Get involved Vol 23, No. 04 - April 2019

Be part of something greater than the sum of its parts

Partnership is more than simple cooperation towards a common goal. Partnership is about building shared values and capitalizing on comparative strengths and sharing risks to achieve goals that would be impossible to accomplish alone. Every year, the ECOSOC Partnership Forum provides an opportunity to interact with the world’s most influential thinkers and actors. The Forum engages high-profile representatives from governments and non-state actors for dynamic discussions on how to define and promote effective partnerships and how partnerships can best advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2019 ECOSOC Partnership Forum, to be held at United Nation Headquarters in New York on 11 April, will focus on the theme “Partnerships driving the inclusive implementation of the SDGs.” It will explore how inclusive national partnership platforms can effectively drive the implementation of the SDGs and address existing gaps.

The Forum will also feature innovative examples of partnerships for the SDGs and discuss how to raise the ambition for UN-associated partnerships to make them more effective, accountable and based on results.

Additionally, UN DESA is coordinating a half-day Expert Group Meeting on 12 April to consider the gaps, challenges and good practices learned specifically in regard to implementing SDG 17, which is specifically about partnerships. The output of this multi-stakeholder meeting will inform discussions at the High-level Political Forum in July.

You too can join the global community of action for the SDGs! If you are already working in partnership for the Goals, register it now on UN DESA’s online platform of multi-stakeholder partnerships and start sharing your experiences and progress with the world. Some examples of partnerships from the platform will be highlighted during the Partnership Forum.

If you are still searching for partners, browse the platform’s more than 4,000 partnerships and voluntary commitments to find a cause that you and your organization can get behind. Register now to connect with a community of over 14,000 users and join a vast, vibrant ecosystem of SDG action. Acting together, we can make the future we want a reality.

Step it up for planet 50/50

Despite progress, inequalities still prevail between women and men. Women are often paid less salary for the same job performed, hold fewer high-ranking positions in the workforce, and are less represented in parliaments around the world. And as girls grow up, they might face the grim reality of becoming child brides, and later, victims of domestic violence. If we want to achieve the global goals, we need to achieve gender equality. A planet 50/50, where boys and girls enjoy equal rights and opportunities in life. And there are many ways to make a difference!

UN Women offer many such ways to step it up for gender equality and women’s empowerment around the globe. To make a difference, join one of their current campaigns or professional networks.

Join a campaign! There are several campaigns that you can lend your support or voice to:

HeForShe – Running since 2014 with support from hundreds of thousands of men from around the world, this global and action-oriented movement invites men and women alike to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality. So far, 1.7 million people have committed to gender equality through this movement. Make your commitment here.

UNiTE to End Violence against Women – Around the globe today, 1 in 5 women and girls aged 15-49, have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner. Yet, 49 countries in the world lack laws to protect them from domestic violence. Take a stand and UNiTE to make sure we prevent and end all forms of violence against women and girls in all corners of the world.

Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality – This campaign strives towards a world where women and girls enjoy equal rights and opportunities. It asks governments to make national commitments to address the challenges that are holding women and girls back from reaching their full potential. So far, 93 countries have stepped it up for gender equality. Is your country among them? Find out here. If not, advocate for your country to step it up and make a commitment!

Join a professional network! Whether you would like to boost women’s economic empowerment, or help advance their representation in politics, there are networks you can join to make this happen:

Empower Women – Is a global movement for women’s economic empowerment. It engages gender equality advocates and empowers women to achieve their full economic potential in more than 190 countries. This network equips both women and men with resources, opportunities and a global platform to become change-makers and leaders in their communities.

iKNOW Politics – This is an online workspace to help elected officials, candidates, political party leaders and members, researchers, students and other practitioners interested in advancing women in politics. Its goal is to increase the participation and effectiveness of women in political life.

Follow events at UN Headquarters in New York this month: International Women’s Day (8 March) and the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (11-22 March). Both events will be streamed live via UN Web TV. To engage via social media, use the hashtags #WomensDay and #CSW63.

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Take action for a more equal world!

From UN DESA’s World Economic Situation and Prospects report to the World Economic Forum in Davos, growing inequalities have been the focus of numerous high-level events and discussions. But as renowned economists and Heads of States battle it out on debate podiums, is there anything that you can do to reduce the inequalities between people?

International fora are attaching increasing attention to inequality, as governments and leaders increasingly realize that inequality is a significant barrier to eradicating poverty, maintaining global economic growth and achieving sustainable development for all. That is why reducing inequalities is a central concept in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, expressed in Sustainable Development Goal 10, but also in the principle of leaving no one behind.

This February, UN Member states and agencies, civil society organization, private sector representatives and experts from all over the world will gather in New York for the UN Commission for Social Development. The Commission will discuss ways of addressing inequalities and improving social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies.

The Commission will examine social protection policies that have proved to be effective at the national level, in a coherent and integrated way.

You too can get involved and have your say to ensure that vulnerable groups are protected and not left behind. On 15 February 2019, the Commission will hold a Civil Society Forum at the UN Headquarters in New York. Non-governmental organizations have long been a powerful voice in the debate on inequalities and this will be their chance to advocate for social protection for all. See how your organization can participate here:

Stand up for inclusion! Join the Civil Society Forum, follow the Commission through the live webcast ( and join the discussion on social media, using #CSocD57.

For more information: 57th Session of the Commission for Social Development 

Are you an SDG changemaker? Share your good practices!

Three years into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, governments, UN entities, civil society organizations and companies around the world are taking unprecedented steps to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and build a better world for all. To achieve the 17 global goals by 2030, we need even more action, faster.

To help stakeholders working toward the SDGs, UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) has launched a call for submissions of good practices, success stories and lessons learned in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Submissions to the SDG Good Practices platform will be analyzed by a dedicated inter-agency team coordinated by UN DESA, and the results will be made available online for easy access and broad dissemination. Where applicable, the submissions can serve as inputs to thematic preparations for the 2019 sessions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

The SDG Good Practices platform seeks to answer the questions:

  • Where do we stand?
  • Are we on track?
  • What are the inspiring breakthroughs and success stories that are showing results and impacts?
  • What are the good practices that can be replicated and scaled up?
  • What are the gaps and constraints and how should we address them?
  • Looking ahead, what steps should we take to accelerate progress?

An event will be organized in the lead-up to the SDG Summit in September 2019 to showcase a selection of the success stories and to present the main findings of the evidence-based stock-taking. We hope that the submission, collection, analysis and dissemination of good practices, success stories and lessons learned will help galvanize the momentum for implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Now, though, we need your input to make this analysis meaningful! Submissions can be made now through 28 February 2019 through DSDG’s web-based portal. All are encouraged to follow the template to the extent possible. Please find more information in all of the six UN languages here. Have a question? Please email

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