2030 Agenda for SDGs to Transform the World - Almost 4 years into the 2030 agenda and worldwide, progress in meeting the SDGs has been limited, according to the UN. Three out of ten people in the world lack access to safe water, millions die every year from air pollution, and climate action is not ambitious enough. It has been estimated that achieving the SDGs by 2030 will require roughly $5 trillion of annual investments. H.E. Dr Abdulaziz Ahmad Sarhan (Secretary-General, International Organization for Relief Welfare and Development), Basima Abdulrahman (Founder & CEO, Youth Leader WEF, KESK), and Dr Tauni Launier (Sustainability Director, WorldWide Generation) shared their vision on how to achieve this goal and identified the challenges.
Globally there are over 67 million children out of school, 43 per cent of whom live in Africa. Largely, these children live in ‘fragile’ states or in rural areas. Every year 10 million children drop out of primary school in Sub Saharan Africa. Noella Coursaris Musunka (Founder, Malaika Foundation), Yasmine Sherif (Director General, Education Cannot Wait), and Abisoye Ajayi Akinfolarin, (Founder, Pearls Africa Foundation) shared their ideas on the issues.
Collaboration & Partnerships
New funding mechanisms like development finance that leverage private sector investments, social enterprises, impact bonds, and others are not just creating new revenue streams, but also changing where resources are directed and how development work is conducted. Charlie Bronks (Head of Strategic Partnerships, Crown Agents Bank), Kilian Kleinschmidt (CEO, IPA - Global Networking and Humanitarian Expertise), Kat Reichel (Head of Network Development & Engagement, Start Network) and Dr Mehmet Gulluoglu, President, AFAD discussed new types of funding and partnership models.
Youth - Our Future
Despite the progress that has been made over the past 20 years to improve the situation of young people around the world, there are still daunting challenges. Globally one in eight youth are unemployed; 126 million youth cannot read or write and another 63 million adolescents of lower secondary school age are currently out of school. It's estimated 600 million young people are living in conflict zones or fragile states and every minute a young woman is infected with HIV. There needs to be youth policies, tailored and adapted to national and local contexts, to help ensure that youth development challenges are addressed. Serene Dardari (Founder, Shams Network), Ndaba Mandela (Founder and CEO, Africa Rising Foundation), and Vivian Onano (Women & Girls Advocate, Leading Light Initiative) share their insight and experience about which policies and programmes have worked and which didn’t.
A number of multilateral organisations, international charities and governments are looking at ways to engage local NGOs and charities as delivery partners. The ‘Going Local’ session identified the right delivery partners and addressed the challenges and opportunities that NGOs face while taking this route. Toby Lanzer (Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations) shared his expertise, experience and views on this topic.
Empowerment of Women
We are years away from achieving gender equality, and the gap is widening. In fact, empowering women could add $28 trillion to global GDP by 2025. So, what is stopping us from achieving this goal? What needs to be done in terms of policy, community and civil society to make this happen? Mahawa Kaba Wheeler (Director Gender & Development, African Union), Mandy Sanghera (Philanthropist) and Pippa Malmgren (Former Presidential Advisor, Co-founder H Robotics) shared their views and insight on the topic.