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19th May

09.55 - 10.55: Futures thinking: Advancing the Global Reset Dialogue

Advancing the global reset dialogue requires new ways of thinking, especially about the future. Thinking strategically about future threats and disasters is critical as increasing natural events and conflict caused by climate change will only increase in future. This discussion aims to look at futures thinking and how this can be applied to the sustainable development goals. 

Speakers:

  • Ms Krizna Gomez, Impact Strategist and Foresight Practitioner, School of Futures

  • Ms Anastasia Evgrafova, Trendwater & Strategist, VZOR Lab

  • Mr Rohan Patankar, Senior Associate, Quicksand

  • Dr Jon-Hans Coetzer, Chair, International Development Programming Board & Consultant, UNITAR (Moderator)

12.45 - 13.45: SDG 1 and 2: Poverty, income inequality and food insecurity - a vicious cycle

SDG 1 on Ending Poverty and SDG 2 on Zero Hunger are two clearly interrelated goals, cycles of food insecurity, income inequality and poverty will increasingly lead to conflict in other areas, rendering the maintenance of international peace and security more difficult. As we aim to advance the global reset, we must ensure that we leave no one behind and aim to improve food security amongst increasing threats caused by climate change. 

Speakers:

  • Ms Rebecca Richards, Chief, Strategy Development & Partnerships, Emergencies and Transitions, WFP

  • Mr Serge Stroobants, Director Europe and MENA region, Institute for Economics and Peace

  • Ms Dina Saleh, Regional Director, IFAD

  • Fatiha Serour, Co-founder, Justice Impact Lab

14.05 - 15.05: Conceptualizing Critical Peace Youth Initiatives in Conflict Settings

In discussions regarding conflict, young people are often disregarded, however youth can play a very positive role in aiding peacebuilding in societies which are currently recovering from conflict. With an estimated 1.3 billion people amongst the ages of 15-24, youth is often disregarded and at times viewed as potentially dangerous subjects, as male youths have been observed as the main protagonists of criminal and political violence.

Speakers:

  • Ms Kelsey Bjornsgaard, Senior Manager, Civic Action Campaigns and Capacity Building, Institute for Strategic Dialogue (moderator)

  • Mr Nelson Olanipekun, Team Leader, Citizens’ Gavel

  • Ms Valeria Gomez Palacios, Research Assistant, TheGovLab

  • Mr Henri Kabore Sougourounoma, Founder, Youth Interfaith Network

15.20 - 16.20: Youth leadership: promoting youth in international decision making

For political systems to be representative, all parts of society must be included. To make a difference in the longer term, it is essential that young people are engaged in formal political processes and have a say in formulating the policies of today which will have vast implications on our move towards sustainability. Young leaders globally need to be increasingly given the opportunity to express their opinions through international decision making. However, young people are often not trained or provided many opportunities to engage in decision making, as noted by a report from the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development.

Speakers:

  • Ms Virginia Stuart-Taylor, Head Delegate for Y7 2020

  • Ms Neeshad Shafi, Environmentalist and Advocate

  • Mr Reese Wong, youth Activist, ISSIA

  • Mr Alistair Lobo, COO, Future Leaders Network (Moderator)

  • Siddarth Satish, Youth Ambassador, Ariel Foundation International

20th May

9.55 - 10.55: Women, Peace and Security: A Discussion of Gender Dynamics in Practice

War, violent conflict, terrorism and extremism have all had devastating consequences for women and girls. In the face of this, women globally are leading peace movements that aim to rebuild their communities. Yet, irrespective of this, women are oftentimes sidelined in peace processes and negotiations. In order to further this discussion, we are aiming to have a discussion on gender dynamics in practice to see where we can further improve women’s participation in peace and security. 

Speakers:

  • Ms Ngozi Amu, Team Leader and Chief of Research Analysis, UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel

  • Ms Salma Zulfiqar, Artist and Human Rights Activist (Moderator)

  • Ms Henia Dakkak, Head of Policy and Liaison Unit, UNFPA

11.05 - 12.05: Engaging with local communities: ensuring peace, security and justice 

Localisation is increasingly becoming vitally important in all areas of sustainable development, including peace, security and justice. Therefore, exploring how localised peace initiatives have achieved positive outcomes for peace, reconciliation and transformation into peaceful communities. This session will draw on the expertise of peace leaders and civil society activists, learning from how they were able to promote conflict transformation to prevent conflict and promote the justice-peace-security nexus. 

Speakers:

  • Ms Erin Kenny, Spotlight Initiative, UNSG’s Office

  • Dr. Nino Kemoklizde,Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Chichester

  • Prof Joseph Maria Tamarit, Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

  • Ms Ola Saleh, Independent Consultant

  • Dr Daniel Rajmil, Lecturer in International Relations, UOC University

  • Ms Fatiha Serour, Co-founder, Justice Impact Lab

  • Emanuella Toe, Specialist, Social Mobilization of Youth, UNDP

12.45 - 13.45: Sport diplomacy for development & peace

While often located in an international development context, sport can be used as an effective vehicle to reach numerous humanitarian missions, ranging from education and social cohesion to health, reintegration, diplomacy and peace. In this discussion we hope to analyse ongoing successful projects and their impact on peace and development.

Speakers:

  • Ms Amjad Saleem, Manager, Inclusion, Protection & Engagement, IFRC

  • Dr Tamara Awatani, Director, Palestine Sport for Life

  • Dr Ashleigh Huffman, Program Specialist, Sports Diplomacy Division, US Department of State (moderator)

14.05 - 15.05:  TVET: Leaving no-one behind – An Inclusive and Equitable Education

SDG 4 aims to ensure inclusive and an equitable education for all, as we advance this goal, we must further consider how to improve upon training and education, especially when looking at the impacts that COVID has caused to education systems globally. 

Speakers:

  • Carlos Sentis, CEO, World Impact Alliance (moderator)

  • Mr Mikkel Frich, Co-Founder and Executive, Director of Partnerships, Teach Millions

  • Ms Annina Mattsson, Director, ReWired, Dubai Cares

  • Mr Evariste Kambizi, Director, Division for Peace, UNITAR

15.20 - 16.20: Education for all: empowering women and girls

The provision of education is critical for women and girls. Globally due to COVID we have seen reduced levels of education with many students leaving being girls who will most likely not return to school for the foreseeable future. Women’s education is a recognized critical condition for women’s empowerment – enabling greater access and control over material and knowledge resources, thus improving the lives of their families and society as a whole.

Speakers:

  • Ms Catherine White, Gender Expert, UNITAR (moderator)

  • Ms Wongani Grace Taulo, UNICEF Senior Education Adviser, Gender Equity and Inclusion

  • Ms Rose Caldwell, CEO, Plan International UK

  • Ms Rukmini Banerji, CEO, Pratham India

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