakout sessions, reflecting on questions based on the Statement. Feed-back to the larger group will be followed by input from respondents. The compilation of points made during the session will be used in the ongoing discussions of the Coalition for Global Citizenship 2030.

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Title: The Role of Civil Society in Strengthening Social Policy Frameworks for Poverty Eradication
Conference Room: CR 9 | 1:15-2:30 PM
Organizers:  UNDESA/Division for Social Policy &amp Development (DSPD)
Speaker(s): Elisabeta David, Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations; Daniel Perell, Chair, NGO Committee on Social Development, NGO CSocD; Hanifa D. Mezoul, Senior Advisor, Humanitarian Affairs & Civil Society United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAC); Paul Ladd, Director, UN Research Institute for Social Development; Emily Coppel, Communications Manager, BRAC USA, Frank Kanu, Chief Executive Director, Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development
Details: Many civil society organisations work tirelessly to improve the wellbeing of marginalised groups and people living in poverty around the world. At the United Nations, DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development aims to strengthen international cooperation for social development to enable the building of secure, just, free and harmonious societies offering opportunities and higher standards of living for all. There are approximately four thousand non-governmental organisations accredited to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), many with representatives following closely the work of UNDESA. The NGO Committee’s working with the UN and Member States are dedicated to raising awareness of and contributing to discussions on the social pillar of sustainable development. In addition, many of the ECOSOC accredited NGOs have links to other organisations doing innovative work on strengthening social policy frameworks for marginalised groups and poverty eradication in communities around the world. Many of these initiatives are very successful and provide lessons that can be shared and replicated in other parts of the world.

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Title: Combating Inequalities to End Poverty
Conference Room: CR 12 | 1:15-2:30 PM
Organizers:  UNESCO-MOST/UNDESA/Division for social Policy & Development (DSPD)
Speaker(s): Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Social Policy & Development, DESA; Pauline Irene, Nguene, Minister of Social Affairs, Cameroon; Dr. Ndri Assie-Lumumba, Member of MOST Scientific Advisory Committee, Professor at Cornell University, NY Member of the Scientific Committee of CODESRIA; Ms. Nada Al-Nashif, Assistant Director-General, Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO; Representative of H.E. Carolina Stanley, Minister of Social Development, Argentina; Cesar Alierta, Global Advisor of the UN’s SDG Fund for Digital Education and Sustainable Development; Naqesh Kumar, Director, Division for Social Development ESCAP
Details: In addition to presenting the outcome of the MOST Ministerial Forum for Central Africa in Cameroon, October 2016, focusing on “Insecurity and migration: impacts on women and youth”, and informing about the forthcoming MOST Ministerial Forum in Malaysia, March 2017 on “Building Inclusive Societies” this side event will discuss: 1) how addressing inequalities in its all dimensions is one of the key strategies to reduce poverty; and 2) how the social science community could effectively contribute to policy making process in this area through including through the key messages from the WSSR “Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World”.

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Title: Eradicating Poverty as a Human Right for Older Persons
Conference Room: CR 6 | 1:15-2:30 PM
Organizers: Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN
Speaker(s): Michael Hermann, UNFPA; Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing

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Title: Using Legal Mechanisms to Assist in Poverty Eradication
Conference Room: CR 7 | 1:15-2:30 PM
Organizers:  International Federation of Women in Legal Careers
Speaker(s): Denise Scotto, Esq., Vice President and NY UN Representative, International Federation of Women in Legal Careers;  Representative of OHCHR NY; Winifred Doherty, NY UN Representative, Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Details: This workshop will discuss the importance of the rule of law, advancing and implementing law as well as implementing social justice programmes to reduce poverty and to create more social inclusive and sustainable societies that create a better world for all.

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Title: Financing Social Protection Floors: Work of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development
Conference Room: CR 11 | 1:15-2:30 PM
Organizers:  International Labour Organization/UNDESA/ Financing for Development Office
Speaker(s): Shari Spiegel, Chief of Branch, Policy Analysis and Development, Financing for Development Office, UN DES  Isabel Ortiz, Director, Social Protection, ILO  Barry Herman, The New School
Details: Under the auspices of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development, the Financing for Development Office and the ILO organized an expert group meeting to explore coherent funding modalities for the social protection floor component of the social compact that is contained in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. The November 2016 experts meeting discussed country experiences with financing of social protection floors to explore some lessons learned and raise new or innovative ideas for sustainable financing of universal social protection systems, including floors. It also advanced thinking on how to treat social protection floors in the thematic chapter of the 2017 IATF report.    This briefing will serve to update all stakeholders on the outcomes of the expert group meeting and the subsequent work of the Task Force in the area of financing social protection. Comments and input will be sought from the attendees.

Title: Technologies, Methods and Ways of Sustainable Development Management. Theory and Practice 
Conference Room: CR 9 | 3:00 -4:30 PM
Organizers:  Sail of Hope: Russian solutions for the World
Speaker(s): “New forms of employment. Labor cooperatives, joint-stock societies, specialized NGOs.” R. Ususpov, Professor, ILO;  “Sustainable forms of self-management for health prevention and treatment of the people in the territories” D. Abrosimov, Professor, WHO;  “Blokchain in the service of development of social sphere: the potential in education, employment, payment for social services in the territories”  I. Alekhin;  “Social Innovations” technopark  “Science and Creativity, an example of territorial development”  D. Ashirov, International Association of technoparks   “Eco-Energy: theory and practice” E. Efremov, Ph.D, Energetic Union  ““Strategies of territorial development as summand of sustainable development of civilizations” Y. Alekseev, Ph.D, OPTIMA Project
Details: Participants of “Sail of Hope” Side Event are unanimous in the necessity of consolidation of the healthy forces of our planet to address the acute challenges of the present and planning the future for sustainable development of civilization. This requires the UN to maintain or initiate the following research areas and programs in accordance with their meaning: Consistency, morality, self management, proactivity, transparency, innovation, money, NGO.

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Title: Yoga’s Impact on Poverty Eradication, Sustainable Living and Social Inclusion
Conference Room: CR 9 | 4:45 – 6:00 PM
Organizers:  Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University/International Federation of Women in Legal Careers
Speaker(s): Julia Grindon-Welch, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University ; German Bravo Cassas, President UNSRC Yoga Club; Denise Scotto, Chair, International Day of Yoga Committee at the UN ; Juan Chebly, UNEP ; Mission of India Representative; Denis Licul
Details: This interactive dialogue will.discuss how yoga, in all its fullness, promotes a simplified way of life, a decrease in a consumption lifestyle, care for the natural world and a greater sense of belonging, community and unity leading to projects concerning poverty eradication..

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Title: 10 Solutions to Poverty You May Be Ignoring
Conference Room: CR E | 10:00 – 11:30 AM 
Organizers:  Memory Trees
Speaker(s): Rudi Bester, CEO, Memory Trees Corporation;  Reece Bester, Director Projects, Memory Trees Corporation;  Debbie Lee, Executive Director, Memory Trees Corporation
Details: Memory Trees will deliver hands-on experience and best practices related to the disruption of reliance on social benefit programs. The corporation’s expertise in creating innovative “strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all,” are well documented, tried and tested, in multiple jurisdictions.

Title: Global Citizenship for Social Development: Universal Curriculum Design and ICTFacilitated Intercultural Learning Environments for All Students
Conference Room: CR E | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers:  NGO Committee for Education, Learning and Literacy
Speaker(s): Dr. Carol Kennedy, Main Representative of Manhattan Multicultural Counseling to the UN-ECOSOC; Member of the NGO Committee on Education, Learning and Literacy (NGO CELL), Educational Technology Consultant, Fordham University, and Member of C.A.S.T. Cadre (Center for Applied Special Technology); Dr. Eunhee Jung, Founder and Executive Director, IVECA Center for International Virtual Schooling, Main Representative of IVECA to the UN-ECOSOC and UN-DPI, Member of NGO CELL, and Co-Chair, NGO Steering Committee of an International Day of Education for Global Citizenship; Mr. Danilo Parmegiani, Executive Director, Legion of Good Will-USA, and Main Representative of LGW to the UN-ECOSO; Ms. Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson, MPO of the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana, and Member of NGO CELL; Ms. Joy Lindsay, Educator, Butterfly Dreamz Inc. Newark, N.J.;  Ms. Lily Gray, Program Officer for Education, UNESCO Office in New York; MODERATOR: Mr. Reggie Bennett, Jr., Teacher, Music and Special Education, Reach Academy
Details: Global Citizenship for Social Development: Universal Curriculum Design and ICT-Facilitated Intercultural Learning Environments for All Students  [ SDG #1, #4, #5, and #17]     The use of Universal Design for Learning and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) enable more accessible and cross-culturally collaborative learning environments for all learners, including those with disabilities, both in the U.S. and globally. This side event explores how education can contribute to reducing poverty and enhancing human life and what kind of teaching and learning best address the needs of all learners. The panelists discuss theory-based framework to apply universal curriculum design that engages various learners and cultural diversity and promotes intercultural competence of global citizenship. By introducing best practices of using ICT and emerging technologies in the United States, Africa, Latin America, and Asia, the panelists recommend universal and global learning environment for all students including girls from different cultures and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. The key aspects this panel addresses are:  1. Principles and application of Universal Design for Learning   2. Curriculum design framework and global virtual learning to develop intercultural competence  3. Education and technology for children in Brazil, and refugees and migrants in Latin America  4. Academic support and finance for Ghanaian girls and those with special needs.   5. Storytelling e-Book collaboration between Ghana and a school in Newark, N.J.   6. UNESCO’s perspective: quality education of using ICT, arts and music for youth and humanity. The NGO Committee for Education, Learning and Literacy (NGO CELL) proposes an informational presentation and panel discussion on education for social development, co-sponsored by UNESCO, Society for Psychology Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), Manhattan Multicultural Counseling (MMC), IVECA Center for  International Virtual Schooling, and Legion of Goodwill. RSVP Here: https://goo.gl/npShNI

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Title: Inclusive Cities for Sustainable Families
Conference Room: CR 12 | 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Organizers: International Federation for Family Development/UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD)
Speaker(s): Mario Armella, World President of the International Federation for Family Development; H.E. Roberto Ciambetti, President of the Consiglio Regionale del Veneto (Italy); Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development, UNDESA; Dr. Siti Norlasiah Binti Ismail, D.G. of the National Population and Family Development Board of Malaysia, H.E. Carolina Stanley, Minister of Social Development of Argentina; H.E. Michael Farrugia, Minister of Family and Social Solidarity of Malta
Details: The family unit has proven to be the main agent for development within societies and thus cornerstone for sustainable cities. Therefore, its area of action must be of great concern in order to facilitate its role in generations to come. If families are these crucial development agents, an adequate environment is needed to facilitate their role. An adequate integrated approach that encourages crosssectorial collaboration is more efficient when tackling existing issues and unlocking opportunities within the city. A holistic approach to the family will definitely contribute in the three different aspects of sustainable development, and will make possible an accurate assessment of the needs for inclusive cities, especially in terms of investment in infrastructure. In order to achieve this objective, families may need to be provided with adequate tools for strengthening their ability to reach their potential as productive, engaged, and capable agents of sustainable development, contributing fully to their members and communities. Sustainable cities start and end with cohesive and inclusive families. Building cities that “work” –inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable– requires intensive policy coordination and investment choices. National and local governments have an important role to play to take action now, to shape the future of their development and to create opportunities for all, so that no one will be left behind.

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Title: Thinking Long-Term: Making Poverty Eradication and Environmental Protection Mutually Supportive
Conference Room: CR 5 | 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Organizers:  International Council on Social Welfare
Speaker(s): Prof. Lynne M. Healy, International Association of the Schools of Social Work, Special Representative to the UN  Dr. Sergei Zelenev, International Council on Social Welfare, Executive Director  Dr.Rebecca Davis, Rutgers University, US  Ms. Cecilie Golden, Programme Specialist, UNESCO, MOST Programme  
Details: The side-event explores a connection between poverty eradication and environmental sustainability at the policy level globally and nationally. The evidence-based presentations look at inequality and sustainability dimensions, including linkages between well-designed social policies and environmental protection.

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Title: The Role of Strategic Partnership between Government and Civil Society Organizations in achieving Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development
Conference Room: CR 7 | 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Organizers:  WorldWIDE Network Nigeria: Women in Development and Environment/ African Youth for Transparency
Speaker(s): Dr. Amina Smaila (Fmr. Vice Chair, Commission for Social Development.)Her Excellency, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs Nigeria); Dr. Lovette Ego (President, Sustain Africa, USA); Daniel Perell.(Chair, NGO Committee on CSocD)
Details: In September 2015, at a special summit at the United Nations, World Leaders committed themselves to an ambitious global agenda, which is now known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the heart of the 2030 Agenda is the set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their accompanying 169 targets. The SDGs were emerged through a broad consultative process, which included engagement with civil society groups, being the first of its kind. This partnership with civil society must be sustained even in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Secretary General’s report on Critical Milestones emphasized the need for inclusive follow- up and review process; as well as partnership with civil society in achieving the agenda. This side event has been packaged to examine effective strategies and partnerships countries and government adopt in implementing the Agenda 2030. Secondly, what should be the role and relevance of civil society organizations in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa? What capacity and knowledge do they have, to bring to the table? What is the role of the private sector in achieving Agenda 2030?

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Title: Poverty Eradication through Education with Special Reference to Indigenous People
Conference Room: CR E | 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Organizers: Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences
Speaker(s): Mr. Kadey Soren, Deputy Director, Academics, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India; Mr. Hemant Dwivedi, Global Coordinator, UNFPA; Mr. Tushar Kanti Senapati, Deputy Director, Project  & Research, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha; Mr. Dwiti Vikramaditya, Advisor, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India; Dr. Iswar Chandra Naik, Assistant Professor, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India; Mr. Michel Doube, Founder, CITTA, USA; Priyanka Singh, Human Right Institute, Canada; Mr. Suraj Roy, Deputy Director, Resource Mobilisation, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Details: Education is the most important driving force for the development and progress of a nation which acts to be the key component of human development and human empowerment. Education is an essential for every individual and people of society. It helps people to know the world beyond their own surroundings and transforms them to become rationalist and humanist in outlook and world views. Education is an effort of the senior people to transfer their knowledge to the younger members of society. It is thus an institution, which plays a vital role in integrating an individual with his society and maintaining the perpetuation of culture. Education provides scope for upward movement in social ladder. The right of indigenous peoples to education is protected by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which reaffirms and applies the right to education to the specific historical, cultural, economic and social circumstances of indigenous peoples. Eradication of poverty, ignorance, diseases and inequality of opportunities and providing a better and higher quality of life will be possible only through quality education to all, particularly Indigenous people. Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is cases in point which is imparting holistic education and at present 25,000 indigenous children are also provided with food, accommodation, vocational training, and healthcare absolutely free thereby addressing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its various programs. This has led to arrest inter-generational poverty chain among indigenous population of India.

Title: Fighting Poverty: A Case for Investing in Family Oriented Policies and Programs
Conference Room: CR E |  4:45 – 6:00 PM
Organizers: Permanent Mission of Qatar to the UN/ Doha International Family Institute
Speaker(s): Sheikha Alya Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations; Ms. Renata Kaczmarkska, UN Focal Point on the Family, Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN; Dr. Anis Ben Brik, Director, Family Policy Division, Doha International Family Institute; Prof. Lawrence M. Mead, NYU Department of Politics; Prof. Jill Duerr Berrick, The Zellerbach Family Foundation Professor at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley

Details: In response to the Social Development Commission’s fifty-fifth session under the theme of “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all” Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), in partnership with the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations (UN), is organizing a side event during the UN Fifty-Fifth Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) on February 6th, 2016, at UN Headquarters in New York. The side event—DIFI UN Briefing—will provide expert insights on mainstreaming family perspective in poverty eradication and social protection policies and strategies’ in contribution to the achievement of SDG#1 on poverty eradication for all.  Experts will also share Arab regional perspectives, and provide evidence and best practices of family perspective in the poverty eradication policies and strategies.

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Title: Improving the Online Participation of the General Public at United Nations Events!
Conference Room: CR 8 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM 
Organizers: International Association of Independent Journalists
Speaker(s): Maurice, Ali, President, International Association of Independent Journalists Inc.
Details: The interactive side event will present a survey on whether the general public wants to participate at the UN, a presentation on how a smartphone app can allow general public participation at the UN, and a discussion on the Charter of the United Nations allowing this form of participation.

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Title: Sustainable Transport as Strategy for the Eradication of Poverty with Focus on Inland Transport and Employment Generation to Implement Social Development 
Conference Room: CR E | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers:  Baltic Sea Forum / UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD)
Speaker(s):  Kurt Bodewig, former Federal Minister for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing in Germany, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Baltic Sea Forum; Daniela Bas, Director Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Juwang Zhu, Director Division for Sustainable Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Bettina Luise Rürup, Executive Director Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York; Raimonda Murmokaité, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania
Details: The panel discussion aims at providing a high-level discussion forum for experts of UN bodies, Permanent Missions, non-governmental organizations and civil-society organizations on sustainable transport. The idea is to show how sustainable transport relates to the conference subject: Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all, with focus on financially feasible transport structures and employment generation to implement social and sustainable development. To reach SDG1, CSR between governments, business, finance, economy and civil society is an inevitable pre-condition. The revival of existing structures like inland waterways and rail transport and by expanding them, secure employment through creation of jobs/working places can be assured and with that stable income. As focus is on waterways and rail, environmental sustainability will be provided. To implement such a program with the aim to reach SDG1, Corporate Social Responsibility CSR between governments, business, finance, economy and civil society is an inevitable pre-condition.

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Title: A Human Dignity and Faith Perspective on the Eradication of Poverty for the Incarcerated Population of the World
Conference Room: CR 5 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: International Prison Chaplains’ Association/ CURE International/ Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN
Speaker(s): Anita Lightburn, Director, Beck Institute, Fordham University; Petero Sabune, Director of Reentry, New York State Department of Corrections; Dean Trulear, Associate Professor of Applied Theology at Howard University; Julio Medina, Executive Director, Exodus Transitional Community, NYC; Jean Didier-Mboyo, Vice-President, IPCA; Charles Sullivan, President, CURE
Details:  Four panel presenters followed by Q & A.  The International Prison Chaplains Association (IPCA) and Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) would like to host a panel discussion on the direct correlation between poverty and those who comprise the prison population.  We would highlight the fact that in most countries, the prison population is largely representative of the lowest economic strata within their respective countries.    Rehabilitation and Reentry Efforts for this population, while in prison, can significantly reduce their return rate to prison.  This reduced recidivism rate is especially successful in cases where Returning Citizens are exposed to faith-based organizations which provide guidance and support for their Reentry efforts.    Those who have been invited to be on the panel are leaders in this field with practical experience within the American system.  They will address various aspects of the aforementioned approaches ranging from artistic, vocational and academic exposure while in prison; to job skill training, interview techniques, and financial planning to improve their chances of success.  A model of this nature has been in practice for over twenty years in Sing Sing prison.  While the national average of recidivism in the United States is about 50%, the recidivism rate of those who have participated in the Sing Sing model is less than 5%.  With these documented results, this is one example of how it is possible to break the cycle of poverty – prison – poverty – prison – poverty – prison.    

Title: The Promotion of Mental Health and Wellbeing for Youth as a Strategy for Social Integration and Poverty Eradication
Conference Room: CR 12 | 1:15 – 2:45 PM
Organizers:  UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD)/Permanent Mission of Palau to the UN/ Permanent Mission of Belgium to the UN
Speaker(s): H.E. Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations; Daniela Bas, Director, Division of Social Policy and Development, UNDESA; Jean-Marie Vianney Bazibuhe, Founder, Hope and Health Vision; Dr. Wais Aria, Executive Director and Found, Tabish Organizations Psychosocial Support; Naomi N’sa, UN Youth Delegate from Belgium; David Marcotte, Ph.D SJ, Founder, The Character Connection Initiative;  Frank Kanu, Executive Director and Founder, Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development; H.E. Dr. Caleb Otto, Permanent Representative of Palau to the UN; Moderated by Dr. Judy Kuriansky, IAAP
Details: Featuring an original play “As Long as There’s Love” and original song “Myself is Who I Am” Play and song written by Sophia Angelica, the Rybin Studio of Drama Performed by Sophia Angelica, Nicolas Salgado, David Guttierez all of Rybin Studio

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Title: Achieving Sustainable Development through Social and Political Entrepreneurship: Voices of Global Youth Innovators
Conference Room: CR E | 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Organizers: SustainUS
Speaker(s): Ari Eisenstat (UN Global Sustainability Index Institute/Draem Ventures); Luz Maria Utrera (UN Interagency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth & Gender Equality, UN Women Champion for Change, Luz Maria Foundation); Ravi Karkara (Senior Advisor Strategic Partnership and Advocacy to  the UN Assistant Secretary-General/Deputy Executive Director, Acting Head Private Sector, UN Women); Karol Alejandra Arambula Carrillio, Founder & Head of Operations MY World Mexico; Amelia Subervi and Andrew Pett, Co-Founders, Student Coalition for Social Justice; SustainUS Delegation Leaders: Amy Frieder, Aubree Sepler, George Chai, Keoni DeFranco, Robert He, Saad Amer, and Shani Christopher

Details: Innovation, social entrepreneurship, and youth empowerment are critical steps in the successful implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as we move forward on the path to strengthen social development in the contemporary world. By sharing stories of innovation from young entrepreneurs and community leaders, this event aims to spark dialogue around effective means of change in social development and inspire participants to take meaningful steps toward progress in their home communities. Panelists will explore the critical role that youth advocacy plays in moving forward the social development agenda and sustainable solutions in a changing world. This event will offer a highly-interactive platform for engagement of youth and youth advocates across sectors.

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Title: Poverty Eradication through Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration and SDGs Appropriation: The Case of Mexico
Conference Room: CR E | 10:00 AM – 11:30AM
Organizers:  Mayama AC
Speaker(s): María Angélica Luna y Parra y Trejo Lerdo, Head of Mexico’s National  Institute for Social Development (INDESOL); Graciela Teruel Belismelis, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and Social Equity and Professor of Economics at Universidad Iberoamericana;  Alejandra Peña Pous, CEO Mayama A.C; Jaime Cámara Creixell, CEO PetStar; Karol Alejandra Arámbula Carrillo, International Liaison Mayama, A.C.
Details: This side-event looks to deepen the analysis on partnership-building to develop stronger strategies to eliminate multidimensional poverty through the sharing of best practices and concrete examples from development stakeholders in Mexico including Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), government, academia and the private sector.      

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Title: Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Ensuring No One is Left Behind
Conference Room: CR E | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers:  NGO Committee on Social Development/ WorldWIDE Network Nigeria
Speaker(s): Dr. Amina Smaila, Fmr. Vice Chair Commission for Social Development; Daniel Perell, Chair, NGO Committee on Commission on Social Development, USA; Ms. Nodira Azizova, Syracuse University, New York, USA; Dr. Abiola Tilley- Gyado, President, SFSP, Nigeria
Details: At the heart of the 2030 Agenda is the set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their accompanying 169 targets. The SDGs were emerged through a broad consultative process, which included engagement with civil society groups, being the first of its kind. As the SDGs landscape evolves, the ability of government, CSOs, private sector to meet the challenges to attain the SDGs demand a new form of alliance and collaboration, to ensure that no one is left behind. On the 16th of November 2016, there was a National Dialogue on Leave No One Behind in Lagos Nigeria. Many issues came up during that dialogue, such as the need for new partnerships (between the government, civil society and the private sector) founded on mutual trust, respect for each other’s roles in sustainable development. If no one is to be left behind we owe ourselves the responsibility to work together in this partnership in the planning and implementation of the SDGs in Nigeria.

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Title: Eradicating Poverty through Education: Increasing Wealth through Sexual Health
Conference Room: CR E | 1:15-2:30 PM
Organizers:  Concepts of Truth, Inc.
Speaker(s): Lace, MSE, LPC-S, Founder/Director, Concepts of Truth International; Samantha Martinez, Youth Representative, Concepts of Truth International; Constance Tyne, Youth Representative, Concepts of Truth International Barbara Wilson, M.A., Author/Speaker/Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology; Maggie Peeler, Director of School Sexual Health Program, Concepts of Truth International; Hector Ferrer, Federal Chaplain
Details: The Panel will explore worldwide stats of higher-risk sex (i.e. sex with a non-marital, no-cohabitating partner); insufficient knowledge about HIV and STI’s; the invisible bond between sex and addictive relationships; and the power of education in addressing issues related to sexual and reproductive health. Concepts of Truth International’s model of counselling, recovery, and prevention will be reviewed which educates clients to develop the whole person and to instill in each individual a due sense of dignity as the basis for sexual health.

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Title: The Role of the Media in Promoting Strategies for the Eradication of Poverty
Conference Room: CR 12 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers:  UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD)
Speaker(s): Ms. Daniela Bas, Director, UNDESA DSPD; Hibah Hussain, International Public Policy, Google; Lyndal Rowlands, UN Bureau Chief, IPS – Inter Press Service; Tsigue Shiferaw, Freelance Reporter, Broadcast Medial; Amjad Atallah, Regional Director for the Americas, Aljazerra Media Network; Kahraman Haliscelik, Turkish Radio and Television -TRTWorld; Ahmed Fathi, Managing Editor, Global Affairs Analyst, American Television News (ATN)
Details: The media plays a central role in informing the public about global, national and local events and is a powerful medium for shaping opinion and policy. Changes in national policies often come about after a sustained media campaign raising public awareness and causing national debates. High-quality public service and public service journalism in particular should be supported as public goods. Public interest journalism involves media content that provides citizens with access to information on key aspects of public life significantly affecting their well-being and involvement. Numerous examples exist to show how the media, including the widespread use of new technologies, have contributed to reduce poverty by bringing basic services to people living in vulnerable situations including older persons, persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples. The media are at the intersection of possible tools and innovations that can be used for a sustainable future.

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Title: Leaving No Child Behind: Promoting Youth Inclusion through Quality Education for All
Conference Room: CR 7 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers:  International Federation for Family Development/ Permanent Mission of Qatar to the UN
Speaker(s): H. E. Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations; H. E. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations; Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Youth; H. E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations; H. E. Michael Farrugia, Minister of Family and Social Solidarity of Malta
Details: Children in their growing process will have serious difficulties facing the future, as many societies are unable to integrate young people into work and family life. They have been hit harder by unemployment than any other age group. The global unemployment rate among 15 to 24 year-olds is estimated at 12.6% in 2013, with 73 million people jobless worldwide, according to the International Labour Organization. Levels of informal employment among young people are soaring and youth are finding it ever more difficult to find jobs that match their skills and education. Unless we equip youth with the education and workforce skills they need to succeed, we are in danger of leaving millions of young people who we need for economic growth on the sidelines. Some key issues in the identification and promotion of children’s mental health and psychological well-being should therefore be identified, as well as how to deal with early childhood and in supporting parents to provide the best environments for children. What can local authorities achieve by promoting the social and emotional well-being and principles and recommendations for governments should also be listed.

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Title: Leave No One Behind: The Wresinski Approach, 60 Years of Experience
Conference Room: CR 8 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers:  Permanent Mission of France to the UN
Speaker(s): Donald Lee, President, International Committee for October 17; Ambassador François Delattre, Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations; Miss Emma Speaks, Human Rights Activist; ; Professor Christopher Winship, Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology and Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Professor Frédéric Viguier, Institute of French Studies, New York University; Dr. Geneviève Tardieu, International Policy and Advocacy Director, ATD Fourth World
Details: The concept of leaving no one behind is at the core of the vision that drives the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It defines their ambitions and their reach and gives inspiration to every stakeholder, including the ones who are the most concerned by this approach: people with direct experience of persistent poverty and social exclusion. Yet the international community has little experience with the concrete steps necessary to implement this pledge. This concept originated with Joseph Wresinski and his encounter with homeless families in a shantytown in Noisy-le-Grand, near Paris (France) sixty years ago. Together, they developed a way of thinking and doing that provides sustainable solutions to the challenges raised by extreme poverty. Today, this practice is embodied in the movement that Joseph Wresinski and those families founded and in its partners. The objective of this session is to question this experience in order to identify guidelines and good practices that could be relevant for the implementation of the SDGs.

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Title: Early Parenting and Early Childhood Care and Education to Address the Inter-Generational Dimension of Poverty: The CEPPs Global Initiative
Conference Room: CR E | 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Organizers: Make Mothers Matter
Speaker(s): Rima Salah, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Medicine; Sara Watson, Global Director, ReadyNation International; Sandra Bardsley, President, Association for Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology And Health (APPPAH); Valerie Unite, CEPPs Executive Director; Renata Kaczmarska, UN Focal Point on the Family, DSPD/DESA
Details: The objectives of this side-event are to position Early Parenting and Early Childhood Care and Education as a child rights issue, but also as a key strategy for the eradication of poverty, the promotion of Peace, and more generally the realisation of the 2030 Agenda as well as to introduce/launch the Mother and Child Manifesto and the Childhood and Early Parenting Principles (CEPPs) as a global initiative to promote at all levels, multi-stakeholder and multi-sectorial mobilisation and engagement with governments, to educate and support parents and other caregivers in skilled early parenting and nurturing care during pregnancy and early childhood.

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Title: Morning Briefing for Civil Society
Conference Room: CR B | 9:15 – 10:00 AM
Organizers:  DESA/DSPD, NGO Committee for Social Development


Title: The Unifying Framework for Sustainable Development
Conference Room: CR E | 10:00 -11:30 AM 
Organizers:  BEFA Women and Child Care Foundation
Speaker(s): Nneoma Albert-Benson, President, BEFA Women and Child Care Foundation;  Michael Ibiorika, Program strategist, BEFA Women and Child Care Foundation
Details: The event aims to proffer the unifying framework of BEFA Women and Child Care Foundation as an effective strategy for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development.  According to the world bank, 70 percent of the world’s poorest people are women. For these women, poverty does not just mean scarcity and want, it means rights denied, opportunities curtailed and voices silenced. The Unifying framework of BEFA Women and Child Care Foundation advocates that for us to sustainably eradicate poverty, men as status holders in the family and community must act. Men and women must work together, hand in hand to ensure equal opportunities at all levels.

Title: Blockchain: A Highway to Deliberative Democracy
Conference Room: CR E | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers:  World Jurist Association
Speaker(s): Alexander Löw, President of the World Jurist Association Germany – CEO at Data-Warehouse GmbH;  David Andolfatto – VP Research at Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis;  Patrick Murck – Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard – Special Counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP;   Sandra Ro – Digitization, CME Group;  Pia Mancini – Democracy Earth Foundation (Voice);  Susan Ramonat – Blockchain Lead || Chief Risk Officer;  Emily Goodman Binick – Vice President & Senior Counsel at American Express;  Seyla Benhabib – Eugene Mayer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University, director of the program in Ethics, Politics, and Economics;  Jose Luís Martí –  Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellow of the University Center for Human Values de la Princeton University, Professor and Resecher of Law Philosphy at University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona;  Juan Llanosm, Blockchain/Fintech/Compliance Executive & Advisor
Details: The World Jurist Association is bringing the innovative researches and researchers that can help improving the defense of human rights to the legal international community. As our members stand from Supreme Courts, Law Schools and Law firms from all around the world, we serve as an arena that puts together law making and legal practice with technical innovation. Election law has been one of our long term projects, carried out in countries like Georgia or Nigeria, nevertheless the whole world is facing somewhat of a crisis of the democratic system. That is why we talk about the ways that the Blockchain’s technology can help to bring new legitimacy to the system. Our panel discussion brings experts from different domains (legal, philosophical, IT technical and financial) to explain not only how can the Blockchain technology be applied to promote a more direct and transparent democratic process, but how can this resource improve the health of governments, establishing ways to control political flaws, like corruption or malfunction. With this being said it is without a doubt that the Rule of Law and the preservation of Human Rights will find new ways of legitimacy throughout a democratic process that corresponds to the times we are living in, and that stands to the requirements of a society that is demanding change and a way to rely on their representatives in front of public institutions.   Therefore Deliberative Democracy is a crucial tool to help prevent political corruption and improve social development, thus enhancing the confidence that citizens have on Governments and Institutions. Now the question is, how should a system that uses the Blockchain as a technology to achieve a more participatory and transparent approach to democratic states and organizations be crafted, and which should be the principles applied to attain its proper functioning? The answers to these two fundamental questions will be talked over and debated by our invited speakers at the panel discussion, and its conclusions will be written down on a legal based guideline on how to use the Blockchain as a tool to establish a Democratic system with higher levels of deliberation.

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Title: Early Childhood Development as a Strategy to Eradicate Poverty and Reduce Inequalities in a Migration and Refugee Context
Conference Room: CR A | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers: World Organisation for Early Childhood Education
Speaker(s): Ashram El Nour, Director of the International Organization on Migration; Rima Salah, Chair of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC) and Adjunct Faculty Member at the child Study Center, Yale University; Neil Boothby, Professor of Forced Migration and Health Population and Family Health, Columbia University; Jeffry Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on MDGs, Director of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Details:  There is a well-documented connection between adverse early experiences and a wide range of costly community problems. Scientific evidence highlights the crucial importance of early childhood intervention for children living under highly adverse conditions.The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for equitable opportunities for people everywhere to achieve full potential and for all countries to prioritize their most vulnerable populations, including migrant and refugee children. Without tailored, sustainable, inclusive development and education programs for children and their caregivers in humanitarian and other crisis situations, the SDG targets will not met.   The side event will discuss how to use research and best practices to influence policy makers and scale up investments to ensure that migrant and refugee children not only survive their early years, but also thrive during this period.

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Title: Palestine Refugees: Poverty, Challenges, and Prospects
Conference Room: CR F | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers: The Palestinian Return Centre
Speaker(s): Leila Hillal; International Security Program New America;  Pietro Stefanini, Researcher / Advocacy Coordinator at the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC); Anne Irfan, London School of Economics (LSE); Matthias Schmale, Director, UNRWA Representative Office, New York
Details: This event will highlight the human rights violations faced by Palestinians living in refugee camps across the Middle East. High levels of poverty affect many Palestinians living in refugee camps which suffer from the adverse changing conditions of the region. The difficulties UN agencies such as UNRWA continue to face will be discussed in order to advance just and durable solutions for the longstanding Palestinian refugee issue. In light of the recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals, speakers will analyze strategies for the eradication of poverty for one of the most vulnerable communities in our society and they will propose further broader recommendations to achieve sustainable development for all.

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Title: Smart Investments as a Recipe for Poverty Eradication
Conference Room: CR 11| 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers:  Permanent Mission of Ghana/Barinu Institute for Economic Development
Speaker(s): Ambassador Phil Johnson, Ghana DPR to UN; Honorable Felix W Ortiz, New York State Assembly Deputy Speaker; Uwaifo Aromose, Chancellor, Barinu Institute for Economic Development  Fernando Torres, Former Senior Investment Officer, Global Emerging Markets UN Pension Fund;  Joyce Banda, Former President of Malawi;  Prince Faisal AlSaud, President F3 Investments; Joevenel Moise, President of Haiti; Caiyun Wang, Former Economic Officer Asia Development Bank and Senior Consultant Asia Development Bank; Jennie Yeung, Honorary Chairman of Shenzhen Economic Commission; Ashok Parameswaran, Vice President, AIG Investments; Barrister Ugozie Eze
Details: The event will be a discussion on how smart investments can be a recipe for poverty eradication. After the discussion there will be an opportunity for questions and answers. 

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Title: Issues, Challenges and Strategies for the Eradication of Poverty to Achieve Sustainable Development for All in Context of Sustainable Development Goals
Conference Room: CR E | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: VAAGDHARA
Speaker(s): Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya, Member of Legislatative Assembly, Rajasthan, Former Rural Development and Tribal Affairs Minister, Government of Rajasthan; Mr. Jeffry Huffines
Details: VAAGDHARA will organize the Side Event to discuss the key causes of poverty and evaluating government’s response to these challenges. The organization will also share its experience of working with the poor tribal of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat and will recommend some practical strategies – based on its experience – to address the poverty conundrum through cost – effective and locally available resources.

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Title: Decent Work as the Most Important Strategy for Poverty Eradication
Conference Room: CR 12 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: International Association of Applied Psychology
Speaker(s): Mary O’Neill Berry, Executive Vice President (Retired), International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP); Walter Reichman, Partner, OrgVitality;  Stuart Carr, Professor of I-O Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand;  Darrin Hodgetts, Professor of Societal Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand;  Virginia Schein, Professor Emerita of Psychology, Gettysburg College;  Peter Walker, Professor (Retired), Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI);  Mathian Osicki, IBM Cloud BTL Partner, IBM;  Susanne Bruyere, Professor of Disability Studies, Cornell University
Details: Scholars and Concerned individuals alike will come to present several instances of decent work during this side event. The presentations are titled: “Partnerships to Foster Living Wages: Project GLOW.” ; “Climate Change and Employment: Building Sustainable Resilience.”; “Decent Work, Not Just a Job, as the Pathway Out of Poverty: Voices of Low-Income
Women in Nicaragua.” ; “Humanitarian Work Psychology’s Contributions to Poverty and Mortality Eradication.”; “Employer Practices to Improve Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities.”

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Title: Sustainable and Social Development in the Fashion Industry: The Paradigm Shift Necessary to Fight Poverty
Conference Room: CR E | 3:00 -4:30 PM
Organizers:  Hecho por Nosotros
Speaker(s): Pilar Fernandez, PhD Candidate, Hecho por Nosotros Represent NY; Maria Jose Ordonez, Specialist in Sustainable Fashion, Hecho por Nosotros Represent NY; Kate Holzman, Master in Community Development, Specialist in Ethical Fashion Educational Programs; Miguel Reynolds, Sustainable Organizations SORG; Daniela Bas, Director of Divisions for Social Policy and Development/UNDESA
Details: Panel discussion will address the challenge of sustainability and fighting poverty in the fashion industry. The Agenda 2030 invites all actors in the textile industry to address the issues and sustainable solutions in fashion, and further aid in the fight against poverty. To reach this goal, we need a shift in the industry’s paradigm.

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