Side Events

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Gendered digital divide: Digitally Empowered Generation Equality in the wake of COVID-19
10:00-12:00 (CET)

Organizers: ITU and UN Women

Short Description: This session focused on sharing recommendations and best practices that will address the root causes of the gendered digital divide. These recommendations and best practices are draw from the ITU and UN Women Digitally Empowered Generation Equality Report, that will be launched at this session.

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Creative mobilization spaces for feminists and women’s rights activists in times of COVID and our Decade of Action
9:00-10:30 (CET)

Organizers: UN Women’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, Women Engage for a Common Future, Future of Equality Team, Women’s Major Group, WRC Armenia, NGO Alga, GirlUp Istanbul, Women's Fund in Georgia, Gender-Centru, Women's Information Centre, We need to talk

Short Description: The objective of the side event was to share the outcomes of the 11 virtual consultations on GEF and feminist response to COVID-19 with 400 activists in the region.

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Education for Sustainable Development as a key driver for youth empowerment for confronting socio-economic impact of Covid-19
12:15-13:45 (CET)

Organizers: UNECE Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development

Short Description: The side event focused on the role of Education for Sustainable Development in empowering youth to participate in mitigating the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, as well as engaging youth in actions for creating more resilient societies in UNECE Region.

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Leave No One Behind – SDGs, migration and refugees in the COVID-19 response
12:15-14:15 (CET)

Organizers: Issue Based Coalition on Large Movement of People, Displacement and Resilience

Short Description: This side event showcased positive practices and lessons learned from innovative partnerships for a resilient response and recovery to COVID-19 inclusive of refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless persons and migrants.

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Sustainable Recovery: Delivering on both Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda
12:15-13:45 (CET)

Organizers: Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN in Geneva, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) , the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Short Description: This side event concretised how sustainable and resilient COVID-19 recovery can build on human rights, human rights principles, and recommendations from human rights mechanisms to guide the pandemic recovery while delivering on the 2030 Agenda.

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Good practices on upholding equality and protecting against discrimination and hate during the Covid-19 crisis
16:00-17:30 (CET)

Organizers: Council of Europe

Short Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected persons from disadvantaged groups in a particular heavy way. Their challenges and measures taken to meet these challenges were discussed.

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Follow-up process after first Voluntary National Reviews in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (in Russian)
9:00-10:30 (CET)

Organizers: Coalition for Sustainable Development of Russia, Forum of women's NGOs of Kyrgyzstan, Gender-Centru and Platform for Gender Equality Moldova, Feminist League - Kazakhstan, International Youth Alliance Bulgaria, Open School of Sustainable Development - Russia

Short Description: The majority of Eastern Europe and Central Asia countries from the post-Soviet block presented their first Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) last year. In order to ensure that progress on the SDGs doesn’t slow down, this side event focused on the follow-up process on SDG implementation.

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Water Dialogues for Results - towards Bonn 2021: Accelerating cross-sectoral SDG 6 implementation
9:00-10:30 (CET)

Organizers: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Short Description: This side event was part of a broad and comprehensive water dialogue organized by the German Government and culminating into a High-Level Meeting on July 1, 2021 in Bonn. The results of the water dialogue will feed into the 2023 UN Conference on the Mid-Term Review of the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” 2018-2028. The side event particularly focused on necessary action to ensure accelerated implementation of water-related Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda from a UNECE perspective.

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Why financing for gender equality matters for efficient COVID-19 recovery: Action Coalitions as a model for ground-breaking actions
12:15-13:45 (CET)

Organizers: Albania, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Short Description: The side event aimed to discuss how financing would prevent reproducing the gender inequalities that predated the pandemic and to advocate for gender-sensitive COVID-19 recovery, planning and investment.

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From Science to Practice: The role of research in tackling Covid-19 and achieving the SDGs
16:00-17:30 (CET)

Organizers: UNRISD, Switzerland, Think Tank Hub, GSPI, SDSN Switzerland, UN SDG Lab

Short Description: Organizations in International Geneva produce a wide range of policy relevant research on how to make progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. How can we ensure that this research is received by policymakers in governments, the private sector and civil society?

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Building back better after COVID-19: the role of innovation and trade
9:00-10:30 (CET)

Organizers: UNECE, Geneva Trade Platform

Short Description: The side event discussed the impact of the pandemic on UNECE countries with economies in transition, focusing on two issues central to sustainable development: promoting innovation and trade for building back better.

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Empowering Women Through Rethinking the Care Economy: A Regional Analysis of Europe and Central Asia
9:00-10:30 (CET)

Organizers: UNECE, UN Women

Short Description: Description: As care work, both paid and unpaid, is mostly done by women, gender inequalities have become more pronounced through the COVID-19 crisis. The side event shared key findings of the regional analysis on empowering women through reducing the unpaid care and investing in care economy supported by national studies.

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Rural women, youth and economic opportunities: cases from Europe and Central Asia to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs
11:00-13:30 (CET)

Organizers: Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russian Federation), FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Short Description: The side event allowed to sharing promising practices and experiences that aimed to improve the status of young women in rural areas through expanding their economic opportunities and providing younger generations with access to health care, education, safe environment and other benefits of development.

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Strengthening Recovery and Accelerating Development through Informed Governments and Societies
12:15-13:45 (CET)

Organizers: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), UN Library, Geneva

Short Description: This session made the case for viewing information, including both access to it and the skills to use it, as a driver of recovery in the short term, and an accelerator towards UN 2030 Agenda success.

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Blessing in Disguise: The COVID-19 pandemic and Sustainable Development in a Regional Integration Association (the Eurasian Economic Union)
12:15-13:45 (CET)

Organizer: Eurasian Economic Commission

Short Description: This side event focused on how supranational regulation can support the efforts of member states from the EAEU region to promote regional economic integration, sustainable and inclusive economic growth for post-COVID 19 economic recovery and to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Discover the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC): A tool to plan, deliver on and monitor sustainable development at local level
9:00-10:30 (CET)

Organizers: France, CEMR – Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Short Description: This side event introduced the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC) to urban stakeholders and to demonstrate its added value in assessing and monitoring integrated sustainable urban projects and strategies, such as the ones implemented during the COVID-19 recovery period.

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Adjusting statistical activities with StaTact to monitor the SDGs for a COVID-19 recovery and acceleration of the 2030 Agenda
9:00-10:30 (CET)

Organizers: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)

Short Description: StaTact developed by UNITAR in close collaboration with UNSD offers a tool rooted in a tactical approach to statistical planning and monitoring the SDGs. The side event offered an opportunity to present the updated version of StaTacT with a new interface to UNECE region.

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Blockchain Technologies for Sustainable and Resilient Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic
16:00-17:00 (CET) Watch in English

Organizers: Israel, Slovenia and Switzerland

Short Description: Blockchain is a rapidly evolving area of information technology with the potential for creating huge benefits in terms of security, reliability and cost efficiency in the exchange of information. This event facilitated a dialogue between experts from Countries in the UNECE Region and the UN on the utilization of Blockchain technologies in fields such as health, supply chains and economic development, among others, in order to accelerate SDG achievement and build back better from the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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Building back better: Unlocking the potential of advanced technologies for circular and sustainable value chains in the garment and footwear sector
12:15-13:45 (CET)

Organizers: UNECE, ITC | Contributors: UNEP, European Commission

Short Description: Join industry insiders, campaigners and policy specialists for a discussion about the role that advanced technologies can play to advance sustainability and circularity in a critical sector for the green transition: the garment and footwear industry.

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Building Back Better: A global to local approach to COVID-19 recovery through the SDGs
12:15-13:45 (CET)

Organizers: UK Government, Bristol City Council

Short Description: A discussion on how city level and national level efforts to deliver the SDGs can contribute to COVID-19 recovery, featuring a panel of leading SDG cities sharing their experience of how SDG localisation can help ensure no one is left behind in recovery planning.

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Aligning the European Recovery and Resilience Plans with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: The role of policy coherence and public service leaders
16:00-17:30 (CET)

Organizers: Romania and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Short Description: The purpose of this side event was to discuss common policy coherence challenges involved in aligning recovery plans from the COVID-19 in the region with the sustainable development goals, including the role of policy coherence in supporting green and digital transitions as well as overall resilience.

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Shaping Resilient Societies Towards a Sustainable Future
12:15-13:45 (CET)

Organizers: Switzerland, University of Geneva and University of Zurich

Short Description: Leading experts addressed the current crisis and discuss how to brace for future shocks. It was analyzed how recovery paths and prepared societies and ecosystems can absorb disruptions in a more sustainable way.

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