The Global Forum Webinar Series will serve the Forum as early peer-learning exercises to further develop members’ capacity to more effectively engage with each other, learn from each other, identify SDG actions that they can realistically engage in, and increase individual capacities to identify the correct actors in their national governments and a broader range of relevant stakeholders in their respective countries to accelerate SDGs delivery.

The webinars will also offer an opportunity to reach a wider audience by including additional colleagues and staff members from Global Forum member and affiliate organizations, answer participant’s questions in real-time, and recorded sessions will become part of the Global Forum knowledge achieve.


Global Forum Webinar 2: What are the Structures, Relationships, and Other Factors Needed to Establish Effective and Enduring Subnational and Regional Multi-Stakeholder Sustainable Development Councils and Similar Bodies?

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM New York time.

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Subnational networks are commonly found in two forms. Some can be a single advisory body established by a regional government or parliament. Others can be found in countries where subnational governments are designated as ‘states’ rather than countries or autonomous regions. On the other hand, regional networks are those networks consisting of multiple advisory bodies established by national governments that foster cross-border cooperation. Each is tasked with offering independent advice to their respective governing bodies or members and, ideally, include a multistakeholder group of representatives from academia, civil society, the private sector, and public bodies that bring together experts with years of experience in producing independent advice. Successful and effective subnational and regional networks or similar multistakeholder bodies do exist, some well-known and some less so but equally effective in their own right. Yet, many regional and local governments still find it challenging to effectively reach down into their communities to engage the diverse range of stakeholders – and the correct ones – needed to meaningfully engage with in the implementation of SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. Why is that? While some countries practice sustainability because social and environmental stewardship is a part of their ‘cultural-DNA,’ some still regard the concept with suspicion, focusing more on economic growth while seeing sustainability as a barrier to it. As it relates to the SDGs and Agenda 2030, this could be due in part to a lack of understanding of the strong interlinkages between the Goals and the economic opportunities they offer. Another bottleneck could be historical mistrust between the private sector and stakeholders (in particular civil society stakeholders), and governments and their people generally. Sustainability education for decision-makers and other leaders, and communication focused on the public could partially remedy that. But real change comes from the success perceived by a proven benefit to lives and economies. That is why the successes achieved by Global Forum members can make a difference. This leads to the supposition that a joint roadmap for processes that can deliver the 2030 Agenda requires a proactive whole-of-society approach. A greater number of subnational networks and similar multistakeholder bodies – closer to their citizenry and with a nearby regional or local focus, and trusted by them – can be a catalyst for SDGs acceleration where it does not now exist.

Want to know more? Contact Charles Nouhan at charles.nouhan@stakeholderforum.org


Global Forum Webinar 1: Engaging the Private Sector in the 2030 Agenda and Delivery of the SDGs

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM New York time.

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Please note that the ‘No future without sustainable development – no future without business’ presentation by Jan-Gustav Strandenaes cannot be shared until a copyright matter is resolved.

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There remain significant challenges to meaningfully engage the private sector in the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. While some countries practice sustainability because social and environmental stewardship is a part of their ‘cultural-DNA,’ others regard the concept with suspicion. As it relates to the SDGs, this could be due in part to a lack of understanding of the strong interlinkages between the Goals. Another could be historical mistrust between the private sector and government, the private sector and stakeholders (in particular civil society stakeholders), and government and stakeholders. But a joint roadmap for processes that can deliver the 2030 Agenda requires a whole-of-society approach.

Yet some effective private sector engagement initiatives do exist, some well-known and some less so but equally effective in their own right. The aim of the webinar is to encourage Global Forum members to share their successful – and perhaps not so successful – initiatives as multi-stakeholder bodies as bridges between the private and public sectors. We are hoping that this will include the methods they have used to become the creators of trusted spaces for joint action within society, and examples of how to constructively support government actors in their efforts to deliver national sustainable development goals.

Want to know more? Contact Charles Nouhan at charles.nouhan@stakeholderforum.org