CSocD56 Side Events


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Title: Morning Briefing for NGOs
Conference Room: CR D | 9:15 – 9:45 AM
Organizers: UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD), NGO Committee on Social Development

Title: Briefing on the ILO World Social Protection Report 2017-2019
Conference Room: CR D | 1:15  – 2:30 PM
Organizers: International Labour Organization (ILO)

Doha Briefing- Panel Discussion on Family Sensitive Social Protection
Conference Room: CR 7 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: Mission of Qatar to the UN
Details: The panel discussion aims at:
Present the findings of the International Expert Group Meeting held in Doha in November 2017 on “Integrating a Family Perspective during the localization of SDGs in the Arab World:
Challenges and Aspirations” in collaboration with UNFPA;
Explore how the EGM’s findings and recommendations are relevant NGOs working at the regional and international levels;
Discuss the value of investing in family policies that focus on youth and why this is important in the Arab world.


Title: Farmers of the Future: Building Resilience in Rural Areas
Conference Room: CR 12 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers:  UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD)
HOST: Ms. Daniela Bas, Director Division for Social Policy and Development/UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs; 
Ms. Elisabeth Pape, Minister Counsellor, EU Delegation to the United Nations;
Mr. John Mathiason, Managing Director, Associates for International Management Services;
Mr. Thomas Magnusson, President, COGECA – the voice of European Agri-Cooperatives;
Mr. Aldo Cristiano, Head of Global Procurement Raw Materials and Sustainability, Ferrero;
Ms. Carla Mucavi, Director, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Liaison Office to the United Nations;
Mr. Paul Garnett, Senior Director, Microsoft Airband Initiative
Details: The 2030 Agenda recognizes the inter linkages among supporting sustainable agriculture, empowering small farmers, ending rural poverty and ensuring social inclusion and healthy lifestyles. Extreme poverty and hunger are predominantly rural, with smallholder farmers and their families making up a very sizable proportion of the poor and hungry.
Thus, eradicating poverty and hunger are integrally linked to boosting food production, agricultural productivity and rural incomes. Building resilience of local food systems will be critical to averting large-scale future shortages and to ensuring food security and good nutrition for all.
There are many elements of traditional farmer knowledge that, enriched by the latest scientific knowledge, can support productive food systems through sound and sustainable soil, land, water, nutrient and pest management. Therefore, transferring this knowledge to the new generation of farmers is an important task that requires the combined efforts of policy makers and the private sector.
Sustainable agricultural practices and food systems, must be pursued from a holistic and integrated perspective that considers both the needs of farmers and their families, and the consumers of their goods. Providing equal opportunities to rural communities, not only fosters social inclusion, but is also instrumental in reducing the widening gap between urban and rural areas.
The expected outcome of this event is to encourage multi-stakeholder partnerships in the field of agriculture to positively impact the wellbeing of vulnerable communities living in rural areas and contribute to poverty eradication.


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Title: Morning Briefing for NGOs
Conference Room: CR D | 9:15 – 9:45 AM
Organizers: UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD), NGO Committee on Social Development

Title: Global Goals and Sustainable Textile Industry to Eradicate Poverty and Advance Sustainable Development for All
Conference Room: CR D | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Organizers:  Hecho por Nosotros
Speaker(s): Patrick Duffy, Founder of the Global Fashion Exchange platform, Global Partnerships Manager for Common Objective (CO);
Lilian Liu, Manager of Partnerships & UN Relations at the United Nations Global Compact;
Lucia Cuba, Assistant Professor of Fashion at Parsons School of Design, The New School University & Independent Designer;
Natalia Martinez Sagan, Interdisciplinary artist specialized in Sustainability, member of Fashion Revolution USA;
Rebecca van Bergen, Founder and Executive Director of Nest;
Kate Holzman, Specialist in Sustainable Development Planning;
Nina Dornheim, Fashion Designer specialized in Sustainable & Upcying, Member of Hecho por Nosotros;
Pilar Fernandez, Postdoctoral Researcher at Columbia University Earth Institute, Member of Hecho por Nosotros;
Saioa Amundarain Aranburu, Team Entrepreneur from Mondragon University, Hecho por Nosotros’s Global Project Manager
Details: This event portrays possibilities of the textile industry to advance sustainable development within framework of Agenda 2030 and to create the resilience necessary to respond to the most threatening questions around inequality and poverty of our time.


Title: Connecting Development and Human Rights in the Eradication of Extreme Poverty: Strategies for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
Conference Room: CR D | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers:  Congregations of St. Joseph
Speaker(s): H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Holy See Permanent Observer to the United Nations;
Dorina Pacebo, IPA, Project Coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals in three mountain areas in Negros Occidental, PHILLIPINES;
Rev.Ajaya Kumar Singh, a Catholic Priest, Director of Odisha Regional Forum for Social Action, INDIA;
Sister Teresa Kotturan, UN Representative, Sisters of Charity Federation;
Rev. John S. Rausch, a Glenmary Priest, economist, educator and writer, a strong environmentalist, USA;
Facilitator: Ms Marina El Khoury, UN Representative, Franciscans International;
Sister Justine Gitanjali Senapati, CSJ, UN Representative, Congregations of St. Joseph
Details: Poverty is an urgent human rights concern in itself. It is both a cause and a consequence of human rights violations and an enabling condition for other violations. Not only is extreme poverty characterized by multiple reinforcing violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, but persons living in poverty generally experience regular denials of their dignity and equality.
This side event will showcase success stories from impoverished communities on how their engagement in the SDGs has opened possibilities and hope for their communities, the challenges they experience, and how the governments can tap into their resilience and community resources to build a better society for all. 
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Title: 11th Annual AARP‐UN Briefing Luncheon on Taking a Different Course for a World Free of Poverty
Conference Room: Delegates Dining Room, UN Headquarters | 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Organizers: AARP, UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD)
Details: The 2018 AARP/UN briefing luncheon aims to provide a platform for a diverse set of stakeholders, including Governments, the private sector, civil society, and United Nations entities to undertake a policy dialogue and to enable a better understanding of progress made and challenges faced in eradicating poverty and insecurity in old age, as well as exchange experiences and lessons on new evidence and innovations in poverty eradication efforts targeted at older persons. 
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Title: Leaving No One Behind: A Lens on Practices that Strengthen Inclusivity in Poverty Alleviation
Conference Room: CR D | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers:  DPI NGO Youth Representatives
Speaker(s): Quemuel Arroyo, Policy Analyst for Accessibility and ADA Coordinator at the NYC Department of Transportation;
Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);
Youth Social Entrepreneur;
Dejan Bojanic, Vice President, European Youth Forum;
Mary Fernandez, World Blind Union
Details: To truly alleviate poverty in a sustained manner, more must be done to ensure no one is left behind; special emphasis being placed on providing accessible spaces for marginalized and vulnerable communities to be involved in decision making, creating policies that protect the inherent human dignity of all, and strengthening programmes that work to empower and transform those affected by poverty. The more we invest in communities that lack formalized voices, such as youth, persons with disabilities and other marginalized communities, the more inclusivity we create: thus, shedding light on challenges faced by those often left behind. Because the needs of each community are unique, no panacea exists for poverty alleviation. However, lessons can be derived from various case studies of working with communities affected by poverty, and can be adapted towards empowering marginalized populations to create meaningful change locally.
The panel seeks to highlight the work member states, UN entities, the NGO community, and youth leaders are doing together to empower vulnerable populations to become agents of change in alleviating poverty. Additionally, the panel will, explore how to better engage with member states and UN entities on the issues of poverty alleviation and shed light on the challenges and successes experienced implementing best practices.
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Title: Achieving Poverty Eradication by Sustainable Health, Well-Being and Education
Conference Room: CR 7 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers:  Mission of Sierra Leone to the U.N.
Speaker(s): Speakers from Ambassadors and representatives from government, UN agencies (World Health Organization), civil society (NGOs), and academia;
Moderator: Columbia University Teachers College professor and UN NGO representative Dr. Judy Kuriansky.
Details: This side event focuses on the urgency of awareness and attention to long-term recovery and resilience of communities suffering the after effects of health epidemics that have plagued countries and regions worldwide. The importance of this is highlighted in efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, namely, the intersection of SDG1 to “End Poverty” with SDG3 of “Good Health and Well-being,” including specifically target 3.4 about “promoting mental health and well-being,” as well as SDG4 about “Quality Education,” highlighting the importance of public education, especially respecting cultural factors. The panel serves as an example of SDG17 with regard to multi-stakeholder partnership, in view of the fact that speakers represent various sectors, from Ambassadors and representatives from government, UN agencies (World Health Organization), civil society (NGOs), and academia, moderated by Columbia University Teachers College professor and UN NGO representative Dr. Judy Kuriansky. The deliverables are to call for policies and programmes that address the intersection of SDGs 1, 3 and 4; promote capacity-building and sustainable long-term care in health crises; highlight means of implementation as best practices that can be scaled up and adapted to various contexts; and create multi-stakeholder partnerships to accomplish these goals.


Title: The Role of Family Policies in Eradicating Poverty
Conference Room: CR 12 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: Mission of Hungary to the U.N.
H. E. Ms. Katalin NOVÁK
, Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs, Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary; H.E. Ms. Ana Helena CHACÓN, Vice President of Costa Rica; H.E. Ms. Joanna WRONECKA, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Poland to the UN; Ms. Daniela BAS, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development, UN Department of Social Affairs (DESA); Ignacio SOCÍAS, Director of International Relations, International Federation for Family Development (IFFD); Katalin Kardosné GYURKÓ, Chair, National Association of Large Families (Nagycsaládosok Országos Egyesülete, NOE), Hungary.
Details: Several social groups that are in the focus of the Commission on Social Development – youth, families, ageing persons and persons with disabilities – often face additional challenges when it comes to fighting poverty, having access to decent work, and thus economic empowerment and social development. Women should be given special attention in this regard: paid parental leave and the re-integration of mothers into the labor market, well-designed social benefit systems, and quality, personalised and affordable childcare services, among others, are key not only in ensuring women’s empowerment but also the well-being of the extended family and the new generation. The panel discussion will present and discuss social policies, including family policies and best practices that are designed to alleviate poverty and provide better outcomes for all family members, including balancing work and family commitments, valuing unpaid care and domestic work, increasing the participation of parents in the labor market and providing for more options concerning childcare, elderly care and quality education, among others.


Title: Sport as a Catalyst for Building Resilient and Prosperous Societies
Conference Room: CR 9 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD)
Speaker(s): HOST:
Ms. Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs;
H.E. Ambassador Isabelle Picco, Permanent Representative of Monaco to the UN;
H.E. Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN;
H.E. Ambassador Chull-joo Park, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN;
Mr. Jeffrey Brez, Chief, NGO Relations, Advocacy and Special Events, Outreach Division, Department of Public Information;
Mr. Aldo Cristiano, Head of Global Procurement Raw Materials and Sustainability, Ferrero;
Mr. Stefano Capellini, Project Manager and Communications, Inter Campus;
Mr. Hugh T. Dugan, Founder of the Truce Foundation of the USA;
Mr. Taylor McCarty, Director of Field Operations, Greenfields USA, “Field in a Box”;
Mr. B. J. Schecter, Former Executive Editor of Sports Illustrated Magazine, Director of the Sports Media Program,
Seton Hall University;
Mr. Irakli Khodeli, Programme Specialist for Social and Human
Sciences, UNESCO Jakarta
Details: With its depth, breadth and reach, sport has the unique ability to galvanise action for social inclusion and poverty eradication. Sport and the sport sector can create multidimensional social and economic impact that promotes the well-being of individuals and communities. At the individual and community levels sport and sporting activities provide platforms for psychosocial development, and for improving and maintaining healthy lifestyles. Sport and sporting activities can also promote infrastructural development, community pride and economic benefit. In some cases, stakeholders in the sport sector have drawn on locally available resources to scale up and expand on sport as an enterprise. In this context, public-private partnerships have a key role to play.
This event will explore the critical role of public-private partnerships in effectively tapping the power of sport as a strong driver in building inclusive, accessible and resilient societies, and in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The expected outcome of this event is to strengthen partnerships between the public and private sectors in promoting the role of sport as a catalyst for achieving resilient.


Title: Youth Employment: An Essential Component in the Fight to Eradicate Poverty
Conference Room: CR D | 4:45 – 6:00 PM
Organizers: Salesian Missions, Inc
Speaker(s): Gregg Croteau, Executive Director, UIEC, Lowell, MA;
Cristal Cruz, Good Shepherd Services, New York;
Amber Barth, Senior Programme Officer, International Labour Organization (ILO);
Lyndell Pittman, Director Youth Employment for homeless and at-risk youth, Covenant House;
Details: “Investing today in the employment of young people means investing in the present and future of our societies.” Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General.
Unjust economic, political and social structures perpetuate a growing disadvantage for youth employment and empowerment illustrating that they are truly “left behind”.
This interactive panel will address youth employment as a key factor in achieving the ambitious agenda set forth in the 2030 Agenda. It will explore the present state of youth employment globally, its trends and prospects for the future. Additionally it will highlight debits in the promotion of youth employment and propose concrete plans of action to create opportunities for the young to engage in productive and satisfying work. Effective practices in assisting youth who may have experienced homelessness, gang membership or involvement with the judicial system will also be presented. Finally, speakers will explore ways to include the voices of youth in decision-making and policy processes at all levels.
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Title: Implementing the Prevention Pillar of the UNSC Resolution 2250 (2015) on Youth, Peace and Security: Youth Talent as a Tool for Peace
Conference Room: CR 7 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Organizers: Permanent Mission of Spain to the U.N., Permanent Mission of Colombia to the U.N., Permanent Mission of Mexico to the U.N., Permanent Mission of El Salvador, International Alliance of Youth Cooperation (OIJ)
Speaker(s): Mr. Javier Dorado Soto: Director General of the Spanish Youth Institute;
Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake: UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth;
H.E. Rubén Escalante Hasbún, Permanent Representative of El Salvador;
Mr. Max Trejo Cervantes: Secretary General of the International Youth Organization for Ibero-America (OIJ);
H.E. Carlos Morales: Deputy Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations;
Dra. Berenice Alcalde, Director for Research of the Mexican Institute for Youth;
Mr. Oyewole Simon Oginni: Peace and Security Fellow, AU-EU Youth Plug-in Initiative and Executive Director of the Organization in Africa for World Peace
The objective of this side event is to discuss ways to support the role of youth in conflict prevention as stated in the UNSC Resolution 2250 (2015) and specifically to address how the development of youth talent could contribute to foster more cohesive, safe and peaceful societies around the world.
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Title: Morning Briefing for NGOs
Conference Room: CR D 9:15 – 9:45 AM
Organizers: UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD) , NGO Committee on Social Development

Title: The Age of Ageing: Joint Side Event of KOSTAT and UNFPA on Population Ageing
Conference Room: CR D | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Organizers:  United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), KOSTAT, Statistics of Korea
Speaker(s): Mr. Benoit Kalasa, Director, Technical Division, UNFPA;
H.E. Mr. Doyeon Won, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the UN;
Prof. Asghar Zaidi, University of Southampton and London School of Economics;
H.E. Mr. Akaki Zoidze, Chair, Parliament Committee on Healthcare and Social Issues, Georgia;
H.E. Mr. Juan Carlos Alfonso, Director, Center of Population and Development Studies, National Office of Statistics and Information, Cuba;
Ms. Taťána Gregor Brzobohatá, Miss World 2006, activist and philanthropist, Czech Republic;
Mr. Hyungseog Kim, Senior Adviser, KOSTAT;
Ms. Alanna Armitage, Director, UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia;
Ms. Rachel Snow, Chief, Population and Development Branch, UNFPA
Details: More and more countries are voiced “major concerns” as regards population ageing and the interrelated issue of fertility decline, and have turned to UNFPA, the UN’s population agency for analysis and guidance. In response, UNFPA together with Statistics Korea, KOSTAT, have launched a Programme on Population Ageing, and in October 2017 they have co-hosted the Global Symposium on Ageing. This side-event serves as an opportunity to reflect on some of the key hypothesis and messages that came out of the Global Symposium, as well as related activities and events (more information see the attachments).
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Title: Inequalities in Retirement: Making the Work-to-Retirement Transition
Conference Room: CR D | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers:  Swiss Federal Social Insurance Office (FSIO), International Social Security Association ISSA
Speaker(s): Olivier Zehnder, Deputy Permanent Representative, Mission of Switzerland to the UN;
Simon Brimblecombe, Project Coordinator, International Social Security Association;
Fabio Durán Valverde, Head of the Public Finance, Actuarial and Statistics Unit of the Social Protection Department of the ILO;
Irene Bischofberger, Professor, Zurich University of Applied Sciences;
Roland Grunder, Co‐chair, Swiss Seniors’ Council;
Details: Keywords for the event: Ageing, Employment, Social Protection, Retirement age, Poverty alleviation, Standard of living, Inequalities, Old‐age safety nets, Gainful employment, Independent Work, Informal work, Solutions for employers and others linked to the SDGs


Title: A Systemic Approach to Eliminating Homelessness
Conference Room: CR D | 1:15-2:30 PM
Organizers: Permanent Mission of Ireland to the U.N., Vincentian Family NGOs at the United Nations
Speaker(s): Ambassador Brian Flynn – Deputy Permanent;
Representative of Ireland to the United Nations;
Mark McGreevy, Founder and CEO of DePaul International;
Patrick Lubin, ATD Fourth World Activist;
Fay Washington, Vincentian Family Activist;
Pattie Hughes, Society of St. Vincent De Paul
Details: Homelessness affects an estimated 100 million people globally. UN Habitat indicates that as many as 1.6 billion people lack adequate housing.  The circumstances that lead individuals and families into homelessness are growing globally, even in wealthy societies.  Homelessness is an issue which lies at the intersection of public health, domestic violence, mental illness, urbanization, racial discrimination, housing affordability, infrastructure, natural disaster, and unemployment concerns. In today’s side event, we will hear how homelessness affects those who experienced it and emerged from it, as well as concrete strategies to resolve it through partnerships.


Title: Universal Social Protection: Towards a Partnership for All
Conference Room: Auditorium | 1:15-2:45 PM
Organizers: Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN
Details: Universal social protection is crucial to ending poverty and tackling inequalities to leave no one behind. It aims to provide income security and protect people against the risks they face in the different stages of their lives through social assistance, social insurance and labour market interventions.
Join us in an open forum to discuss the needs and opportunities in realizing universal social protection systems: How can “USP2030” address these needs and generate global momentum for countries to achieve SDG 1.3 (“implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage for the poor and the vulnerable”)?


Title: Social Entrepreneurship for the SDGs through Block-Chain and Crypto-Currency
Conference Room: CR 7 | 1:15-2:30 PM
Organizers: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UNDESA/Division for social Policy & Development (DSPD)


Title: Report on the World Social Situation 2017 – Social Protection
Conference Room: CR E | 1:15-2:30 PM
Organizers: UNDESA/Division for social Policy & Development (DSPD)
Speaker(s): Ms. Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development/UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs;
H.E. Mr. Juan Somavía, Director, Diplomatic Academy of Chile, Former Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Former Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations;
Ms. Marta Roig, Division for Social Policy and Development/UN DESA;
Ms. Maren Jiménez, Division for Social Policy and Development/UN DESA;
Mr. Jonathan Perry, Division for Social Policy and Development/UN DESA
Details: Universal access to social protection is a moral imperative and a potent policy tool to address social exclusion, poverty and inequality. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development underscores the importance of social protection for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Governments have committed to implementing social protection floors and systems for all.
The world is however far from reaching this goal. Access to social protection is uneven and varies widely between countries, groups and individuals depending on their age, gender,
disability or migrant status, race or ethnicity. Gaps in access and insufficient benefits challenge the effectiveness of social protection to reduce inequality and leave no one behind. Understanding the barriers that diverse groups face in accessing social protection is necessary if substantial coverage is to be ensured for all nations, peoples and segments of society.
The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will organize a side event on “Report on the World Social Situation – The role of social protection in leaving no one behind”, to address the challenges and suggestions to achieve social protection for all.


Title: Persons with Disabilities: Realising Equal Rights and Inclusive Development
Conference Room: CR 5 | 1:15-2:30 PM
Organizers: Permanent Mission of China to the U.N., Permanent Mission of European Union
Speaker(s): Ambassador Joanne Adamson, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the European Union Delegation to the United Nations;
Ambassador of the Permanent Representation of China to the United Nations;
Ambassador Georgi Panayotov, Permanent Representative of the Mission of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United Nations;
Ms. Zhang Haidi, Chairwoman of China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), President of Rehabilitation International;
Ms. Zhang Haidi, Chairwoman of China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), President of Rehabilitation International;
Ms. Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development, UN;
Mr. Han Jibin, Director of Department of Rehabilitation, Department of China Disabled Persons’ Federation;
Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
Ms. Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, Senior Policy Advisor, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission;
Ms. Sylvia Quan, Senior Human Rights Advisor, International Disability Alliance
Details:  The event is intended to explore the progress made in realising equal rights and inclusive development of persons with disabilities, as well as the continuing challenges in making these goals and obligations a reality for everyone. With the SDGs, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other instruments in mind, the event will draw on the experience of China, the EU and others in the international community in taking forward these issues, and will in particular consider legislative and policy initiatives; best practices and innovation that can support access, inclusive development and respect for human rights; and international cooperation to advance this agenda, including in the UN context.


Title: MIPAA meets SDG1 – Responses to Old-Age Poverty in the UNECE Region
Conference Room: CR D | 3:00-4:30 PM
Organizers:  UN Economic Commission for Europe
Speaker(s): Erika Winkler (Austria), former Chair of the UNECE Working Group on Ageing;
Vitalija Gaucaite Wittich, Chief, Population Unit, UNECE;
Austria – Philipp Charwath, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations;
France – Pascal Froudière, member of the Bureau of the Working Group on Ageing;
Norway – Aina Strand, Vice-Chair of the UNECE Working Group on Ageing;
Dirk Jarré, President of EURAG, former Civil Society Representative on the UNECE Working Group on Ageing;
Aina Strand (Norway), Vice-Chair of the UNECE Working Group on Ageing
Details: In global comparison older persons in the UNECE region fare quite well, but poverty does affect almost one in ten. In the light of demographic changes, pressures on social protection systems and transformations in the world of work, the risk of poverty might grow for future generations of older persons. The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) provides a framework for addressing this risk.
The side event will provide an overview of old-age poverty in UNECE member countries and its determinants. Inclusive policies reducing the risk of old-age poverty and promoting active ageing will be shared by Austria, France and Norwayand the important role of civil society in addressing old-age poverty in the region will be illustrated.
The UNECE Working Group on Ageing assists countries in the implementation of MIPAA by fostering regional collaboration and exchange of strategies and good practice.


Title: Achieving Peace through Education and Sports
Conference Room: CR D | 4:45 -6:00 PM
Organizers: U.S. Federation for Middle East Peace Inc.


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Title: Morning Briefing for NGOs
Conference Room: CR D | 9:15 – 9:45 AM
Organizers: UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD), NGO Committee on Social Development

Title: Vulnerability and the Future of Families with Children in Europe
Conference Room: CR D | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Organizers:  International Federation for Family Development, UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD)


Title: Rising Generations – A Short Film on Youth and Community
Conference Room: United Nations Church Center 2nd Floor | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers:  Baha’i International Community


Title: Dignity in Older Age – Taking a Rights-Based Approach to Ageing and Older People
Conference Room: CR D | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers:  HelpAge International
Speaker(s): Justin Derbyshire, Chief Executive, HelpAge International (Chair and Moderator);
Shashi Tyagi, older person and Co-Founder of Gravis, India;
Elisha Sibale Mwamkinga, older person and Executive Director, The Good Samaritan Social Service Trust, Tanzania;
Ina Voelcker, Technical Director, ILC Brazil;
Mr. Benoit Kalasa, Director, Technical Division, UNFPA;
Mr. Changsang Cho, Director General, KOSTAT;
Prof. Asghar Zaidi, University of Southampton and London School of Economics
Details: We are all born with the same human rights and we should enjoy them at every stage of our lives. However, we live in a world of negative stereotypes and prejudicial attitudes towards older people and older age. This ageism drives discrimination and the denial of human rights in older age.
This event will create a space for older people to lead the discussion on older people’s rights to health and rights associated with a secure income.


Title: Promotion of Social Protection System
Conference Room: CR 12 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: Permanent Mission of Egypt to the UN


Title: IFFD Briefing 2018: Youth Integration for Sustainable Development
Conference Room: CR 7 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: International Federation for Family Development (IFFD), Mission of Qatar to the U.N.


Title: Ageism: A Prejudice against our Future Selves
Conference Room: CR 5 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD), NGO Committee on Ageing


Title: Innovation in the Service of Employability
Conference Room: CR D | 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Organizers: Mission of Hungary to the U.N.


Title: A Human Dignity and Faith Perspective on the Eradication of Poverty as One of the Main Root Causes of Incarceration in the World
Conference Room: CR 5 |  3:00 – 4:30 PM
Organizers: International Prison Chaplains Association (IPCA)
Speaker(s): Welcome by the Co-Hosts:
Ib Peterson, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations;
Charles Sullivan, President, Citizens for the Return of Errants;
Jean-Didier Mboyo, Vice-President, International Prison Chaplains Association;
Ryan Smith, Director of the UN Office, Presbyterian Church USA;
Bruce Knotts, Director, Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office;
Doug Leonard, UN Representative, World Council of Churches;
New York State:
Brian Fischer, Retired Commissioner, DOCCS (New York State Department of Corrections and Community Service);
Community – Politics:
Chris Burdick, Supervisor, Town of Bedford, NY;
Inside Prison Walls:
Teresa Kellendonk, Prison Chaplain, Vice-President, International Prison Chaplains Association, Canada;
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, President, Buddhist Association of the United States;
Karen Shiel, Board Co-Chair, Rehabilitation Through the Arts;
Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Hour Children;
Leeanna Varga, Director of Programs, Episcopal Charities;
Julio Medina, Executive Director, Exodus Transitional Community;
Ann Jacobs, Director, Prison Reentry Institute, John Jay College of Criminal Justice;
Joanne Page, President and CEO, The Fortune Society;
Rev. Darren Ferguson, National Director of Public Relations, Healing Communities


Title: Income Redistribution through Public Service Provision – From Inequality to Equity
Conference Room: CR D |  4:45 – 6:00 PM
Organizers: Public Services International


Title: NGO CSocD56 Reception for Civil Society
The Church Center of the United Nations (777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd Floor) | 6:00 – 8:00 PM


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Title: Civil Society Forum on “Social Protection, including Floors”
Conference Room: CR 3 | 10:00AM – 1:oo PM, 3:00 – 6:00 PM 
Organizers: UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD), NGO Committee for Social Development
Speaker(s): Mr. Daniel Perell, Chair of the NGO Committee for Social Development;
Ms. Thayvie Sinn, NGO Committee for Social Development, Co-Chair of the Civil Society Forum 2018;
Mr. Nikulás Hannigan, Minister, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Mission of Iceland to the
United Nations, Bureau Chair, 56th Commission for Social Development;
Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations;
H.E Mr. Juan Somavia, Former Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO);
Ms. Winifred Doherty, Main UN NGO Representative, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shephard;
Mr. Yao Shaojun, Counselor, Mission of China to the United Nations;
Ms. Daniela Bas, Director, the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), the Department of
Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations;
Ms. Chirlane McCray, First Lady, City of New York (Invited);
Fr. Ajaya Kumar Singh, Director, Odisha Regional Forum for Social Action;
Ms. Kerry Gibson, President, EcoCentury Technologies
Details: The Civil Society Forum has been planned by the NGO Committee for Social Development in joint sponsorship with UN-DESA Division for Social Policy and Development and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). This Forum has been organized to prepare civil society participants to engage at the 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development as well as in ongoing discussions related to implementation of social protection, including floors, at national and local levels.This space is to create an inclusive dialogue to foster cooperation between Member States, Civil Society and the United Nations, and to unify behind a common vision in furtherance of the Sustainable Development Goals. The aim is for participants to develop concrete recommendations for the Commission, hone their understanding of the relationship between poverty eradication and social protection, see their efforts link with the HLPF focus on the SDGs, and to galvanize and engage meaningfully both with governments in New York and at the grassroots.


Title: MIPAA meets SDG3 – A Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030
Conference Room: CR D | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Organizers: World Health Organization (WHO)
Lisa Ainbinder, UN Programme on Ageing, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
Werner Obermeyer, Deputy Executive Director, WHO Office at the United Nations
Opening Remarks H.E. Dr Toshiya Hoshino, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
Dr Ritu Sadana, Senior Health Advisor, World Health Organization
Minxia Luo, University of Zurich
Dr Cynthia Stuen – Representing International Federation of Ageing
Beth Finkel, State Director, AARP New York – Representing AARP
Details: The World Health Organization is organizing a side event to understand delegates’ and other participants’ views on what a Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030 should achieve. The event will explore synergies between policy instruments – including the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health, and Agenda 2030 – to catalyze meaningful and measurable impact to improve older peoples’ lives.
The discussion will highlight what actions from 2020 to 2030 can be taken to support Healthy Ageing in countries, at different levels and involving multiple stakeholders. Speakers also include representatives from the UN DESA, International Federation of Ageing and AARP.
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Title: Strengthening Institutional Structures for Sustainable Development: Role of Social Protection
Conference Room: CR D | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW)
Speaker(s): Dr. Valerie Schmitt, Deputy Director, ILO Social Protection Department;
Dr. Timo Voipio, EU-SPS project, Finland;
Prof. Lynne Healy, Special Representatives of the IASSW to the UN;
Prof. Sergei Zelenev, ICSW Executive Director;
Prof. Shirley Gatenio Gabel, Fordham University, US;
Ms. Wenyan Yang—Chief, Social Perspective on Development Branch, Division for Social Policy and Development, UN/DESA
Details: A transformative development framework requires substantial changes at the normative and institutional levels, underpinning the common aspiration for a sustainable future. Social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, have been widely recognized not only as a vital tool in the fight against poverty and inequality, but also as an important mechanism for creating synergies among social, economic and environmental dimensions of development.  A holistic framework, social protection grounded in universalism facilitates the quest for most effective enablers of sustainable development, reducing vulnerability, strengthening resilience and promoting empowerment.


Title: Meeting the Specific Needs of Older Persons Facing Poverty – Challenges and Opportunities for Social Policymaking
Conference Room: CR 7 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Speaker(s): Moderator
Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development, UNDESA;
Opening remarks
H.E. Dato’ Sri Muhammaed Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, Permanent Representative of Malaysia on behalf of H.E. Dato’ Sri Rohani Abdul Karim, Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Government of Malaysia and President of the Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO’s MOST Programme;
Nagesh Kumar, Director, Division for Social Development, UNESCAP;
Cecilie Golden, Programme Specialist, UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme;
Fred T. Neto, Director, Social Development Division, UNESCWA;
Vitalija Gaucaite Wittich, Chief, Population Unit, UNECE;
Asgar Zaidi, Professor of International Social Policy, University of Southhampton, UK;
Himanshu Rath, Agewell Foundation;
Shashi Tyagi, Co-Founder, GRAVIS, India
Details: The ESCAP report “Addressing the Challenges of Population Ageing in Asia and the Pacific: Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing” presented at the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on the Third Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, held in Bangkok on 12–14 September 2017, found that with effective policies, population ageing can herald a period of sustained progress. Older persons go beyond constituting a vulnerable group – they must be recognized as the active agents of societal development in order to achieve truly transformative, inclusive and sustainable development.
The side event will discuss findings of regional reviews and the sharing of best practices among stakeholders, for reducing inequalities, vulnerabilities and building resilience, in order to strengthen policies for an inclusive society for all people of all ages. The side event will focus its discussion on: 1) addressing ageing in its multiple dimensions as a key strategy to reduce poverty; and 2) how social science community could effectively contribute to policy making process in this area.


Title: Why are Digital Skills Critical for Older Persons?
Conference Room: CR 12 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Video: https://youtu.be/vkJBgHnj7Ng
Organizers: UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD), Japan Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, Waseda University in Japan and the NGO Committee on Ageing.
Mr. Bradley Schurman, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Opening Remarks:
Ms. Rosemary Lane, Senior Social Affairs Officer, UNDESA DSPD
H.E. Ambassador Toshiya Hoshino, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
Keynote Speaker:
Ms. Masako Wakamiya, an 82‐year‐old retired banker and an application developer
Mr. Obi Toshio, Director, Institute of e‐Government, Waseda University, Japan
Ms. Rosalie Wang, Assistant Professor, Intelligent Assistive Technology, University of Toronto
Ms. Marisa Giorgi, Director of Curriculum Development, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)
Details: The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), which promotes the foundation of a “Society for all Ages”, recognized that technological capacity has presented extraordinary opportunities to empower older persons and to seek the full inclusion and participation of older persons in their societies. Technology can be used to bring persons together and thereby contribute to the reduction of marginalization, loneliness and segregation between the ages. Measures that enable older persons to have access to, take part in and adjust to technological changes should, therefore, be taken.
The 2030 Agenda recognized that the spread of information and communications technology and global interconnectedness has enormous potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and to develop knowledge societies, as does scientific and technological innovation across areas as diverse as medicine and energy. The event will explore why digital skills are vital for older persons to participate in their societies and to better access public and private services.
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Title: Supporting Families Affected by Wars and Conflicts:
Experiences of NGOs in Qatar
Conference Room: CR 11  | 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Organizers: Doha International Family Institute, Mission of Qatar to the U.N., Qatar Red Crescent Society, Qatar Charity, Education Above All
Speaker(s): H.E. Sheikha Alya Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations;
Ms. Noor Al Malki Al-Jehani, Executive Director, Doha International Family Institute (DIFI);
Dr. Mohammad bin Ghanim Al-Ali Al-Maadheed, Chairman, Qatar Red Crescent;
Mr. Mohammad bin Ali Al-Ghamdi, Executive Director, Qatar Charity;
Ms. Salwa Al Mannai, Head of Policy and Research, Education Above All
Details: Evidence shows that the cumulative impact of wars and violent conflict aggravates economies and weakens the ability of the State, local authorities or private sector in providing services and opportunities of livelihood for families and their members. The role of non-governmental organizations is thus critical in providing the necessary support and assistance to families and their members affected by wars and conflicts. The panel discussion seeks to highlight and present the experiences of NGOs in Qatar in providing support to populations affected by wars and conflicts.


Title: Block Chain Technology Implementation for Africa
Conference Room: CR D | 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Organizers: Foundation of International Servant, Leadership Exchange Association (ISEA)
Speaker(s): HRH Henry Keonho Kim, Chairman of ISEA;
HIM Shebah Kasambu ‘Ra III, Chairman of AKF;
ID2020 expert to be invited from UN;
Dr. J.S. Lee, Advisor of ISEA;


Title: Social Protection Floors as Key Tools for Eradicating Poverty: Best Practices and Strategies for the Future
Conference Room: CR D | 4:45 – 6:00 PM
Organizers: International Movement ATD Fourth World
Speaker(s): Régis De Muylder, Project Coordinator, International Movement ATD Fourth World in Haiti;
Isabel Ortiz, Director, Social Protection Department, International Labour Office;
Hanta Fida Cyrille Klein, Counselor, Permanent Mission of Madagascar to the United Nations;
Héctor Cárdenas, Minister of Social Action Secretariat (Ministry of Social Affairs), Government of Paraguay;
Peter Bakvis, Director, International Trade Union Confederation, ITUC/Global Unions, Washington Office
Details: Officially recognized in Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development under the SDG 1, Target 1.3: “Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable,” human rights-based social protection systems, including floors, is a key strategy to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality, and combat social exclusion.
Social Protection Floors (SPFs) are nationally defined basic levels of income security in the form of various social transfers as well as universal, affordable access to essential services such as health care. When welldesigned and adapted to the needs of the people who are furthest behind, social protection floors can help break the vicious cycle of intergenerational poverty.
This side-event brings perspectives from a variety of development stakeholders, including grassroots organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, trade unions, Member States, and international organizations. They will discuss the need to extend social protection coverage to all people — including those left furthest behind — through a rights-based approach that integrates existing international standards with strategies to be developed in the future.
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Title: Substance Abuse in the Sustainable Development Era – Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery as Tools to Eradicate Poverty and Boost Development
Conference Room: CR D | 10:00 – 11:30AM
Organizers: IOGT International
Speaker(s): Werner Obeymeyer/Nata Menabde, WHO Office at the United Nations, New York;
Justin Luke Riley, CEO Young People in Recovery, USA;
David Kalema, CEO Hope and Beyond, Uganda;
Pubudu Sumanasekara, CEO, Alcohol and Drug Information Center, Sri Lanka;
Ignacio Socias, Director of Communications and international relations, International Federation for Family Development;
Robert Pezzolesi, Chair-elect, US Alcohol Policy Alliance;
Kristina Sperkova
Details: Addiction is so pervasive worldwide that it puts a heavy burden on all societies and communities within them. But it hits hardest those people, families and communities who are already marginalized and vulnerable.
With a line-up of extraordinary speakers, this Panel Discussion will provide state-of-the-art knowledge and understanding of the subject matter: • How mental ill-health and substance abuse impact sustainable development • Outline the work of the UN system in response to this health and development priority • Share inspiring stories from affected communities and their work for transformative change • Present concrete best practices to address the problems locally, and finally • Discuss ways forward exploring synergies and effective ways to tackle the problem and contribute to sustainable development.


Title: Promoting a ‘One-UN’ Approach to Indigenous Peoples’ Rights at the Country Level: The Second Phase of the UN Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership”
Conference Room: S-2727 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers:  United Nations Development Programme
Speaker(s): Representatives of Permanent Missions to the UN,;
Ms. Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues;
Grand Chief Dr. Wilton Littlechild, Former Member of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
Ms. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, UNIPP Policy Board Member;
Prof. Angela Riley, UNIPP Co-Chair, Professor of Law and Director of the Native Nations Law and Policy Center at UCLA;
Details: How can a ‘One-UN’ approach to indigenous peoples’ rights be further promoted? What role can the UN Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership (UNIPP) play in this respect? The round table – co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN – will convene representatives of governments, indigenous peoples and the UN system to discuss challenges, opportunities and steps for the way forward.


Title: Rights Based Social Protection: From Rhetoric to Action
Conference Room: CR D | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Speaker(s): Mr. Dawda Samba, Platform for Social Protection, Gambia;
Mr. Oyebisi Oluseyi, Dr. Abiola Tilley-Gyado Society for Family and Social Protection (SFSP), Nigeria;
Ms. Esther Ngambi, Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS), Zambia;
Ms. Rosario Diaz Garavit, Founder of The Millennials Movement;
Dr. Ify Ofong, Worldwide Network Nigeria: Women in Development and Environment;
Mr. Vince Chipatuka, FES
Details: The aim of the project is to widen existing political will and to expand more technical discourses into a comprehensive societal discussion so that governments use the current time slot in favor of broad participation and democratization. The time window is fed from the increased resources through the economic recovery of Africa and the significantly increased willingness of donors to build Social Protection by start-up funding. This motivates African governments to start social programs in partnership with bilateral donors and UN agencies such as ILO and UNICEF, as well as the World Bank, with increase speed. The generally structurally weak civil society organizations that exist in this policy field have few opportunities to influence the policy process in the accelerated implementation.
It is against this background that the side event themed “Rights-Based Social Protection: From Rhetoric to Action” has been organized to promote the discourse around rights-based social protection and lobby and advocate for African developing countries especially in Africa to put social protection on a legal basis.
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Title: Film ‘Seeds of Hope’
Conference Room: CR 8 | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers: Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch (BESH)
Rudolf Bühler, CEO of the Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch Hall and initiator of “SEEDS of HOPE” will be present at the screening.
Details: The film “SEEDS OF HOPE” documents the establishment of cooperation between the Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch Hall (BESH) and her daughter ECOLAND and farmers associations in India, Tanzania and Serbia.
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Title: Ending Poverty is Local: Community-led, Integrated Approaches for Sustainable Development
Conference Room: CR D | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: The Hunger Project


Title: Future of Rohingyas: Voices of Reason
Conference Room: CR 7 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the U.N.
Speaker(s): SPEAKERS
H.E. Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations;
Mr. Bilal Wilson, Senior Policy Expert, Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations;
Mr. Ashraf El Nour, Director, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Office to the United Nations, New York;
Ms. Li Fung, Human Rights Officer Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR);
Mr. Ahmed Ullah, Rohingya refugee, Kitchener, Canada;
Dr. Rashmi Jaipal, Representative to the United Nations, American Psychological Association;Member of the NGO Committee on Migration
The panel will seek to understand the immense complexities of the situation and learn how and under what circumstances, from the perspective of the Bangladesh government, the Rohingya might be repatriated. It will also explore the issues at stake, and, listening to the voices of people most affected by the crisis, put forward some constructive suggestions, future goals, strategies and desirable outcomes for the return of the Rohingya to their country. Special attention will be paid to the role of human rights, dignity, and security in resolving a further deteriorating situation. The purpose is not to recapitulate the history of the Rohingya situation or to affix blame, but to foster understanding.


Title: Poverty, A Threat to Democracy, Human Rights and Climate Change
Conference Room: CR 12 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: DSPD/ Organization for Poverty Alleviation & Development
Speaker(s): Frank Kanu, Director, Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development;
Helena Rojas, Director of Development, Botkyrka Municipality, Sweden;
Dr. Geneviève Defraigne Tardieu, Director of Advocacy, ATD Fourth World;
Permanent Mission of Romania;
Andrew Allimadi, Chief, Civil Society and Outreach Unit, Division for Social Policy and Development 
Details: Empirical evidence suggests that poverty can have an impact on democracy, food security, resilience to climate change, security, human rights.
The overarching goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been clearly defined as poverty eradication. Poverty and inequalities have been identified by many as one of the biggest threats to democracy and human rights. Many people living in poverty are also victims of injustice and do not have access to legal redress. As such, many of them do not have faith in institutions of democracy as they are not benefiting from the status quo. Large and increasing inequalities also weakens confidence in institutions.
There is a false dichotomy between human rights on one side and socio-economic development on the other. However, this dichotomy does not exist when one takes a holistic view of human rights. The panel will draw the link between the two.


Title: Conflict and Poverty: The Case of the Rohingya
Conference Room: CR D | 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Organizers: Poverty Elimination and Community, Education Foundation
Speaker(s): Arjun Jain, UNHCR;
Myra Dahgaypaw, Policy advocate, U.S. Campaign for Burma;
Paul Adem Carroll, Director, New York Office, Burma Task Force USA, together with Khadijah Mehter, Burmese Muslim student and organizer;
Eva Richter, UN NGO Representative, Poverty Elimination and Community Education Foundation; NGO Committee on Migration; 
The Poverty Elimination and Community Education (PEACE) Foundation, the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP), and the Congregation of St. Joseph will present a panel of experts who will seek to understand the situation in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, addressing especially issues of poverty, education, and productive work, and paying attention to the most vulnerable members of society – its women and children — with the goal of overcoming long-standing xenophobia and leaving no one behind.


Title: Social Capital and Social Responsibility: Building Private Sector Trust and Resilient Societies to Eradicate Poverty
Conference Room: CR 8 | 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Organizers: Convention of Independent Financial Advisors (CIFA), UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD)
Speaker(s): Mr. Jean Pierre Diserens, Secretary-General, CIFA;
Ms. Judit Arenas, Deputy Permanent Observer to the UN, International Development Law Organization;
Mr. Stefano Severi, Head of Cocoa, Palm Oil & Environment – Sustainability Department ;
Mr. Kurt Bodewig , Chairman, Baltic Sea Forum;
Mr. Louise Kantrow , Permanent Representative to the UN, International Chamber of Commerce;
UAE Private Sector Representative (TBA);
Mr. Tony Mahabir , Chief Executive Officer, Canfin Financial Group of Companies;
Ms. Deisi Noeli Weber Kusztra, President, World Family Organization;
Mr. Angus Rennie, Senior manager, Partnership and UN Relations, UN Global Impact;
Ms. Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief, UNCTAD, Office of the Secretary;
Mr. Steve Young, Founder, The Caux Round Tables;
Details: The private sector and civil society play an important, complementary role alongside Member States in achieving SDG 1 that aims to eradicate poverty.
Corporations are eager to take on business that ensure corporate social responsibility (CSR), leading to poverty eradication and well-being for all. However, they need to generate the social capital that enables market institutions to successfully implement these goals (i.e. trust, norms of reciprocity, and networks for collective action).
Peace, freedom, cultural diversity, security, and development need to be given concrete reality by the actions of governments, CSOs, private business and committed people in every locality and region of the world. This calls for a new ethic of global responsibility, an ethic of corporate social responsibility that must permeate every level of public and private life. We can only achieve our economic and social goals if all those affected are included in the decision-making process. We all share a collective responsibility for ensuring the prosperity and well-being of those currently alive and all who come after us.


Title: Closing the Protection Gaps for All
Conference Room: CR D | 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Organizers: BJD Reinsurance Consulting
Speaker(s): Mr. Bogdan J. Dumitrescu, Founder & CEO, BJD Reinsurance Consulting, LLC – Ambassador of the International Insurance Society to Europe;
H.E. Mrs. Louise Kantrow, Former Permanent Representative & Observer to the United Nations for the International Chamber of Commerce;
Mr. Mike Morrissey, President & CEO, International Insurance Society (IIS) – Committee Member, Insurance Development Forum (IDF), an IIS initiative supported by the World Bank and The United Nations;
Mr. Thomas Holzeu, Chief Economist, Swiss Re Americas – Shin Research Excellence Award for research on natural catastrophes protection gap;
Mr. Jonathan Mintz, President & CEO, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, Inc;
Mrs. Chloe Demrovsky, President & CEO, Disaster Recovery Institute International;
Mr. Aris Papadopoulos, Founder & Chair, Resilience Action Fund – Chairman of the Committee Board Members, UNISDR-ARISE Private Sector Partnership;
Mrs. Rupalee Ruchismita, Founder & Executive Director, Resilience Design and Research Labs
Details: We’ll discuss one of the biggest challenges facing the insurance industry, the gap between economic losses and insured losses, commonly called the protection gap : uninsured lives, health, goods and properties, assets and activities, for individuals, private and public sector. Financial empowerment, improved recovery and reinforced resiliency will usefully illustrate the framework of the debate when it comes to closing the protection gaps for all. Please join us!


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Title: Eradicating Poverty: Workshop on the Role of Global Citizenship
Conference Room: CR D | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Organizers: Soroptimist International
Speaker(s): Ambassador Park Chull-joo, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations;
Mr. Babatunda Omilola, Head of Development Planning and Inclusive Sustainable Growth Team at UNDP;
Mr. Jonathan Granoff, President of Global Security Institute;
Dr. Joni Carley, Vice Chair Coalition Global Citizenship 2030 Representative of United Religions Initiative
Details: leads to action aimed at the good of all. The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda promises transformation that is both universal and adaptable to country-specific conditions. With people at its core, our leaders resolved to “free the human race from the tyranny of poverty” and to heal and secure our planet. In order to actualize these resolutions it’s necessary to take the bold and transformative steps to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path.
CGC2030’s workshop will focus on ways in which the values of global citizenship are being translated into action for the good of all. The concept of Global Citizenship is an ongoing process of exploration that must be carried out personally and systemically. Workshop participants will engage in dialogue to address systemic concepts and practices that challenge and promote global citizenship values.
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Title: Combating Poverty through Educational Justice, Women Empowerment and Free and Fair Trade
Conference Room: CR D | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers: Diplomatic Council e.V., Luz Maria Foundation
Speaker(s): Qualityminds Team, Diplomatic Council Corporate Member;
Dr. Luz Maria Utrera, Diplomatic Council Partner Organization;
Sascha Zilger, Diplomatic Council Business Ambassador;
Hang Nguyen, Secretary General Diplomatic Council
Details: Educational justice is key for providing equal chances in life, in particular for those in developing countries. Many examples show that education makes a huge difference to poverty and women’s rights.
Often educational justice is equated with educational equality. To achieve the goal of more individualized learning, Qualityminds has created the e-QualityLearning platform designed to support the learning goals of the student by offering suitable content combined with different learning methods.
Domestic violence affects many women and children. The non-profit Luz Maria Foundation raises public awareness on domestic violence of women and children through the distribution of pamphlets and other materials at community events, via social media, and through facilitating programs and seminars. It assist the victims by sponsoring empowerment and self-esteem related programs and directs them to established shelters and other places of protection so they can escape homelessness and poverty.
Freedom fairness are among the most precious values the human race has and yet they are violated all over the world.Yet Restrictions to freedom takes place in the event of a fence being built around a country limiting the freedom of travel for the population. A free and fair trade is vital because a flourishing economy and the well-being of the population leads to more peace and stability and helps reducing crisis and wars.
The event will offer a great opportunities for attendees to share knowledge and best practice in these fields.


Title: Innovative Strategies to Eradicate Poverty for Migrant and Refugee Children
Conference Room:
CR D | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
World Organization for Early Childhood Development (OMEP)
Rima Salah, Chair of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC) and Adjunct Faculty Member at the Child Study Center, Yale University;
Radhika Iyengar, Ph.D. in Economics of Education, Director, Education Sector, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York;
Lucia Ferrone, Ph.D. in Development Economics, researcher at UNICEF Office of Research Innocenti in Florence, Italy;
Mark Kamperhoff, Head of EU division, EU coordination, International Affairs, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Berlin, Germany;
Dizery Salim, Adviser to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Delegation to the United Nations in New York;
Judith Wagner, professor of Child Development and Education at Whittier College in Whittier, California;
UN representative, World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP)
The feature discussions of this event include:
Eradicating Poverty and Building Peace: The Promise of Early Childhood Development (Rima Salah); Using Cognitive Neuroscience Principles to Meet the SDG Literacy Goal (Radhika Iyengar); Is Harry Potter Poor? Why We Need a Multidimensional Approach to Child Poverty (Lucia Ferrone); Expanding Effective ECEC Services for Young Refugee Children (Mark Kamperhoff); Poverty Is Not an Accident: The Global Compact on Migration, and the Role of MS in Reducing Childhood Poverty: Some Considerations (Dizery Salim)


Title:  Poverty Eradication: From Policy to Local Action
Conference Room:
CR 7 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Worldwide Network Nigeria Women in Development and Environment
Mr. Yahaya Hamza, Deputy Director & Head of Sectors, OSSAP- SDGs, Nigeria.
Mr. Vince Chipatuka, Program Manager Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Zambia
Ms. Rosario Diaz Garavito, Executive Director The Millennial Movement, Peru.
Mr. Enemona Adaji, Researcher University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Moderator: Dr. Mrs. Amina Smaila Former Vice- Chair, UN Commission on Social Development
Facilitator: Dr. Ify Ofong, Representative to UN, Worldwide Network Nigeria: Women in Development and Environment
Have we done enough to empower and re-orientate the youths, with a view to engaging them in the war on poverty? Crucial to poverty eradication is a shift from a culture of ignoring the youths in strategies and decision making to a culture of inclusion of the youth perspective and the drive to strengthen the participation of the youth. The youth of any country and community should be a key part of its growth. The side event will present an opportunity for stakeholders to exchange views on these and other relevant issues related to the contributions of targeted financing and public expenditure to poverty eradication. In the context of sharing experiences and best global best practices, success stories and lessons learned from Asia, Africa and Latin America in the war on poverty will be brought into focus at the event.


Title: Strategies for Poverty Eradication: Grassroots Take on SDG Awareness and Implementation
Conference Room:
CR 12 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD), NGO Committee on Social Development
Daniella Bass, (Invited), Director DESA /DSPD;
Dr. Lynne Healy, International Association of Schools of Social Work;
Stories from:
Brazil: Veronica Brand, Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary
India: Helen Saldhana, VIVAT International
Vanuatu: Molly Gerke International Presentation Association
Moderated by Marie D’Amato-Rizzi, Soroptimist International
Details: The 56th Commission on Social Development’s Priority Them “Strategies for poverty eradication”—offers an opportunity to explore the issue of poverty through the lens of affected communities as well as their experience of the most recently reviewed Sustainable Development Goals (1,2,3,5,9,14,17). It enables us to consider the experiences of the grassroots communities in terms of the level of awareness of the SDG that reach their respective areas and how they view the implementation by various actors in relation to their contexts as well what they think are the strategies that would work
The Grassroots Task Force conducted a survey in 2017, of persons form the 44 countries which participated in the Voluntary Review. This side event will present the findings and strategies emerging from the survey as well as stories from the Grassroots about participatory implementation of the SDGS as a means of eradicating poverty.


Title: Peace Journalism and Poverty Reduction: Rethinking Communication Strategies in Emerging Democracies
Conference Room:
CR D | 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Center for Media and Peace Initiative Inc.


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Title: Morning Briefing for NGOs
Conference Room: CR D | 9:15 – 9:45 AM
Organizers: UNDESA/Division for Social Policy & Development (DSPD), NGO Committee on Social Development

Title: Legal Mechanisms to Eradicate Poverty & Achieve Sustainable Development
Conference Room: CR D | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Organizers: International Federation or Women Lawyers (FIDA); The International Federation of Women in Legal Careers (FIFCJ)
Speaker(s): Denise Scotto, Esq., Attorney at Law & International Policy Advisor, FIDA/FIFCJ UN Representative, Overview & Moderator;
Special Guest Speakers:
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights NY Invited;
UN Women Invited;
Grove Harris, UN Representative, Temple of Understanding (TOA);
Winifred Doherty, UN Representative, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd


Title: Social Enterprises for Sustainable Livelihood in Developing Nations
Conference Room: CR D | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: Chia Funkuin Foundation


Title: Humanitarian Action for Older Persons: Fifteen Years after Madrid
Conference Room: CR 7 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Organizers: Center For International Health and Cooperation
Speaker(s): Ann Pawliczko, Research Fellow, Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs, Fordham University;
H.E. Ambassador Rubén Hasbún, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations, on behalf of the Group of Friends of Older Persons;
Rosemary Lane, Focal Point on Ageing, Division for Social Policy and Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs;
H.E. Ambassador Toshiya Hoshino, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations;
Andrew Painter, Senior Policy Advisor (Human Rights/Protection), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees;
Sandra Vines, Director for Resettlement, International Rescue Committee;
Sylvia Beales, Consultant on Ageing and ‘Inclusive Social Development
Concluding Remarks:
Rene Desiderio, PhD, Research Fellow on Urbanization, Displacement and Older Persons, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, Fordham University
Details: Older persons must be included in all aspects of humanitarian planning and response. This side event will discuss the latest experience, data and contributions of older refugees and displaced persons in the context of current crises. The event is intended for Member States, the United Nations community and humanitarian entities.


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