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Harnessing science, technology and innovation for the SDGs

Scientists, innovators and technologists will meet with representatives from governments, civil society, the private sector and other experts at the first Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum), from 6 to 7 June 2016 to explore how to realize the potential of science, technology and innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Peter Haider of

provides the link below about the Interfaith Harmony Week conference in the UN in Vienna. Attached also the extraordinary lecture on „Youth in Iraq“.



Here is the link to the recording of the 2nd session:

A link to the recording of the 1st session will be soon online too:

5. September 2015  Sustainable Development Goals 

The Heads of State and Government and High Representatives, meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 25-27 September 2015 as the Organization celebrates its seventieth anniversary, have decided on new global Sustainable Development Goals.




Eminent Persons from Around the World Call for a New Global Partnership to Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development

The High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda today released “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development,” a report which sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030, and deliver on the promise of sustainable development. The report calls upon the world to rally around a new Global Partnership that offers hope and a role to every person in the world.

The Panel was established by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and co-chaired by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron.

» Click here to download a copy of the report in English. «

Looking ahead at the Post-2015 Summit

More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from 25-27 September at UN headquarters in New York to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the summit “will chart a new era of sustainable development in which poverty will be eradicated, prosperity shared and the core drivers of climate change tackled”. Learn more about it:

Civil Society and Academia
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Dear NGO representatives,

The Human Rights Council in paragraph 9 of its resolution 29/11 on the negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of human rights requested the High Commissioner to prepare a compilation of best practices of efforts to counter the negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of all human rights, developed by States, national human rights institutions, national anti-corruption authorities, civil society and academia, with a view to submitting it to the Council at its thirty-second session.

In this regard, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights would welcome your input with respect to best practices that link anti-corruption measures with the realization and protection of human rights.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights invites you to use the attached questionnaire, prepared with a view to facilitate and guide contributions.  

Submissions should be sent to no later than the 30th of November 2015. Submissions should be concise, not exceeding five pages, in English (owing to constraints for documents processing), in MS Word document or compatible format.

DOWNLOAD   Questionnaire C and HR E

Civil Society Team
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43 1 26060-5582 or +43 1 26060-4620

As a follow-up to the 24th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, please find attached a summary of the Civil Society Hearing organised together with the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

2015-05-19 Summary_Civil Society Hearing

Mirella Dummar Frahi
Civil Affairs Officer, Team leader
UNODC Civil Society Team
T. +43 1 26060-4620 or +43 1 26060-5582

World Bank presents new Standards

After years of discussions, the World Bank has submitted a list of new social and environmental criteria for the granting of loans, read more:

The Addis Ababa Action Agenda adopted a new global framework for financing sustainable development (FFD3) held on 13-16 July in the Ethiopian capital. The governments agreed on a package of over 100 concrete measures that draw upon all sources of finance, technology, innovation, trade and data and that will support the implementation of a new set of Sustainable Development Goals to be adopted at a UN Summit in New York in September 2015. Read more:

The UN has done a great job by launching a data revolution enabling them to establish an Indicator-, and a Monitoring Framework for the SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals).

See Posting about Payments of Progress – Foreign Aid.

This is the time of year when members of the UNCAC Coalition and others prepare for the upcoming Conference of the States Parties (COSP) in St. Petersburg whilst learning from the valuable insights gained during the Implementation Review Group (IRG) civil society briefing in Vienna. Read more !

In the event „Erfolgreiche Kooperationen zwischen NGOs und Unternehmen” , AG Globale Verantwortung, 2. Juli 2015, 14.00 bis 18.00, several examples about cooperations  with companies in the view of NGOs had been presented and Key factors for successful business cooperation elaborated.

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Who has experience about cooperations between companies and NGOs and would be so friendly to report (posting) about it and/or has participated in this workshop?

Vienna Energy Forum 2015

For the fourth time UNIDO co-organized (together with IIASA, SE4All and the Austrian Government) the Vienna Energy Forum 2015 (VEF) which took place 18-20 June 2015, Hofburg Palace Vienna, Austria under the title “Sustainable Energy for Inclusiveed by  Development”. Government figures, policy makers, experts in the field of sustainable energy and other decision makers discussed in multi-stakeholder dialogues, launched new global partnerships and formulated concrete action to support the post-2015 development and the climate agenda. The focus was on inclusive development, energy efficiency, and the nexus between energy and other key SDG’s such as water, food, and health, besides promoting economic growth, generating employment opportunities, innovation and low carbon society.  The global issues had been analyzed in an integrated way and in a true partnership with the goal to find long-lasting stable solutions. This challenge is particular urgent for developing and emerging countries. Three events are taking place this year: (1) the Finance for Development Summit in July, (2) the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in September, (3) COP 21 Climate Conference in December 2015.

See future information and/or postings !

Feature articles in DESA News (ECOSOC)

-> Final push for milestone event to finance development

-> Final MDG report evaluates most successful anti-poverty movement in history

The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been hailed as the most successful anti-poverty movement in history. On 6 July, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will officially launch the final report of the MDGs, summarizing the progress and highlighting the achievements of this monumental effort over the last 15 years. The report will also pinpoint areas that require further attention through the post-2015 development agenda.Read more

Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for Sustainable Development Goals: Launching a data revolution for the SDGs.