2030 Agenda and Development Cooperation

Global Solutions Hubs

At our Global Solutions Hubs, you will find policy recommendations, solutions and experts on the policy areas of the G20 and T20. They cover the topics that are at the heart of the Global Solutions Initiative.
Do you have ideas for a Global Solutions Hub or would you like to submit your own Solution Session? Please contact us (contact@global-solutions-initiative.org).
Women’s Economic Empowerment: Pandemic Response, Recovery and Resilience – Building Back Better

The goal of the side event is to focus on the importance of gender economic equity across the SDGs, particularly in the context of policy responses to address the economic and social impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic as we seek to build forward better.  Our objective is to secure a collective commitment to action and to issue a call to action for systemic and transformative change in policies, programs and norms in order to increase gender economic equity and the resiliency of women and girls in the face of future economic, environmental and social shocks.

The work of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (UNHLP-WEE), completed in 2017, focused on several key issues that are particularly relevant for building forward better and increasing the resiliency of women and girls in the face of future economic, environmental and social shocks. The 2021 Summit is calling for a Great Realignment including “a systemic transformation to ensure that economic activity serves the needs of all stakeholders, contributes to societal wellbeing, and operates within planetary boundaries.”

This side event brings together some members of the UNHLP-WEE along with a range of policy makers, private sector, civil society and other actors to discuss the importance of gender economic equity across the SDGs, recognizing the devastating economic and social impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the critical role of women and girls for the pandemic response, recovery and resilience.

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Experts

Margo Thomas
Women’s Economic Imperative
Elizabeth Vazquez
WEConnect International
Linda Scott
Oxford University
Caren Grown
World Bank
Simona Scarpaleggia
EDGE Strategy
Justine Greening
High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment
Building forward better – the contribution of international cooperation to the urban responses to Covid-19

The Solution Session “Building forward better. The contribution of international cooperation to the urban responses to Covid-19” is the outcome of a virtual Dialogue series hosted by Global Solutions Initiative (GSI) and Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) over the course of several months. These Dialogues brought together 30 experts and practitioners from academia, private sector and international organizations, in order to collectively develop responses to the current crisis in areas of International Cooperation: Health & Society; Informality & Communities;  Inclusion & Infrastructure; Knowledge Generation & Application; Scaling Solutions & Global Agendas. This Solution Session highlights the major proposals and insights generated during these Dialogues. The speakers invite to think current approaches of International Cooperation forward.

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Solution Sessions

Experts

Michael Cohen
Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment
Tetsushi Sonobe
Asian Development Bank Institute
Sachin Chaturvedi
Research and Information System for Developing Countries
Sarah Colenbrander
Overseas Institute
Rakan Bin Dohaisch
G20 KSA Infrastructure Working Group
Nella Sri Hendriyetty
Asian Development Bank Institute
Building forward better – the contribution of international cooperation to the economic responses to Covid-19

The Solution Session “Building forward better – the contribution of international cooperation to the economic responses to Covid-19” is the outcome of a virtual Dialogue series hosted by GIZ over the course of several months. These Dialogues brought together 30 experts and practitioners from academia, private sector and international organisations, in order to collectively develop responses to the current crisis in four areas of International Cooperation: SMEs, Informality, Digitalisation and Trade & Supply Chains. This Solution Session highlights the major proposals and insights generated during these Dialogues. The speakers invite to think current approaches of International Cooperation forward.

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Experts

Amy Jadesimi
LADOL Free Zone, Nigeria
Arun Maira
HelpAge International
Oliver Greenfield
Green Economy Coalition
Gianluca Grimalda
Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Izumi Ohno
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Gilbert Doumit
Beyond Group
Jorge Gómez-Paredes
UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the Andean Region
Anna Lamch
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Jens Sedemund
Environment and Climate Change Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD
Ndongo Sylla
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
Karin Wedig
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Gender Economic Equity and the SDG 2030 Agenda: Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

We are within the final decade of the SDG 2030 Agenda and far short of attaining the targets. Since Goal 5 – Women’s economic empowerment cuts across all of the SDGs, “We will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals if there is no accelerated action to empower women economically” (United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, March 2017).

The challenge therefore is to identify and implement policy solutions to address gender inequities, since “eliminating gender inequities can lead to faster economic growth” (IMF, 2017) and improve social, health, and political outcomes for T20 countries and globally. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic is sharply increasing income gaps and structural inequities across the globe with devastating economic and social implications for women and girls. The goal of this session is to highlight the inter-sectionalities and importance of gender economic equity across the SDGs, particularly as we work on policy responses to address the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this context, the discussion will identify key issues, propose solutions, and draw from lessons of experience where relevant.

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Experts

Thoraya Obaid
Saudi Arabia 2020
Toyin Abiodun
Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
Merike Blofield
German Institute for Global and Area Studies
Mayra Buvinic
United Nations Foundation with Data2X and the Center for Global Development
Barbara Orser
University of Ottawa
Amanda Shaw
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Margo Thomas
Women’s Economic Imperative
Our money – our choice: How can the G20 use digital finance to achieve the SDGs?

With only 10 years left to realize the 2030 Agenda, there is a common call to boost finance from additional funding sources in order to accelerate sustainable action. At the same time, new finance options and innovative tools are emerging and fueling the international debate on their potential for sustainable development.
Consequently, the United Nation’s Secretary General has appointed the “Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs” to investigate how this potential can be unlocked while limiting the associated risks. In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate commitments agreed in 2015, financial flows have to be redirected into critical priorities and away from assets that deplete natural capital. Fintech offers the solution to accelerate the integration of the financial sector into the real economy. It provides the urgently needed opportunities to enable greater decentralization and active participation in the transition to sustainable development.

Discussion: Besides deliberating on emerging policy recommendations put forward by the UN Task Force and on the results of the “German Sustainable Fintech Stocktake” undertaken by the Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance, this panel will discuss how fintech innovations can help to link financial resources with sustainable development pathways, which is a fundamental task especially in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Accelerated by the current crisis, the panel will present examples of social inclusion in financial transactions and markets as well as highlight how digital solutions can increase transparency, accountability and information sharing between regulators, citizens and businesses. The panel will share ideas on how to realize this historic opportunity to shape finance in an innovative way while empowering citizens participation for inclusive sustainable development.

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Experts

Simon Zadek
UN Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs
Jochen Flasbarth
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Judith Karl
UN Capital Development Fund
Anir Chowdhury
a2i Program, Government of Bangladesh
What can the G20 do to support city leadership on the SDGs?

Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, in a world of rapid urbanization, mayors and municipal officials were increasingly demonstrating their leadership in accelerating social and economic progress to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Their local priorities have taken on added importance as the world plans its recovery from COVID-19.

This session will explore how the G20 can support and leverage the actions of local leaders to advance sustainable development, especially as their economies emerge from lockdown and they reshape their communities; how the G20 can address the financing constraints that many local governments will face as they seek to enable progress towards the SDGs in the COVID-19 era; and how a healthy institutional relationship between the G20 and U20 can serve as a nexus for alignment and partnership between local and national governments as they jointly pursue a successful long-term recovery that elevates fairness, decreases inequality, and improves sustainability.

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Experts

Tony Pipa
Brookings Institution
Mauricio Rodas
University of Pennsylvania
What can the G20 do to kick-start the “10 years of action” to achieve the SDGs?

While progress is made in many places to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to align economic, social and environmental progress globally; the overall speed and level of action is not sufficient to deliver on the targets set for 2030. The United Nations have hence launched the Decade of Action to speed up transformative change in the 2020s. This panel will discuss what can be learned from successful SDG implementation in different places to scale-up transformative action globally. What are common characteristics of successful SDG projects? What role do national governments, international organisations, business, science and civil society have to play to support effective SDG achievement? What impulses can the G20 give to kick-start the Decade of Action? How can the G20 help to operationalise the “leave no one behind principle” and support SDG achievement in Least Developed Countries? How can the G20 support effective global SDG monitoring by pioneering best practice and supporting other countries?

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Experts

Achim Steiner
United Nations Development Program
Paula Caballero
Lands for Life Program, RARE
Homi Kharas
The Brookings Institution
Izumi Ohno
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Margo Thomas
Women’s Economic Imperative
Tanja Gönner
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Policy Briefs

Leveraging private philanthropy towards achieving the SDGS
Alejandra Cardini - CIPPEC, David Dingus - Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, Dinah Bennett - Enterprise Development, Women’s Economic Imperative, Iván Matovich - Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC), Jitendra Roychoudhury - King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), Natasha Ridge - Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research
Incentivizing the private sector to support the united nations sustainable development goals
Joseph Siracusa - School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia, Syed Munir Khasru - Institute for Policy, Advocacy, and Governance (IPAG)
Religious networks, their impact on SDGS (SDG17), and the challenges for the international legal order
Alberto Melloni - UNESCO Chair, University of Bologna, Cole Durham - International Centre for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, Juan Navarro Floria - Pontifical University of Buenos Ayres, Naoto Yoshinkawa - Tokai University, Peter Petkoff - Brunel Law School, Regent’s Park College
The sustainable development agenda: Leveraging the G20 to enhance accountability and financing
Dennis Görlich - Global Solutions Initiative; Head, Global Challenges Center, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Homi Kharas - The Brookings Institution, Sebastian Strauss - Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution , Wilfried Rickels - Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Leveraging digital technology to bridge the global knowledge divide: The promise of MOOCs revisited
Abdul Ghaffar Mughal - Northeastern University, Jitendra Roychoudhury - King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), Rym Ayadi - Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES), CASS Business School, Sadiq M. Sait - King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
G20 leadership and relevance of the global pilot programme on science, technology, and innovation for SDGS roadmaps
Abir Alharbi - King Saud University, Sabyasachi Saha - Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), Sachin Chaturvedi - Research and Information System for Developing Countries
Post-Covid-19 to 2030: Early childhood programs as pathway to sustainability in times of global uncertainty
Alejandra Cardini - CIPPEC, Claudia Costin - Center for Innovation and Excellence in Education Policies, Dwi Priyono - South East Asian Ministers of Education Organization / Regional Centre for Early Childhood Care, Education and Parenting (SEAMEO CECCEP), Jennifer Guevara - Dublin City University, Early Childhood Research Centre, Lynette Okengo - AfECN, African Early Childhood Network, Mathias Urban - Dublin City University, Early Childhood Research Centre, Rita Flórez Romero - Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Grupo de Investigación Cognición y Lenguaje en la Infancia
G20 collaborative strategy for SDG 4 Target 4.7: Monitoring progress in education for sustainable development and global citizenship education
Abdul Ghaffar Mughal - Northeastern University, Charlotte Holland - Dublin City University, Dinah Bennett - Enterprise Development, Women’s Economic Imperative, Huan Ni - Shanghai Green Light-Year Environmental Service Center
Dealing with interlinkages – A focused approach for implementing the SDGS and overcoming the Covid-19 crisis
Adolf Kloke-Lesch - SDSN Germany, Alex Godoy-Faúndez - SDSN Andes and Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad del Desarrollo, and Global Young Academy (GYA), Anet Režek Jambrak - University of Zagreb, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, and GYA, Armand Ketcha Malan Kablan - Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB), and GYA, Felix Moronta-Barrios - International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, GYA, Imme Scholz - German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Moritz Riede - Department of Physics, University of Oxford, and GYA alumni, Robert Lepenies - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, and GYA, Teresa Stoepler - InterAcademy Partnership, and GYA, Tolu Oni - University of Cambridge, and GYA, Yoko Shimpuku - Hiroshima University, and GYA
The Sustainable Development Agenda: Leveraging the G20 to Enhance Accountability and Financing
Dennis Görlich - Global Solutions Initiative; Head, Global Challenges Center, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Homi Kharas - The Brookings Institution, Sebastian Strauss - Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution , Wilfried Rickels - Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Advancing Enterprise Education for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among MENA Countries
Barbara Orser - University of Ottawa, Margo Thomas - Women’s Economic Imperative, Haya Al-Dajani - Mohammed Bin Salman College for Business and Entrepreneurship (MBSC)
COVID-19 Response Strategies, Addressing Digital Gender Divides
Barbara Orser - University of Ottawa, Margo Thomas - Women’s Economic Imperative, Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke - Womens WorldWide Web (W4)

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