Countdown to the UN SDG Summit 2023 Webinar Series

Stakeholder Forum’s ‘Countdown to the UN SDG Summit 2023’ webinar series will consist of 8 90-minute expert panels – with stakeholder participation – in the run-up to the September 2023 SDG Summit. This review of two SDGs each month commenced in November 2022 and will run through June 2023 in the run-up to the July 2023 UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development – known as the HLPF.

The webinars are one of a group of interlinked initiatives within Stakeholder Forum’s newest project, ‘The 2023 Platform,’ for which it is currently seeking funding. A multi-year project, the 2023 Platform is envisioned to be an instrument to support more effective monitoring and review of the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development during the 2023 United Nations HLPF review cycle.

The webinar series explores where we are in SDG implementation, identifies transformative actions for change, and assesses what kind of disruptions they might create together with the benefits for those goals under review and for other goals with which there are interlinkages.

The series will bring together a wide range of experts, policymakers, and practitioners with knowledge of the SDGs’ interlinkages, including their insights on integrated approaches that can help to develop recommendations on transformative actions for the SDGs. Its intention is also to establish a community of practice that will continue to work on this initiative in the lead-up to the 2023 SDG Summit and beyond.

In addition, summaries of the webinars – along with recommendations related to each of the first 16 SDGs – will be submitted to the HLPF and UN SDG Summit 2023 processes.

Please view the most recent webinars, posted on the SF YouTube channel – and/or the audio podcast versions – below.  And please share your thoughts or ideas on the subject by writing to [email protected]


Countdown to the UN SDG Summit 2023 Webinar Series Webinar 3: SDGs 5 and 6 – Gender Equality and Clean Water & Sanitation

26 January 2023

This 90-minute webinar was the third in Stakeholder Forum’s ‘Countdown to the UN SDG Summit 2023’ series of 8 webinars in the run-up to the September 2023 SDG Summit. A review of two SDGs each month, commencing November 2022, the series explores where we are in their implementation, identifies transformative actions for change, and assesses what kind of disruptions they might create together with the benefits for those goals under review and for other goals with which there are interlinkages.

The series brings together a wide range of experts, policymakers, and practitioners with knowledge of the SDGs’ interlinkages, including their insights on integrated approaches that can help to develop recommendations on transformative actions for the SDGs. Its intention is also to establish a community of practice that will continue to work on this initiative in the lead-up to the 2023 SDG Summit and beyond. This session was moderated by Dr. David Horan, Assistant Professor at Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, and Advisor on SDG Partnerships & Governance for the SDGs for Stakeholder Forum, in dialogue with a host of SDG and sustainability experts: Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Senior Adviser, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, Maria Mercedes Kuri, United Nations International Federation of Youth for Water and Climate (UN1FY), Dr. Nina Lansbury, Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health, University of Queensland, Ms. Carmen Capriles, Founding Member of Reacción Climática and Global Facilitator Women’s Major Group UNEA/UNEP, Mr. Innocent Menyo, Team Lead & Co-Founder, M-SCAN, Dr. Grace Oluwasanya, Senior Researcher: Water, Climate and Gender at the United Nations Institute for Water, Environment, and Health, Dr. Ali Karnib, Senior Water and Sustainable Development Expert, Ms. Marisha Wojciechowska-Shibuya, Lead Writer of United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water & Sanitation’s final report on water and sanitation, and author & publisher of My Globetrotter Book, and Ms. Tove Lexén, Programme Officer, International Policy, Swedish Water House.

The session closed with remarks by Irena Zubcevic, Director, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future.

The full video recording can be found here, and an audio podcast recording will be available soon. You can also download a written version of the statement delivered by Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, and the text from the webinar chat.


Countdown to the UN SDG Summit 2023 Webinar Series Webinar 2: SDGs 3 & 4 – Ensuring Healthy Lives and Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education

14 December 2022

This 90-minute webinar is the second of Stakeholder Forum’s ‘Countdown to the UN SDG Summit 2023’ series of webinars.

Introduced by Stakeholder Forum Executive Director Irena Zubcevic and moderated by Dr. David Horan, Assistant Professor at Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, and Advisor on SDG Partnerships & Governance for the SDGs for Stakeholder Forum, it included an introduction to the subject matter by Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Board Member and Senior Adviser on Governance, Stakeholder Forum.

Dr. Horan then moderated a roundtable discussion on SDGs 3 and 4 with Dr. Wanda Markotter, Co-Chair, One Health High-Level Expert Panel, and Director of Centre for Viral Zoonoses, University of Pretoria, Mr. Landry Egbende, public health specialist at Kinshasa School of Public Health, Dr. Katey Pelican, Director, Co-Lead, PI and Developer, One Health Systems Mapping and Analysis Toolkit at University of Minnesota, Ms. Elizabeth Moses-Mullard, Principal Advocate at AlphaZULU Advocates; Former Member of the Independent Education Appeals Panel, London Borough of Hillingdon, Prof. Victoria Thoresen, Former UNESCO Chair for Education for Sustainable Lifestyles, Collaborative Learning Centre for Sustainable Development, Inland Norway University, Prof. Lichia Saner-Yiu, Organisation Development & Institutional Learning, President, Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND), Mr. Angus Mackay, Director of the Division for Planet at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Head of the UN CC:Learn Secretariat, Dr Karen Brown, Director, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, University of Minnesota, and Mr. Brad Olsen, Senior Fellow, Center for Universal Education in the Global Economy and Development program, Brookings Institution.

Final reflections were offered by Mr. Gervais Nzoa, Development Specialist, Coordinator, Caald, and Former Member, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

The full video recording can be found here, and an audio podcast recording will be available soon.


Countdown to the UN SDG Summit 2023 Webinar Series Webinar 1: SDGs 1 & 2 – No Poverty and No Hunger

29 November 2022

This 90-minute webinar launched Stakeholder Forum’s ‘Countdown to the UN SDG Summit 2023’ series of webinars.

Moderated by Dr. David Horan, Assistant Professor at Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, and Advisor on SDG Partnerships & Governance for the SDGs for Stakeholder Forum, it included introductions to the subject matter by Dr. Friedrich Soltau, Chief, Intergovernmental Policy and Review Branch, Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development, UN-DESA, Jamil Ahmad, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, the United Nations Environment Programme, New York, and Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Board Member and Senior Adviser on Governance, Stakeholder Forum.

Dr. Horan then moderated a roundtable discussion on SDGs 1 and 2 with Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh, Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief at UNCTAD New York, Office of the Secretary-General, Eunice Ajambo, Economist, United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office, Namibia, Dr. Daniele Malerba, Senior Researcher, German Institute for Development and Sustainability, and Hanaa El Hilaly, Chairman at Aspire Capital Holding Company, and Executive Director at Al Kheir Microfinance Company.

The full video recording can be found here, and an audio podcast recording will be available soon. You can also download a written version of the statement delivered by Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, and the text from the webinar chat.