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Sustainable and Just Economies: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Crisis and Enabling Factors for the SDGs

Date: 10 Jul 2020

  • Time: 15.00 – 16.30 (CEST)
  • Location: Online
  • Counterpart(s): ILO Green Jobs Programme • International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific) • Global Reporting International (GRI) • Women's Major Group (WMG) • World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) • UN Global Compact • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Project Title: Integrating Knowledge and Capacity Development for the SDGs (Bonn Programme)

Sustainable and Just Economies: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Crisis and Enabling Factors for the SDGs
UNRISD co-hosted a workshop at the 2020 edition of the SDGs Learning, Training & Practice—a series of capacity building and knowledge workshops held at the High-Level Political Forum, the official body for follow-up on achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The workshops featured speakers and experts from academia and other sectors on crucial topics related to the implementation of the SDGs under review in 2020.

Brief description of the course

The COVID-19 crisis and economic impact of the “Great Lockdown” has both highlighted the urgency of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and threatened to roll back progress made since 2015.

Ensuring that the recovery points towards a development model that delivers a triple bottom-line for prosperity, the planet and all people in light of the global pandemic requires coordinated and well-integrated policies to maximize opportunities for more and better jobs, social inclusion, and social justice. Consultation among the main stakeholders of the world of work is instrumental to achieve consensus and respect for labour rights and ensure that no one is left behind during the transition towards sustainable and just economies.

Action is needed to support the 2030 Agenda’s vision of an equal and sustainable world, as well as renewed commitment from governments and businesses to ensure transparency, accountability, and clarity of decision making as well as align efforts towards a just, people-centred recovery during the Decade of Action launched to achieve the SDGs on time.


15.00 – 15.10
Setting the scene

Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Green Jobs Programme Coordinator
What do just transitions entail and how are just transition policies, including social dialogue and transparency, enablers for ensuring that green economies deliver for all?

15.10 – 15.40
Panel discussion
Isabell Kempf, Head of Bonn Office, and Dunja Krause, Research Officer
What does a just transition mean for a broad policy framework? How can the wider political economy framework be integrated into a development model that delivers a triple bottom-line of prosperity, planet and people in light of the COVID-19 crisis?

UN Global Compact
What are a few key examples of business practice contributing to COVID-19 responses and the SDGs with a long-term impact on sustainable and just economies? Why is corporate reporting essential?

IWRAW Asia Pacific and WMG
Constanza Pauchulo, IWRAW Asia Pacific Programme Officer, and Sehnaz Kiymaz Bahçeci, WMG, Coordinator
(i) What are some of the systemic barriers, in relation to the macroeconomic agenda, facing the implementation of Agenda 2030? (ii) What are the accountability gaps within the SDG framework and the role of CEDAW in achieving Agenda 2030? (iii) How can capacity be strengthened to make links between macroeconomic policy, the human rights framework, and the SDGs to enable states to achieve gender equality?

15.40 – 16.10
Presentation of tools
Dan Neale, Lead for Social Transformation
  • SDG2000: a listing of 2,000 companies from the global north and south that will play a key role in whether the SDGs can be achieved
  • WBA Corporate Human Rights benchmark: assesses company responses to COVID-19 in terms of rights and sustainability
  • WBA Social Transformation initiative: assesses influential companies against a common set of core special expectations connected to human rights, equality, and empowerment

Tatiana Krylova, Head of Enterprise Branch
  • GCI: Guidance on core indicators for entity reporting on contribution towards implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • GCI Training Manual

IWRAW Asia Pacific and WMG
Constanza Pauchulo, IWRAW Asia Pacific Programme Officer, and Sehnaz Kiymaz Bahçeci, WMG, Coordinator
  • IWRAW Asia Pacific’s CEDAW-SDG Tool: identifies practical ways of linking the CEDAW framework to the sustainable development framework
  • WMG’s Guide on Engaging with the VNR Process: how to use the voluntary national review (VNR) process to support existing advocacy priorities and engage with their government’s SDG reporting and monitoring processes

16.10 – 16.30
Q&A and concluding remarks
Participants can pose questions directly or via the chatbox