UNGA: Beyond Covid-19 Public Private Partnerships for the SDGs as a Model for Building Back Better

Join us for an engaging and inspiring high-level side-event, convened by the Government of Kenya and United Nations with support of the SDG Partnership Platform, the National Business Compact against COVID-19 in Kenya, and Equity Group Foundation, focused on best practices in the public private partnership space, with considerations based in the COVID-19 response efforts.

Speakers include: H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya; Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General; Joe Mucheru, E.G.H, Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Innovation and Youth, Kenya; Sanda Ojiambo, UN Global Compact Executive Director; Dr. James Mwangi, MD and CEO, Equity Group Holdings and Executive Chairman, Equity Group Foundation-Winner 2020 Oslo Business for Peace Award; Dr. Githinji Gitahi, Global CEO, Amref Health Africa; Jane Nelson, Director of the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School; Myriam Sidibe, Chair, National Business Compact on Coronavirus, Kenya-Author, “Brands on a Mission”; Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya, and others.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Now, more than ever, the critical link between public and private sectors must be strengthened to address our global challenges and attain the SDGs. Due to the unprecedented arrival of COVID-19) it will be an all-hands-on-deck effort to deliver on these commitments.

One such place where this progressive work has occurred is in Kenya, which demonstrates how a collective community under the stewardship of the Government can come together at an early stage, with resourcefulness, purpose and creativity to address critical challenges successfully. The Government of Kenya from the get-go encouraged, with support from the UN Kenya country team and partners from civil society, private sector and philanthropy, launched a multi-stakeholder partnership approach that swiftly, and significantly reduced the spread of COVID-19 within the Country, and its social economic impacts.

SDG Action Zone Closing Session


The closing session will resurface the most inspirational, thought-provoking, and surprising statements made throughout the week.

In a reflective tone, it will also delve deeper into the opportunities ahead. It will acknowledge the strengthened efforts and new partnerships that have emerged out of the COVID-19 pandemic – from the immediate resource mobilization of the COVID-19 Funds to the Open Brief’s mobilization of the creative community. It should not have taken a global pandemic to mobilize these actions, when inexcusable injustices happen every day. The session will underscore that this recent solidarity needs to connect beyond just the current moment. This momentum in mobilizing partners around systemic inequalities needs to be carried into a sustained movement throughout the Decade of Action. The closing session will look forward, highlighting how we can effectively harness young people, businesses, governments, civil society, the creative community and other groups to achieve the SDGs.

Past, Present, Futures: Intergenerational Resilience Across Beijing+25

Tangible successes from the women’s rights movement, feminist leadership from Member States, as well as meaningful youth-led movements and innovations have significantly supported SDG5 and the Beijing+25 platform. This dialogue was conceived to bridge knowledge between earlier feminists from Beijing 1995, government stakeholders, and new and emerging realities that young feminists are shaping and experiencing today for building a more resilient and intergenerational vision for achieving gender equality and the Global Goals. Speakers will share quantifiable and expert analysis from across young and older feminist perspectives on what has been achieved and why, along with joint reflection on what needs to be transformed and innovated to move forward. Young people are experts in their own right and will be leading the dialogue to contextualize their unique knowledge on the challenges and opportunities for gender and sexual rights today. By framing the dialogue between different generations, the session will focus on what tangible approaches are needed for building resilient, intergenerational and long-lasting gender equality movements that streamline gender across all the Global Goals as well as ensure second line and sustainable leadership into the future.

Data and Action: Factivism Through Timely Data – SDG Action Zone

To ensure we achieve the Global Goals, we need to know how much or how little progress we have made towards achieving them, what the state of the world is and identify the gaps in data available. SDGs Today is a new timely data portal developed by SDSN in partnership with ESRI and National Geographic, that aims to provide a snapshot of the state of sustainable development around the world at this current moment. The portal’s datasets are based on new data sources and methods, updated regularly, and have been produced within the last year. This session will focus on the importance of timely data and the scientific solutions we need to achieve the SDGs as they mark their five year anniversary. The discussion will be divided into three challenges the world is facing now, inequality, health and climate, with speakers focusing on the solutions. To achieve the Global Goals, we need a range of actions from multiple stakeholders. This breakout session will shed light on the range of actions we need to take to make the 2030 Agenda a reality for all; from business innovations to protecting civil society spaces to supporting activists on the ground and to ensuring the availability of more timely data to prevent misinformation. The session will be hosted ahead of the Global Day of Factivism – as the SDGs mark their 5th Birthday, we want to show the state of the world and how the SDGs are the best framework to recover from the pandemic and build a better and more sustainable world for everyone, everywhere.

Mobilization and Action: Mobilizing the Masses

Big 6 Youth Organizations will host a youth-led discussion considering what it takes to mobilize young people at scale in the context of the Decade of Action. A mistake made by the development community is designing campaigns aimed at young people without actually engaging young people in the design. The truth is young people do want to achieve the SDGs, as they care deeply about social causes, but their insights and experiences must be heard if we are to achieve greater impact together. The Big 6 Youth Organizations have over a century of experience activating young people at the grassroots level. They exist in almost every corner of the world and have understood how to engage young people from many backgrounds and bring them into the conversation to form networks of local youth-led movements. This session will share insights on how to mobilize a generation of young people for the SDGs

Breaking News – SDG Action Zone

Each day, interview-style broadcasts will shine a spotlight on the most audacious announcements and partnership launches that will raise ambition for the 2030 Agenda. This is the opportunity to amplify and increase the accountability of the newsworthy initiatives, projects and programmes.

Envisioning a Better World with VR/AR – SDG Action Zone

In this talk, Guilherme Novak will tell a story about the power of using Virtual and Augmented Reality to collaborate with young activists and come up with innovative solutions towards the SDGs. The talk will educate and inspire others on how to use immersive technologies towards SDG solutions.

UN Digest: UN Global Compact, UN Special Envoy on Financing 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

As a series of touch points each day, UN leaders will share a thematic digest in short ‘explainer’ videos. UN leaders from across the UN System will share the vision for their organization’s efforts responding to the urgency to accelerate action to deliver the SDGs. These digests will illustrate their priorities, and to explain what is at stake, why you should care and how people everywhere can take action.

Utilizing NASA Technology and Innovation to Clean the World

At NASA Kennedy Space Center, Sergie Albino worked as an aerospace engineer contractor, helping prototype a green, sustainable technology to clean persistent toxins from contaminated sediment called SPEARS. Recognizing the potential of this cost-effective and environmentally-friendly technology, he co-founded an innovative cleantech company to take this solution to market. In this talk, Sergio aims to convey a message to young aspiring social entrepreneurs and STEM professionals that innovative, “outside the box” thinking can change the world.

Create Philanthropy: Create Love Not War – SDG Action Zone

Creativity sits at the heart of the engaging content that is needed to inform, unite, challenge and inspire people into changing behaviours and taking positive action. Creativity can transcend borders, cultures, languages and be used as a powerful tool to support the SDG’s. Scalable creative solutions are needed for multiple channels across multiple territories and turning to the world’s creative community to produce this work allows for diversity, inclusion, democratisation of the creative process as well as a body of diverse and compelling creative work to reach a wider audience.