GRP Events at the High Level Political Forum in New York
Author: Ida Gabrielsson
Posted on 4 July 2018
The United Nations will convene a High Level Political Forum, “transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” from July 9th to the 18th In New York. The forum will review five of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15.
GRP will be at the forum to explore if we are on track, what we can do better, and which innovations are making a difference at reaching these SDGs. We will be holding two events at UN headquarters in New York. A Stakeholder Group for Persons with Disabilities will be held on 11th July, discussing pathways to achieving SDG 11. “Building Climate Resilience: Evidence in Action” will take place on 16th July, in partnership with the Governments of the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, and Uganda.
To truly make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, we must ensure that diversity is celebrated, and that all persons are included and can equitably participate in society. The side event will focus on how to fully implement Goal 11 for the inclusion of all persons, including persons with disabilities, by adhering to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). During the side event, speakers will highlight:
Universal Design and Accessibility Safe mobility Living independently and being included in the community Building Resilience
We face a new reality: disasters and extreme weather events are occurring more frequently and chronic stresses are lasting longer. We need to ensure that all people, especially those living in the least developed countries, are resilient to these shocks and stresses and can lead prosperous lives. The event will highlight the latest scientific evidence on the challenges to development posed by climate change, show how action on building resilience and maintaining the integrity of ecosystems supports the delivery of the SDGs, and identify where change is needed to build resilient people, communities, cities, and economies. This event is co-hosted by the Governments of the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, and Uganda, with the Global Resilience Partnership.s.