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Civil Society Pre-Meeting
8 March (10:00-15:00 CET) and 9 March (12:00-15:00 CET)

Organizer: Regional Civil society Engagement Mechanism

Short Description: The civil society forum served to develop common positions to shape the collective advocacy during the Forum’s official sessions. The pre-meeting was split into three sessions: one orientation for new newcomers, and two strategy planning sessions.

  • Language & Accessibility: Russian/French/ Spanish, International Sign Language Interpretation, real-time captioning
  • If you wish to engage in the civil society activities, please sign up to the RCEM listserve:

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Networking meeting of Youth Representatives
Monday, 8 March (15:00-17:00 CET)

Organizers:UN Issue-based Coalition on Adolescent and Youth (led by UNICEF and UNFPA) and Group of European Youth for Change

Short Description: This networking event aimed to connect youth representatives with active roles in Regional Forum 2021 and to streamline joint advocacy efforts.

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The impact of COVID-19 on SDG implementation in the UNECE region: What role for parliaments?
Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 14:30-16:00 (CET)

Organizers: Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), UNECE

Short Description: Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff had a unique space to discuss common challenges as well as strategies that they could implement to promote a green recovery and contribute to the achievement of the SDGs by 2030. The focus was also on the importance for parliaments to be engaged in the Voluntary National Reviews process to monitor government actions, strengthen national ownership of and build more political support for the SDGs.

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SDG Business Dialogue
Thursday, 11 March 2021, 14:15-15:45 (CET)

Organizers: UN Global Compact, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), UNECE

Short Description: Taking place for the first time at the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region, the SDG Business Dialogue was a unique multi-stakeholder conversation on business action and partnerships to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of the COVID-19 recovery. Participants explored how partnerships, alliances and business innovation can accelerate sustainable development in the region.

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Local governments: The role of SDG Voluntary Local Reviews
Thursday, 11 March 2021, 15:00-16:30 (CET)

Organizers: UNECE, ITU, UN DESA

Short Description: Many cities across the UNECE region have documented their progress towards the SDGs by developing Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs). This pre-meeting to the Regional Forum discussed how VLRs could more effectively support sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and promote sustainable urban development.

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Regional Workshop for 2021 VNR countries from the UNECE region
Monday, 15 March 2021, 14:00-17:00 (CET)

Organizer: UN DESA

Short Description: This workshop was only open to invited government representatives from 2021 VNR countries.