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20 June 2017 09:00-16:30Bonniers Konsthall

Sweden is considered to be one of the countries in the best position to deliver on the 2030 Agenda and reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the global Climate Agreement (COP21) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Sweden has also committed to taking leadership for sustainable development in the coming decades, by initiating a high-level "champions" group of nine countries.    

However, our footprint is among the highest in the world. Therefore, local implementation of the global agendas will be key, in Sweden as well as globally, if we are to deliver on the commitments. While many actors and institutions have taken on independent roles to lead the way forward – national leadership must be strengthened and adequately prioritise, minimise obstacles, and support local implementation. By leading the way at home, Sweden can be a global source of inspiration, show good examples and provide tools to support local implementation globally. 

Global Utmaning has identified four areas of particular importance for local implementation of global agendas; global health and well-being, urban development, youth participation and sustainable financing. In four parallel sessions we will discuss how national policies, strategies and recommendations can serve as tools for local implementation. 

On this occasion the new Global Utmaning report 12 Pathways to Global Health – From Evidence to Policy  will be launched. It calls for a social and local focus in the implementation of the global agendas, in order to leave no one behind. 

The conference is organised together with a wide range of Swedish and global collaborative partners and will gather a large multi-stakeholder participation. 

Date: 20 June 2017
Time: 09.00-16.30
Venue: Bonniers Konsthall, Conference Centre, Torsgatan 21, 113 21 Stockholm

Moderator: Johan Hassel, CEO, Global Utmaning, and Member of the Swedish Government’s 2030 Agenda Delegation


08.30 - Registration and coffee

09.20 - Welcome
Johan Hassel (Moderator), CEO, Global Utmaning

09.30 - Keynote
Jeffrey Sachs, Director, SDSN, and Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, USA, Professor Earth Institute (via link)

09.45 – High level panel: Global integrated perspectives
Strategies & success factors in implementing the SDGs
Ulrika Modéer, State Secretary International Development Cooperation
Aart De Geus, President, Bertelsmann Stiftung
Henrik Henriksson, CEO, Scania
Nicolas Gharbi, Policy Analyst European Commission DG Regio

10.45 – High level panel: Local implementation
Local authorities’ importance for the implementation of the SDGs
Puvendra Akkiah, Technical Chair Urban Planning, United Cities and Local Governments 
Hans Magnusson, Acting Director International Organisations and Policy Support, Sida
Kerry Constabile, First Officer 2030 Agenda, UN Secretary General's Office
Christer Larsson, Director City Planning Malmö, INTA, Nordic City Network
Elin Andersdotter Fabre, Global Utmaning

11.45 – High level panel: Social focus key to leave no one behind
From evidence to policy in implementing the SDGs: Launch of Global Utmaning report "12 Pathways to Global Health – From Evidence to Policy "
Carlos Dora, Coordinator Interventions for Healthy Environment, WHO
Kristina Ljungros, Former Chair RFSU, Member of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
Fredrik Saboonchi, Professor of Public Health, Red Cross University College
Tobias Alfvén, Associate Professor of Global Health, Karolinska Institutet
Rosanna Färnman, Global Utmaning

12.45 – Key note
Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment

13.00 – Lunch break

13.20  Introduction to Bonnier Art exhibition
Magnus af Petersens , Director, Bonniers Konsthall
Guided tour of exhibitions 

14.00 – Parallel sessions
Upon special registration only

(A) National Urban Forum: Towards a National Urban Policy
In Bonnier Conference Center

The overall objective of the National Urban Forum is to raise the profile of local implementation of the global agendas at the country level towards improved sustainable urbanization strategies, policies and programs, through a highly participative format strongly encouraging feedback and input from all attendees.

The expected outcomes of the forum are knowledge base building – capacity building, tools and national support for implementation, engagement – a permanent multi-stakeholder platform, awareness raising – putting the local and urban dimensions at the centre of national priorities, and policy advice – elaborating on a National Urban Policy. 

The focus of this National Urban Forum will be the multi-stakeholder formulation of a National Urban Policy. It will serve as input to the Governments’ initiatives and be a platform for safeguarding the adequacy and implementation of policy at the local level.

Among the participants:
Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment
Kerry Constabile, First Officer 2030 Agenda, UN Secretary General's Office
Jane Reid, National Urban Policy Expert UN-Habitat
Carlos Dora, Coordinator of Interventions for Healthy Environment, WHO
Regitze Hess, International Federation for Housing and Planning
Christer Larsson, Director of City Planning Malmö, INTA, Nordic City Network
Anna Graaf, Sustainability Director White Architects
Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm Resilience Centre
Jeet Misry,  Urban expert WWF
Peter Wasström, Head International Services Lantmäteriet
Helena Olsson, SKL International
Shea Hagy, HSB Living Lab/Chalmers University of Technology
Nicolas Gharbi, Policy Analyst European Commission DG Regio

(B) From Evidence to Policy: Towards a Swedish Strategy for Social Development and Global Health
In Biblioteket, Bonniers Konsthall (held in Swedish)

Global health and social well-being emphasises cross-border health issues and involves many disciplines within and outside health sciences. Hence, it is crucial that health and well-being is an important and integrated part of all Swedish international development cooperation and foreign policy. 

The discussion will provide a platform to explore and exchange ideas, discuss Sweden's added-value, comparative advantages, and how experts can jointly provide input and guidance for global health to be an integrated part of policy. We will gather cross-sectoral experiences and knowledge, and use the report 12 Pathways to Global Health – From Evidence to Policy as point of departure for discussions. The session will include introductory speakers, followed by smaller group discussions, and a concluding discussion with the intention to draft joint recommendations from experts on going forward in the SDG-era.

Among the participants:
Moderator: G��ran Tomson, Senior adviser, SIGHT  Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation, Kungliga Vetenskapsakademin
Rapporteur: Rosanna Färnman, Project manager, Global Utmaning
Speaker: Sofia Lindegren, MD, Swedish Medical Association
Speaker: Gabriella Sandstig, Lecturer, Gothenburg University
Speaker: Kristian Kvint, (CARe), Gothenburg University
Gun-Britt Andersson, EBA and Global Utmaning
Kristina Ljungros, RFSU and IPPF
Fredrik Saboonchi, Red Cross University College
Tobias Alfvén, Karolinska Institutet
Johan Dahlstrand, SIGHT, Kungliga Vetenskapsakademin
Helena Nordenstedt, Karolinska Institutet and Gapminder Foundation

(C) Long-term Implementation: Recommendations by the '1.8 Billion Generation'
In Hela Världen, Bonnier Conference Center

”The largest generation of young people in human history can become the problem-solving producers, creators, entrepreneurs, change agents and leaders of the common decades” (UNFPA, The power of 1,8 Billion).

UNSCR 2250 is the first resolution that deals specifically with the role of young people concerning issues of peace and security. Developing the important role youth can play will be a key aspect of the sustainability and inclusiveness of implementation. Translating UNSCR 2250 into action will be essential to meet the global agendas and transform society towards long-term sustainability for generations to come.

Particular focus on SDG 11, 16 and 17. The New Urban Agenda show clear examples of resolving conflicts at the local level by engaging youth to lead positive change in their own communities. The “1,8 billion generation” therefore commit to formulate a set of recommendations to policymakers to move in the right direction, pin-point priorities and highlight gaps, to support Swedish UNSCR 2250 implementation.

Among the participants:

Anna Lekvall, Executive director Fryshuset/Pluralism & Dialogue institutet
Hanna Kroksson, Vice president National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations, LSU
Anton Alsander, Project manager FORUM,  umbrella organization for civil society organizations working within the social sphere.
Banafsheh Hejazi, Strategist City of Stockholm
Viktor Sundman, Peace, Security and Disarmament Officer på UN Association of Sweden
Birgitta Englin, Senior Advisor Global Utmaning

(D) Success Factors behind Progress - How do we reach and finance the SDGs?
In Bistron, Bonniers Konsthall

Aart De Geus, Bertelsmann Stiftung
Mats Ringborg, Ambassador
Kajsa B Olofsgård, 2030 Agenda Ambassador 
Maja Brisvall, Quantified Planet
Johan Hassel, CEO Global Utmaning

16.30 – End of programme
Meet up in Bonniers Konsthall entrance hall  

16.30 – Urban walk
Torsgatan-Vasagatan-Strömgatan-to the boat at Strömkajen (close to Grand Hotel)

17.30 – Urban boat tour 
Public transport to the city of Vaxholm, via the Stockholm inner archipelago

19.00 – Official reception 
Inauguration of the Global Goals Lab

21.00 – Return to Stockholm
With public transport

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