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Featured Event: Microlecture Series in Sustainable Living

The microlecture series is an innovative and interdisciplinary open access program that gives participants the opportunity to learn from six of York’s world-renowned academic experts on a diverse range of topics related to sustainability.

Become a Sustainable Living Ambassador with York University’s Microlecture Series in Sustainable Living:

  • Learn from York’s world-renowned academic experts 
  • Watch all six videos, correctly answer each test question 
  • Commit to making positive sustainability-focused changes in your daily life 
  • Earn a first-of-its-kind Digital Badge in Sustainable Living to share on social media

Microlecture Series in Sustainable Living (yorku.ca)

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2023 SDG Summit: Transformative and Accelerated Actions for Sustainable Development Goals, September 18-19, 2023

Organized by the United Nations, the 2023 SDG Summit is a high-level meeting bringing together global leaders to review the progress of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Taking place during the United Nations General Assembly high-level week, the summit serves as a platform to address world crises and provide guidance on achieving the SDGs by 2030.

This event is significant for the ongoing implementation of all 17 SDGs, focusing on monitoring progress and identifying challenges, solutions, and actions for the road to 2030.

Join leaders from various sectors in dialogues and actions that can accelerate SDGs' progress.

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11th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development - 18-20 September 2023

The 11th International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) is set to be a hybrid event, offering a platform for diverse stakeholders from academia, civil society, UN agencies, governments, and the private sector. The aim is to discuss and identify practical solutions that advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Coinciding with the SDG Summit, this year's theme, "The Midpoint of the SDGs: Global and Local Progress & Challenges," delves into the current progress, challenges, and the roadmap to achieve the SDGs in the upcoming seven years. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) organized the conference in collaboration with the Global Master’s in Development Practice (MDP).

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Joint Webinar "The Implementation of the SDGs in Higher Education" - Monday, 18 September 2023

Amidst the Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ongoing global challenges, the role of higher education institutions in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is paramount. The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNESCO-IESALC) are collaborating to enhance the engagement of these institutions in SDG implementation.

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International Day of Peace - 21 September 2023

The International Day of Peace (IDP), observed globally on 21 September, is a UN General Assembly initiative promoting 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. The 2023 theme, "Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals," underscores our collective responsibility to foster peace, directly supporting realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Coinciding with the SDG summit (18 – 19 September), this year's IDP also celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on Genocide Prevention, emphasizing the pivotal role of youth in achieving these global objectives.

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Yale Hixon Center Conference: Urban Forests - Solutions for a Changing Climate, September 15th

The 10th annual Hixon Center Urban Conference, in collaboration with key environmental organizations, will focus on the vital role of urban trees in mitigating climate change and addressing environmental injustices. With increasing warnings of extreme urban heat waves, the conference will explore urgent urban forestry needs, especially in Environmental Justice communities. Highlighting the latest research and innovations, the event aims to capitalize on the historic funding the Biden Administration's Inflation Reduction Act provides to expand urban forestry practices and programs.

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4th International Conference: "A Multi-centric World in the Making?" November 13-14, 2023

This international conference, organized by the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of the Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean (ILABSEM) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, seeks to examine various themes, including the impact of the Ukraine war, the future of the dollar as a global reserve currency, the Chinese-Russian relations, and the crisis of capitalist globalization.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs.

Abstracts up to 300 words should be sent to gzarotia@econ.auth.gr and thtzimas@polsci.auth.gr by August 15th under the title: “Submission for the Thessaloniki Conference,” accompanied by a one-page CV.

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Bringing the STEM curriculum to life: Learning for a sustainable world - 30th October 2023 – 29th February 2024

Developed by Learning for Sustainability Scotland, this professional learning programme is a part of Education Scotland’s STEM professional learning initiative for 2023-24. Embark on an interactive online journey to seamlessly integrate Learning for Sustainability (LfS) into your STEM curriculum. This course offers real-life, transformative insights into the world's significant issues.

Targeted at senior leadership teams, teachers, and early years practitioners from specific regions, the course promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and networking.

Read more and book your FREE place here.

Go Global SDGs in Action Student Challenge 2023-2024

The Go Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Action Student Challenge empowers York University students and their peers around the world to take action towards the achievement of SDGs with a global lens.

Create local-global impact! Develop your intellectual communication, digital fluency, and project
management skills plus earn up to $8000 to study, research, and work in impacted communities.

Call for Student Participation

Call for Faculty Mentors

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World Sustainability Hybrid Conference 2023 - November 1st

Organized by The Green Institute in collaboration with the HeTa Food Research Centre of Excellence, University of Birmingham, the 2023 World Sustainability Conference is themed "Harnessing the Intersection of Food, Water, and Energy for a Sustainable Future." This annual event gathers experts to address sustainability challenges in the 21st century. The hybrid conference will take place at the University of Birmingham and virtually. Topics for submission span across education, environment, equity, energy, and economics, focusing on sustainable practices, innovative approaches, and equitable systems in food, water, and energy sectors.

Submit your abstract here.

10th International Energy and Sustainability Conference (IESC 2023) - November 9th and 10th, 2023 

SDSN Caribbean's host institution, the University of the West Indies, in collaboration with Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College, presents the 10th International Energy and Sustainability Conference (IESC). This year's theme is "Building a Resilient and Sustainable Caribbean." IESC welcomes transportation, food and water security abstracts, and more. Interested participants can send a 300-word abstract to isd.comms@uwi.edu by September 14, 2023. 

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CLIMAREST Replication Site Application Open Call: Coastal Restoration from the North to the South

The CLIMAREST project calls for associated regions to join in coastal restoration efforts across the EU's coastline. The initiative aims to restore marine and coastal ecosystems, focusing on five vulnerable habitats, including seagrass meadows and oyster reefs. Five regions will be selected to participate in the demonstration period (2024-2025), showcasing innovative solutions for ecosystem restoration and climate resilience. The project aligns with global efforts such as the UN's "Decade on Ecosystem Restoration" and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The application will close on September 18, 2023.

Find out more here! 

Guide for Applicants! 

Forestry: Call for Proposals 2023 by Velux Stiftung - Innovative, Sustainable, and Integrative Forest Management

Velux Stiftung has announced a call for proposals focusing on innovative, sustainable, and integrative forest management. The initiative seeks to integrate climate change and biodiversity into the future of forest management. Proposals are invited for developing or integrating solutions that adapt to or mitigate climate change, promote biodiversity, provide resilient ecosystem services, and supply sustainable forest products. The call also encourages proposals that incentivize action and behavioural change, transforming the values of forest products and services. Support for implementation-oriented research projects with stakeholder engagement or science practice networks contributing to the program's goals is available. Projects may last 1 to 4 years, with funding up to CHF 100,000 per year and at least 10% for knowledge transfer. Multi-partner projects are welcome. The proposal deadline is September 23, 2023, with a final decision expected in March 2024.

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Call for Proposals 2023 (PDF) 

Alternative Protein Research Grants by GFI - Funding Opportunities for 2023

The Good Food Institute (GFI) has announced its Research Grant Program for 2023, focusing on open-access alternative protein research. This initiative aims to protect the environment, feed the world, and revitalize economies through a sustainable and just food system. GFI's philanthropy-driven research program seeks to answer fundamental questions that can inspire new industries and opportunities in alternative protein development. The 2023 Request for Proposals (RFP) includes funding for up to 24 months, with amounts up to 250,000 USD. Additional funding of up to 100,000 USD is available for projects partnering with researchers or industry stakeholders not previously engaged in alternative protein research. GFI also maintains an actively updated research funding database to provide relevant funding opportunities for alternative protein researchers globally.

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Conservation Leadership Program's Future Conservationist Awards

Are you an early-career conservation professional from a developing country? The Conservation Leadership Program (CLP) is offering Future Conservationist Awards worth up to USD 15,000 each to individuals like you who are less than five years into their professional conservation career and show leadership potential. A partnership initiative between BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International, and the Wildlife Conservation Society, CLP aims to build the leadership capabilities of professionals working in places where there is limited capacity to address high-priority conservation issues. The ultimate goal is to mitigate threats to biological diversity. The deadline for applications is October 10, 2023. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to make a difference in conservation and towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)! 

Learn more about the award here.

Partnership Development Grants (Canada) 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) invites applicants and their partner organizations who wish to propose formal disciplinary, interdisciplinary, interinstitutional, international and/or cross-sector partnership arrangements to apply for support through this funding opportunity. Funding information: Partnership Development Grants are valued at $75,000 to $200,000 over one to three years. Deadline: November 15, 2023. 

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Open Rivers Programme: Grant Types

The Open Rivers Programme offers a variety of grants to support projects that align with their mission. The grants are designed to support initiatives that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The program is committed to respecting your privacy and complying with any applicable law and regulation regarding any personal information they may collect about you.

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Global Business Forum Emphasizes Private Sector's Role in SDGs 

The 2023 SDG Global Business Forum, co-organized by the UN Global Compact, DESA, IOE, and WBCSD, convened global leaders to discuss the private sector's pivotal role in achieving the SDGs. The forum emphasized the importance of businesses in addressing climate change, promoting sustainable development, and fostering innovation. UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the need for businesses to adopt sustainable practices and contribute to climate action. The event underscored the significance of partnerships between businesses, governments, and other stakeholders in realizing the SDGs.

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ECOSOC's New Annual Cycle: Priorities Defined for 2024

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) embarks on its new annual cycle, with President Paula Narvaez setting forth eight pivotal priorities. These encompass leveraging ECOSOC's policy guidance amidst global crises, intensifying focus on food crises, climate action, gender equality, and more. These directives resonate with SDGs 1, 2, 13, 16, and 17, emphasizing a holistic approach to sustainable development.

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Data.org AI Challenge: An Opportunity to Drive Social Impact

Data.org presents an exciting AI Challenge, inviting participants to develop AI and data science solutions for social impact. This challenge is an excellent opportunity for those interested in leveraging technology to address critical social issues and contribute to the SDGs.

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Smarter Climate Farmers Challenge: Innovating for Sustainable Agriculture

The World Economic Forum's Uplink platform hosts the Smarter Climate Farmers Challenge. This initiative seeks innovative solutions to help farmers adapt to climate change, an essential aspect of SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 2 (Zero Hunger).

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CFH Foundation Grants: Supporting Health and Human Services Initiatives

The CFH Foundation offers grants to support health and human services initiatives. Their two-phase application system includes a concept application and invites full proposals. This could be a great opportunity for projects aligned with SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being).

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Launch of the 3rd Edition of the Global Commons Stewardship Index

Make way for the newest edition of the Global Commons Stewardship Index! A collaborative effort by the Center for Global Commons, SDSN, and Yale University, this comprehensive index unravels how countries impact our shared global environment. From climate systems to land biosphere and oceans, the report provides an eye-opener for the urgent actions needed to mitigate risks. Note: This index reveals a startling fact - not a single country has managed high levels of human development without adversely impacting the environment. What better way to grasp the gravity of environmental preservation in relation to SDGs?

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Event Explores How SDG Localization Can Get 2030 Agenda Back on Track

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) convened a panel discussion on the role of local SDG action in getting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development back on track. The event, held on the margins of the 2023 session of the UN Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), emphasized the importance of local governments as critical agents of change. The discussion also highlighted the potential of Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) in tracking progress at the community level.

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Summit Explores AI’s Potential to Advance SDGs

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and partners held a summit to discuss the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in advancing global development priorities such as health, climate, gender, inclusive prosperity, and sustainable infrastructure. The AI for Good Global Summit aimed to identify practical AI applications that can support the SDGs and scale those solutions for global impact. The event highlighted both the transformative potential of AI and the need for safeguards to prevent misuse. The summit also featured a 'Robotics for Good' exhibition showcasing over 50 robots designed to support various aspects of human life and contribute to the SDGs.

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May 8 Teach In Day: The Right Balance: Teaching and Learning the SDGs Through Collaboration and Connection

In collaboration with the Teaching Commons and in advance of this year’s 11th annual Teaching in Focus conference, the SDGs-in-the-Classroom Community of Practice is delighted to offer our second UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Teach-in Day.

Whether you are just beginning to explore how the United Nations' 17 SDGs might intersect with the subjects you touch upon in your classroom, or you have extensive research and teaching experience with these goals, we welcome you to join us for an online half-day of panel discussions, interactive sessions, and experiential learning about teaching, learning, connecting, and collaborating with the SDGs.

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Welcome to Congress at York May 27-June 2

York University is hosting the 2023 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, in partnership with the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Congress is the largest academic gathering in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. The event in 2023 will be the 92nd annual edition, bringing together 67 academic associations from humanities and social sciences disciplines, including literature, history, theatre, film studies, education, music, sociology, geography, social work and more.

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Together|Ensemble Conference June 7-9, 2023

Together|Ensemble is Canada’s national conference devoted to tracking progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The conference represents an all-of-society approach to addressing Canada’s toughest sustainable development challenges, bringing together the private sector, academia, government, and civil society.

This year marks the half-way point of the SDGs mandate to 2030. Unfortunately, no country in the world is on track to achieve them completely, with Canada ranking 29th in the world on SDGs implementation. The 2023 conference theme will focus on how we can accelerate Canada’s SDGs progress and what needs to be done differently to achieve them.

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Together Ensemble 2023: Accelerating Learning and Teaching on the SDGs - June 9, 2023

Together Ensemble 2023: Accelerating Learning and Teaching on the SDGs is Canada's national panel discussion devoted to accelerating progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 4 (Quality Education). The panel represents a whole-of-society approach to addressing Canada’s sustainable development challenges in the field of education, bringing together leaders from Partners for Action, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO), the EdCan Network, The Starfish Canada, and the University of Cambridge.

Now at the halfway point to 2030, the deadline for the SDGs, the panel discussion is set to explore the role of SDGs in teaching and learning across Canada, showcase strategies to accelerate progress on SDG 4, and assess the state of education in the country. The discussion aims to address what goal is on track, where efforts are needed, what challenges or gaps persist, and what needs to be done differently.

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ANGEL's Biennial International Conference 2023, June 19, 2023

Join the Academic Network on Global Education & Learning (ANGEL) for its fourth biennial conference in Paris. Held in partnership with UNESCO, this internationally-focused gathering invites academics, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to share and discuss developments in Global Education & Learning, Education for Sustainability, and Global Citizenship.

The conference plays a vital role in forwarding the understanding and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through education. Its aim is to encourage connections among participants while exploring the new Declaration on Global Education to 2050, showcasing UNESCO's work, and facilitating collaboration between researchers and Civil Society Organisations.

Join this event to contribute to the goal of achieving a just, peaceful, and sustainable world through education.

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The United Nations High-Level Political Forum and SDG Localization, June 27, 2023

The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is a yearly event hosted by the United Nations to evaluate global progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This event features a riveting conversation with Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Elena Pierce, and others to explore the role of SDG localization in global discussions at the HLPF. Attendees will learn about Canada's commitments to the SDGs, opportunities for communities to share their progress at the United Nations, and the impact of SDG localization on advancing the SDG mandate worldwide.

The forum reinforces the importance of achieving the SDGs, focusing on their localization. The conversation will center around the pivotal role that local communities and cities play in SDG achievement and the opportunities for global engagement. The insights gained from this event can shape policies and practices related to SDGs at all levels, ensuring a holistic and collaborative approach toward sustainable development.

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Launch of 'Towards an SDG Youth Index' report, July 3, 2023

SDSN Youth AusNZPac is launching a groundbreaking new report, "Towards an AusNZPac Youth SDG Index." This unique, youth-led project uses the SDGs to measure youth progress toward sustainable development. The event will interest youth leaders, policymakers, data experts, SDG advocates, and more. Attendees will participate in a 'Talanoa' discussion with distinguished guests about the findings and implications of the report, including comparisons of youth sustainable development progress in different regions, benefits and challenges of using the SDGs to measure this progress, and advice for those interested in similar initiatives.

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Building Momentum Towards the SDG Summit and Beyond, July 6, 2023

Organized by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), this webinar brings together government, civil society, and academia experts to discuss the expectations for this year's High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) at the United Nations. It is a valuable opportunity for attendees to gain insights into the successes and challenges faced by different countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The webinar will also feature a review of two key reports that will inform the SDG Summit: the Global Sustainable Development Report 2023 and the report by the High-Level Advisory Board on Effective and Inclusive Global Governance. This promises to provide a crucial understanding of the issues at hand as we move toward the 2023 SDG Summit and the 2024 Summit of the Future.

This event is a significant opportunity to understand better the global momentum towards achieving the SDGs and the role of various stakeholders in this process.

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2023 SDGs Learning, Training and Practice, July 7-14, 2023

The 2023 SDGs Learning, Training, and Practice, an initiative of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA/DSDG) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), is designed to facilitate comprehensive discussions on recovery measures from COVID-19 and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This international event engages experts from various sectors to delve into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were most impacted by the pandemic, specifically SDGs 6, 7, 9, 11, and 17, thereby addressing global sustainable development challenges.

The aftermath of COVID-19 has further complicated the quest to achieve the SDGs by 2030, and the reality remains that no country has fully realized these goals. Hence, the 2023 event's theme is focused on uncovering alternative strategies to accomplish these goals while promoting global cooperation to expedite recovery from the far-reaching impacts of the pandemic.

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High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, July 10-20, 2023

The United Nations is hosting the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the central platform for global follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This important event takes place annually and includes a three-day ministerial segment, meeting every four years at the Heads of State and Government levels.

The 2023 Forum will focus on a comprehensive review and strategizing for all 17 SDGs. Delegates and representatives from various Economic and Social Councils will participate in this high-level event, providing insights and discussions towards global sustainable development.

Participate in this crucial event to contribute, learn, and collaborate on the journey towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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Data-Driven Voluntary National and Local Reviews for the SDGs, July 11, 2023

This high-level virtual event, hosted by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the SDGs Today team, invites United Nations Member States to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) and Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs). These reviews highlight the progress, challenges, and lessons learned while reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the national and sub-national levels.

Additionally, the SDSN's SDGs Today team and Esri will introduce the ArcGIS StoryMap template, a tool developed to facilitate the creation of digital, interactive presentations of a VNR or VLR. This event will also showcase innovative data approaches and tools to drive informed SDG policy-making.

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World Population Day, July 11, 2Developing Systemic Solutions for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation through Multi-Stakeholder Approaches, July 17, 2023023

World Population Day is an annual event celebrated to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. Established by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in 1989, the day aims to enhance awareness of population issues, including their environmental and development relations. It is observed worldwide and was first marked on 11 July 1990 in more than 90 countries.

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Developing Systemic Solutions for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation through Multi-Stakeholder Approaches, July 17, 2023

SDSN is organizing an online webinar alongside the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. The webinar aims to discuss how multi-stakeholder alliances can help boost systemic transformations that ensure the long-term resilience of cities and communities. It will explore how collaboration between scientists, local authorities, communities, and other stakeholders can contribute to creating long-term systemic change for climate adaptation and mitigation, resilience to disasters and disaster risk management. Speakers include Chrysi Laspidou from the ARSINOE_EU project, Stefania Munaretto and Lisa Andrews from the Climate Impetus project, Óscar Bernárdez Pérez from the TransformAr project, Julio Lumbreras from the CitiES2030 project, Mariana Mirabile, Policy Analyst at the Environment Directorate, OECD, and Professor Dr. Phoebe Koundouri, University Professor at Athens University of Economics and Business.

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The International Green Gown Awards Ceremony, July 17, 2023

The International Green Gown Awards Ceremony, associated with Allianz Global Investors, will be held virtually at the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The ceremony celebrates the finalists and winners of 2023, recognizing exceptional sustainability initiatives from around the world. The event is free to attend, but donations are encouraged to support the continuation of the awards.

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The 2023 ASEAN Workshop on Sustainable Development, July 21-22, 2023

The 2023 ASEAN Workshop on Sustainable Development, scheduled to be held at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, will serve as a platform to resume the strengthening of the ASEAN regional partnership in sustainable development. This process was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The workshop, with a comprehensive program designed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, President of SDSN, aims to empower participants with strategies to accelerate progress on the SDGs and climate actions.

This event will also provide an opportunity to update and affirm national strategies for the SDGs ahead of the 2023 SDG Summit and the 2024 Summit for the Future. Participants can attend in person or watch the event on the SDSN YouTube channel.

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High-Level Political Forum 2023 Debrief, July 25, 2023

Organized by The SDG LabCepei, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), this public webinar provides a critical snapshot of the proceedings at the 2023 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The forum offers a comprehensive discussion on the linkage of these proceedings to the upcoming SDG Summit in September and the 2024 Summit of the Future.

This event features expert panellists Lynn Wagner, Javier Surasky, and Marianne Beisheim, who will provide insights on how the HLPF unfolded, the challenges identified, and emerging themes for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation. They will also discuss the future direction of the 2030 Agenda.

Join in this opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of the discussions and outcomes of the HLPF 2023 and what it means for the global advancement of the SDGs.

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First Regional Consultations on Nature-based Solutions (Asia-Pacific), July 25-26

The First Regional Consultations on Nature-based Solutions will focus on compiling best practices, proposals, criteria, standards, and guidelines for Nature-based Solutions (NbS), with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. The consultations will also discuss options for supporting sustainable investment in NbS and regional perspectives on implementing of NbS. UNEP hosts the event and is part of a series of consultations following the UN Environment Assembly resolution on ‘Nature-based solutions for supporting sustainable development.’

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Photo:UN Composition with photographs by PAHO (left), Martine Perret (center) and UNICEF Ecuador-Arcos (right)

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, August 9, 2023

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is celebrated annually on 9 August to honour Indigenous Peoples and their knowledge. The theme for 2023 is ‘Indigenous Youth as Agents of Change for Self-determination.’ The day was established by the UN General Assembly in resolution 49/214 and marked the anniversary of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982.

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Seventh Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly, August 22-24, 2023

The Seventh Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly gathers ministers, environmentalists, government officials, business leaders, GEF Agencies, environmental conventions, civil society representatives, and Indigenous Peoples. Co-hosted by GEF and the Government of Canada, the event will focus on governance, financing solutions for global environmental challenges, and building new partnerships. The Assembly will include high-level roundtables, a civil society organizations (CSO) forum, side events, and visits to environmental activities near Vancouver.

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Public Lecture on March 7, 2023: Educating for Tomorrow's Unknowns: Sustainability Front and Centre

How can we understand global issues? How can we learn to live happily, sustainably, and ethically without the feeling of only cutting back? What does this exactly mean for educators, parents, and students?

Join Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair, for a public lecture on March 7, 2023 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm (EST) on the potential of educating for a sustainable future for young people to become global citizens in this complicated world.

SDG Week in Canada

SDG Week Canada is a national collaboration from March 6-10, 2023 featuring workshops, panels, and other interactive programming to increase awareness of and engagement with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on university and college campuses. Brought to you by the Sustainability Hub at UBC, SDSN Canada hosted by the University of Waterloo, and Colleges and Institutes Canada.

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Go Global SDGs in Action Student Challenge

On Wednesday, March 1, 2023 from 9 - 11am EST (Zoom Webinar) join the Go Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Action Student Challenge. The event empowers YU students and their peers around the world to take action towards the achievement of SDGs with a global lens.

Through facilitated discussions, workshops, and immersive abroad opportunities, York students develop global competencies, leadership, digital fluency, and project management skills necessary to take action on SDGs. 

SDG Workshop Series for Winter 2023

The Sustainable Development Goals in Teaching and Learning (Online Workshop Series, Winter 2023) 

How are the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflected in our classrooms? Whether you teach in engineering or sociology, kinesiology or literature, join us this semester for a series of online workshops exploring how we might speak to the SDGs through our curricula, teaching practices, course design, and assessments. This workshop series is co-developed by the Teaching Commons and the “SDGs-in-the-Classroom” Curricular Innovation Hub.  

National Indigenous History Month honours histories, cultures, contributions

June is National Indigenous History Month. It is a time to honour Indigenous histories, cultures and contributions to society.

York University is taking essential steps to integrate Indigenous knowledge and perspectives as part of our well-being strategy and commitment to decolonization.

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Call for Proposals: Environmental Damages Fund (Canada) 

The Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) now accepts proposals for projects focused on environmental restoration and wildlife conservation. With a priority on restoration, environmental quality improvement, research and development, and education and awareness, the EDF offers a unique opportunity to make a cost-effective impact on our natural environment.

Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, universities and academic institutions, Indigenous organizations, as well as provincial, territorial, and municipal governments. The deadline for proposals is July 26, 2023.

Read the full Call for Proposals.

Water Security and Climate Change Conference 2023: Call for Abstracts

The Water Security and Climate Change (WSCC) 2023 conference planning committee calls for abstracts for oral presentations and scientific posters in line with the conference themes. This is a perfect opportunity for projects related to water security, climate change, and various Sustainable Development Goals.

Submit your abstracts between June 1, 2023, and July 31, 2023.

Please note: WSCC 2023 is an in-person conference taking place in Ecuador. Online participation for presenters is not available.

Check out the Call for Abstracts for more details.

Learn more about WSCC 2023 here!

New Master’s Pathway in Foundations of Sustainable Development Now Available

The SDG Academy and University College Dublin (UCD) are thrilled to launch the new Master’s Pathway in Foundations of Sustainable Development. This innovative program provides a flexible and accredited pathway to further education in the field of sustainable development. Learners start with the SDG Academy’s Master’s Pathway Professional Certificate on edX, then, upon acceptance, can apply to UCD’s online Professional Diploma in Foundations of Sustainable Development. Successful completion of the Diploma permits continuation into UCD’s online Master’s of Science (MSc.) in Sustainable Development. The SDG Academy edX Professional Certificate will be available starting July 1, 2023, while the UCD Professional Diploma is currently accepting applications for the September 2023 intake.

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American Geophysical Union Fall 2023 Meeting: Call for Abstracts

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is calling for abstracts for their fall 2023 meeting under the theme "Wide. Open. Science." Participants are invited to submit abstracts for the session "IN025: Everyone, Everything, Everywhere: Spatial Data for Sustainable Development and Environmental Justice Applications". This could be an excellent opportunity for projects aligned with various Sustainable Development Goals.

Submit your abstracts by August 2, 2023.

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Free Online Course: The Paris Agreement on Climate Change as a Development Agenda

The joint UNSSC-UNFCCC is now offering an online course titled "The Paris Agreement on Climate Change as a Development Agenda". This 6-week course is designed to help participants understand the synergies and interdependencies between Sustainable Development and Climate Action. Enrollees will have access to self-paced modules and weekly webinars with UN experts, providing an immersive and interactive learning experience. Registration for the 2023 edition of the course is now open.

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2023 Global Corporate Sustainability Awards (GCSA) Open for Entries

The Global Corporate Sustainability Awards (GCSA) is now accepting entries for its 2023 awards. Recognizing companies' dedication to sustainable development, the GCSA awards Outstanding Professional, Sustainability Reporting, and Best Practice awards. This is a fantastic opportunity for organizations and individuals to achieve global recognition for their contributions to sustainable development. Registration closes on August 17th, 2023.

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Fellowship Opportunity in Barcelona | Science Diplomacy and Communications

Are you passionate about Science, Tech & International Relations? Here's your chance to join a unique Science Diplomacy Fellowship program in the heart of beautiful Barcelona. This is a perfect opportunity for those eager to contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an innovative and interdisciplinary setting. Don't miss out on this unique chance. Applications are still open!

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Allianz Climate Risk Award

Applications are now open for the Allianz Climate Risk Award, a competition recognizing early-career scientists whose research focuses on climate change and extreme weather events. If you are a PhD candidate or Post-Doctoral researcher working to reduce the risk of extreme weather events or fostering resilience by applying technological solutions, you can apply by August 31, 2023. Finalists will be invited to Munich, Germany, to present their research and will receive funding to support their work

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CLIFF-GRADS Fellowship Program Open for Applications

Attention early-career scientists from developing countries! The Climate, Food, and Farming Global Research Alliance Development Scholarships (CLIFF-GRADS) Programme is calling for applications. This unique program is a joint initiative by the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) and Mitigate Plus. CLIFF-GRADS aims to enhance your capabilities to conduct applied research in agriculture greenhouse gas emissions quantification and mitigation. Grants of USD 14,000 will be awarded for research stays to be completed before the end of 2024. This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute towards the agricultural sector's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Don't miss out - the deadline for applications is August 28, 2023

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4th Call for Proposals: Ocean Innovation Challenge

The Ocean Innovation Challenge is back with its 4th call for proposals. The challenge aims to accelerate progress on SDG14 by identifying, financing, advising, and mentoring genuinely innovative and entrepreneurial projects that can sustainably address marine pollution and ocean acidification and improve sustainable fishing. The challenge is open to a range of entities, including governments, non-profit organizations, international organizations, and for-profit companies.

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Call for Mentors and Mentees: Women in Clean Cooking (WiCC) Program

GWNET, in collaboration with the Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), is excited to launch the third cohort of a mentorship programme specifically targeting women in the clean cooking sector in Africa, Asia, and Haiti. The program offers benefits such as gaining experience from seasoned professionals in the energy sector, enhancing professional and personal development, and fostering strategic thinking and innovative ideas. The program is designed for early to mid-career professionals with 2 – 10 years of work experience. 

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