Showing posts from September, 2023

Project Everyone - SDG Summit - Halfway Campaign

 Republished Project Everyone newsletter on the SSDG Summit   Halftime Campaign Our ‘Inches’ film with Al Pacino gave the world a Halftime talk like no other. The video has now reached an audience of over 10 million, with halftime hijacks on Sky Sports in the UK and NBC Sports in the US,  screenings at the Halftime Show at the UN and the Global Citizen Festival. To re-watch the film and find out what you can do to help achieve the Goals in the second half visit The SDG Pavilion The SDG Pavilion, designed by Es Devlin, provided a beacon of hope for the Goals at Halftime in the grounds of the UN. The Pavilion welcomed an extraordinary roster of illustrious speakers, artists, and visionaries for lively debates, talks and performances on some of the most pressing issues we face today. Winning Strategies for Financing the SDGs w

UN High-level Week Highlights

Guest blog by Jeffery Huffines, Senior Advisor for the Coalition for the UN We Need   1)     Civil Society meetings: The UN High-Level Week was preceded by the SDG Action Weekend, convened by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, with a focus on SDG Mobilization Day on 16 September and SDG Acceleration Day on 17 September. Among the highlights of the SDG Mobilization Day was the unveiling of the  Open Letter signed by 53 former Presidents, Heads of Government, and UN leaders calling on current world leaders to build on the outcomes from this year’s SDG Summit and utilize the 2024 UN Summit of the Future to strengthen the United Nations system. The Open Letter was announced during the side event hosted by Coalition for the UN We Need (C4UN), UN Department of Global Communications and partners to discuss ' From the SDG Summit to the Summit of the Future: Building the UN We Need '. Watch the recording that was broadcast on UN WebTV here   (Please begin watching at minu

Guest blog: A Requester’s Saga: Dysfunction at the UNEP Over Handling Access Requests

Guest blog by Toby McIntosh . Toby has reported for several decades on transparency at international institutions and on freedom for information issues world-wide. During a journalistic career in Washington, he covered the White House, Congress and many regulatory agencies. First published here . The UN Environment Programme’s access to information system is dysfunctional. This conclusion is based on personal experience. During 2023, I filed four requests for information, three of them about UNEP’s programs on methane emissions and the fourth about the access process itself. And appealed the denial of one request. The experience has revealed significant problems with UNEP’s access to information system. The designated e-mail address for access requests is not working. Requests for information sent through other channels were not acknowledged on time or handled efficiently. The appeals process may now be operational, but my appeal was in limbo for six months. UNEP has yet to d

Young People's Impact in the UNFCCC Space - Virtual Climate Week Event 23rd September (9am New York time)

 Register here:   Date & Time Sep 23, 2023 09:00 am (New York time) Description: This panel will bring together a group of children and youth who have attended previous UNFCCC (UN Climate) conferences to share their perspectives on lessons learned, milestones achieved, and roadblocks they continue to face.  The workshop will serve as a collaborative space to determine ways forward in enhancing meaningful youth stakeholder participation in the UNFCCC process.