United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017

The United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017 will focus on the theme of Financing the 2030 Agenda. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals requires unlocking new forms of financing at an unprecedented scale, and ensuring the UN and its partners makes a strategic pivot to facilitating financial innovation, catalyzing responsible business growth, and increasing private and public investment in the Global Goals.

Each year, the UN Private Sector Forum convenes to bring the voice of business to major inter-governmental debates. CEOs, Heads of State and Government, and leaders from the UN and civil society come together at the Forum to explore partnerships which address global challenges that no single organization or sector can tackle alone.

This event is by invitation only.

“Future of Education and Skills” meeting discusses conceptual learning framework and competencies

UNESCO presented its frameworks for competencies and learning objectives for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED) at the 4th meeting of the informal working groups of the “Future of Education and Skills: Education 2030” programme by OECD. It was held in Beijing from 9 to 10 November 2016.

The meeting brought together more than 100 policy makers, experts, school networks and social partners. It was held back to back with a special symposium with systems and global thought leaders. The events were hosted by the National Institute of Educational Sciences (NIES) in Beijing, China, in cooperation with Tsinghua University from 9 to 11 November 2016. Participants welcomed the OECD’s new conceptual learning framework “Learning Compass 2030” with which students should be able to navigate in time and social space and shape the future for their own and others’ well-being.

Policy makers supported some common design principles. Some of the conclusions were that even where education remains true to the disciplines, it needs to aim at interdisciplinary learning and the capacity of students to see problems through multiple lenses. In an uncertain and volatile world, learning should focus on what has the highest transfer value, and on knowledge of disciplines with deep understanding about the disciplines, according to the meeting outcomes.

To date, 19 countries are taking part in the policy analysis on curriculum, with an aim to facilitate peer-learning as well as to build a knowledge base and develop tools for countries to draw on when re-designing their curriculum. The project welcomes interested countries and stakeholders to contribute to the project.

UN Benefit Concert – November 20, 2016

November 20th, 2016
3:00-4:30PM

New York Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium
Lincoln Center, NY
New York City Department of Homeless Services

NYC Dept. of Homeless Services, is pleased to announce a concert to benefit Families & Children via the Homeless Trust Fund. The concert will feature The UN Chamber Music Society and be held at Lincoln Center – New York Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center, NY, November 20th from 3:00-4:30PM.

Special Guests will include City of New York DSS Commissioner, Steven Banks, and special remarks by Mr. Andrew Gilmour, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.

Making Global Goals Local Business – Dubai

The UN Global Compact will bring together leaders across sectors to explore the transformative platforms and partnerships needed to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the ground. In Dubai, over 600 participants from business, civil society, government, the UN and Global Compact Local Networks will focus on moving from awareness to action, showing that companies that do business responsibly and find opportunities to innovate around the SDGs will be the market leaders of tomorrow.

24-25 Oct, 2016
Annual Local Network Forum
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah
Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

24-25 Oct, 2016
UN Private Sector Focal Points Network Annual Meeting
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah
Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

25 Oct, 2016
PRME Business for Peace Forum 2016
American University of Sharjah
United Arab Emirates

26 Oct, 2016
Business for Peace Annual Event
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah
Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

27 Oct, 2016
Pearl Initiative & United Nations Global Compact 2nd Regional Forum
Conrad Hotel
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

While in Dubai participants may also be interested in the UNEP-FI Global Roundtable 2016 which will be held on 25-26 October. Learn more.

Making Global Goals Local Business – Dubai

Oct 24 – 27, 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The UN Global Compact invites you to Dubai for a series of events as part of our Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, where we will bring together leaders across sectors to explore the transformative platforms and partnerships needed to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the ground. In Dubai, over 600 participants from business, civil society, government, the UN and Global Compact Local Networks will focus on moving from awareness to action, showing that companies that do business responsibly and find opportunities to innovate around the SDGs will be the market leaders of tomorrow.

Oct 24-25, 2016
Annual Local Network Forum
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 24-25, 2016
UN Private Sector Focal Points Network Annual Meeting
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 25, 2016
PRME Business for Peace Forum 2016
American University of Sharjah | United Arab Emirates

Oct 26, 2016
Business for Peace Annual Event
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 27,2016
Pearl Initiative & United Nations Global Compact 2nd Regional Forum
Conrad Hotel
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Contact
AICC UN Global Compact Office: ungc@aiccus.org

US donates $37 million to UNHCR to support education gaps forrefugees

The United States is pleased to announce a contribution of nearly $37 million of humanitarian assistance toward the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support critical education gaps for refugees in 16 countries.

On September 20, 2016, Jordanian King Abdullah II, Mexican President Peña Nieto, German Chancellor Merkel, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam, Swedish Prime Minister Löfven, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon will join President Obama in hosting the President’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees.

This Summit will bring together government leaders who are prepared to make new and significant pledges that address the most urgent needs of refugees. As part of the Summit, the United States and co-hosts aim to increase refugee self-reliance by encouraging major refugee-hosting member states to focus on new policies that will facilitate refugee access to education and increase the number of refugee children enrolled in school by one million. In order to reach that goal, additional resources are needed to close significant funding gaps of leading humanitarian organizations.

This funding will both further the United States’ financial contributions to refugee education and support the implementation of the commitments made for the Summit by refugee-hosting countries through the provision of additional resources to UNHCR to increase the number of children accessing quality education.

UNHCR is the largest provider of education for refugees globally, but remains underfunded. The UNHCR fundraising document “Education for Refugees: Priority activities and requirements supporting enrollment and retention in 2016” highlights unfunded or underfunded education activities for schools and students at all levels of education.

The document appeals for nearly $60 million to support refugee education in sixteen countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East – which collectively host 2.1 million refugee children of school-age (5-17 years), an estimated 57 percent of whom are out of school. With full funding, UNHCR could support tens of thousands of refugee children to enroll in school during the upcoming academic year. The United States government strongly encourages other donors to close the remaining $23 million funding shortfall.

Today: Join in CR4 or watch online – UN General Assembly Hearingsfor UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants at UNHQ

Join or watch online today:
UN General Assembly informal multistakeholder hearings for UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants
UN Headquarters, New York
Conference Room 4
10:00am-1:00pm and 3:00-6:00pm

On 18 July 2016, the President of the UN General Assembly will host informal multi-stakeholder hearings at UN Headquarters in New York in preparation for the 19 September UN Summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach.UN Member State consultations are underway on the outcome document for this Summit, and these hearings provide a significant opportunity for stakeholders to contribute their recommendations for the draft Declaration and draft Global Compact on Responsibility Sharing for Refugees. During the opening of the hearings, remarks will be delivered by:

H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly
H.E. Ms. Dina Kawar, Ambassador of Jordan to the United States/Co-facilitator for the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (TBC)
H.E. Mr. David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations/Co-facilitator for the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants
Ms. Karen AbuZayd, UN Special Adviser on the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants
Ms. Nadia Murad Basee Taha, Advocate for refugees rights and victims of trafficking, Yazda
Ms. Michele LeVoy, Director, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants
The concept note for the hearings is available here.

The programme for the hearings is available here.
Guiding questions for the 4 interactive panels are at bottom of this message.
You may watch the hearings online at http://webtv.un.org