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Generation17 https://generation17.undp.org/ SDG focused initiative in collaboration with Samsung to elevate the voices of young leaders. In 2019, the Global Goals App was pre-installed in Samsung phones. The app allowed young people to learn about SDGs. The app also included a donation mechanism to fund UNDP initiatives. Cohorts have now been created to provide young leaders with mentorship and networking opportunities with UNDP issue experts. The young leaders also benefit from networking with each other. Technical support is also provided. UNDP supports the young leaders by finding advocacy opportunities in various processes and fora for them to engage with and to highlight their work. The first cohort of 4 youth leaders was established in 2020. A second cohort was assembled in 2021 with 4 youth leaders. The participants were selected on basis of leaders who are already working on SDG related issues, in countries unlikely to receive support.
Heart17 https://heart17.com/ Global initiative focused on generating advocacy and impact on the 17 SDGs in partnership with Heart 17, a social startup, with the support of progressive businesses and brands. The Heart 17 platform includes videos of young leaders discussing causes relating to climate change, mental health, and governance among others. Through a petition-style platform viewers can get information, donate, and engage with social media. The platform will have a positive narrative in order to empower young people. In development, potential launch spring. Includes private sector partner.
16x16 https://www.youth4peace.info/ Initiative spotlights and supports 16 youth advocates and leaders in advancing SDG 16. The youth advocates collaborate with UNDP's Youth Global Programme. Each youth advocate represents a geographically and thematically diverse organisation, movement or network. They focus on different but overlapping SDG16 targets. Platform identifies advocacy space for cohort - youth advocates participated in the 2019 Preparatory Conference for the HLPF on SDG16, in Rome. A blog series has been developed for each youth advocate to highlight their work. The youth advocates also collaborate with UNDP in joint webinars and consultations.
Global Coalition on Youth Peace and Security The Global Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security | Youth4Peace Portal The Global Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security (GCYPS) is the leading platform for shaping global policy and practice on youth, peace, and security. The GCYPS facilitates exchange, coordination, and collaboration between more than 70 organizations from civil society, including youth-led and youth-focused organizations, UN entities, donors, academia and inter-governmental bodies. The GCYPS is co-chaired by the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders), Search for Common Ground (SFCG) and the United Nations (Peacebuilding Support Office – PBSO and United Nations Population Fund – UNFPA). The objective of the GCYPS is to strengthen youth participation in peacebuilding policy and practice. The GCYPS is a platform for member organizations to: Support policy and programmatic efforts in the field of youth, peace and security; Enable partnerships between youth, multilateral, governmental and civil society actors; Generate collective knowledge on youth, peace and security; Monitor progress and measure the impact of the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 2250 (2015) and 2419 (2018); Advocate for young people’s meaningful and inclusive participation in policy-making at the global, regional and national levels.
People's Climate Vote The Peoples' Climate Vote | United Nations Development Programme (undp.org) Peoples' Climate Vote is the largest survey of public opinion on climate change ever conducted. The aim of the Peoples' Climate Vote is to connect the public to policymakers – and to provide the latter with reliable information on whether people considered climate change an emergency, and how they would like their countries to respond.  CSOS engaged from outset at the centre of the development work. CSO representatives featured in launch events. Initiaitve driven by CS.
Mission 1.5 Mission 1.5 (mission1point5.org) Using mobile gaming technology, Mission 1.5 educates people about climate solutions and asks them to vote on the actions that they want to see happen. The votes will then be compiled and analyzed by researchers at the University of Oxford before being delivered to government leaders and climate policymakers. Results will be compiled and presented by gender, age, and country. Using randomized samples, the global results will reflect how accurately people voted in each country. In this way Mission 1.5 will allow policymakers to gain vital insights into global perceptions about climate action. UNDP team used gaming app to reach a wide, pop-culture, mainstream audience. Created committee of young people/ CSOs to  think through, what would resonate with them. Committee remained throughout development of product.
Voices and perspectives of civil society on the gendered dimensions of violent extremism and counterterrorism responses: Report (Global digital consultation) Gendered-dimensions-of-violent-extremism-Outcome-report-en.pdf (unwomen.org) The Gender Working Group of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact organized the global digital consultation on “Voices and perspectives of civil society on the gendered dimensions of violent extremism and counterterrorism responses”, from 25 May to 5 July 2020, funded by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre in the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism. The consultation was open to civil society participants, including independent women’s/women-led civil society organizations (CSOs), CSOs with strong credentials as gender equality advocates, and independent women’s human rights and gender equality activists. More than 140 civil society representatives from 43 countries across the world participated in the consultation. The consultation provided a safe space for civil society participants to express their views, challenges, and recommendations on the gendered dimensions of terrorism and violent extremism, and on the impact that current measures to prevent violent extremism and counter terrorism have on their work and rights. Views and recommendations from civil society were gathered in a public statement developed by civil society members. A series of technical publications were also produced, including an outcome report and regional analytical papers highlighting issues specific to key regions represented in the consultation.
Invisible Women: Gendered Dimensions of Return, Rehabilitation and Reintegration from Violent Extremism: Report Invisible Women: Gendered Dimensions of Return, Rehabilitation and Reintegration from Violent Extremism - ICAN (icanpeacework.org) The joint United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) publication, Invisible Women: Gendered Dimensions of Return, Reintegration and Rehabilitation, is an effort to map the gaps and challenges pertaining to the reintegration and rehabilitation of women and girls associated with violent extremist movements and establish a preliminary evidence-base of good practices and approaches. The report and its methodology centralize the experiences of local civil society, in particular women-led civil society organizations (CSOs) who contributed to the report through interviews, dialogues, and case study profiles. The research emphasizes the necessity of integrated, multi-stakeholder approaches that enable state and civil society to work in tandem, based on the comparative advantages of each.
International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development / Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers’ Core and Advisory Group PaRD Homepage - PaRD International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (partner-religion-development.org) PaRD brings together governmental and intergovernmental entities with diverse civil society organisations (CSOs) and faith-based organisations (FBOs), to engage the social capital and capacities vested in diverse faith communities for sustainable development and humanitarian assistance in the spirit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers’ Core and Advisory Group Peacemakersnetwork The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers was established in January 2013 by the initiative of United Nations Mediation Support Unit (MSU) to encourage entities that work with these peacemakers to increase their cooperation, develop together better mechanisms for support and provide advice for United Nations entities when suitable. The main structure of the Network is the Advisory Group, consisting of key organizations implementing programmes that support religious and traditional peacemakers. The Advisory Group meets annually and takes increasing ownership of steering the Network and ensuring that its functions are helpful for their programmes and joint activities.
Global Steering Committee for the Implementation of the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes (Plan of Action) Press Release: Religious Leaders and Actors Gather in Vienna to Discuss How to Prevent Incitement to Violence - Peacemakers Network Multistakeholder platform
Equator Prize, Knowledge, Community Dialogues Equator Initiative – The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Equator Prize - Recognises and advances local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Equator Knowledge - Trainings targeted at CSOs and government officials. Delivered through UNOPS. Equator Community Dialogues. In 2002, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the Equator Initiative launched its first community dialogue, the Community Kraal. The success of the Community Kraal inspired a further twenty-one community dialogues over the following fifteen years that have celebrated grassroots efforts in conserving biodiversity, improving local livelihoods and well being, and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. During this time, more than 500 community members have participated in these forums, forging partnerships between their organizations and linking local leaders with policy makers at the international level. (Limited global-level CS engagement)
Small Grants Programme & SGP Upgraded Country Programme Welcome to The GEF Small Grants Programme (undp.org) SGP supports community-based initiatives led by civil society and community-based organizations that address environment and development issues of global relevance. CS not just beneficiaries but main actors in design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programmes. Programmes provide technical assistance, create space for engagement, allow local communities to be part of government platforms at landscape and potentially national level. Most mature SGP country programmes upgraded to full size projects. (Limited global-level CS engagement)
UN-REDD Programme Home | UNREDD (un-redd.org) UN-REDD is the flagship UN knowledge and advisory partnership on forests and climate to reduce forest emissions and enhance forest carbon stocks. It is the largest international provider of REDD+ assistance, supporting its 65 partner countries to protect their forests and achieve their climate and sustainable development goals.
New York Declaration on Forests: Part of Nature4Climate coalition, organising Nature' Climate Hub Home - Forest Declaration The Forest Declaration Platform fosters political ambition, scales up and accelerates action, and enables critical accountability to end natural forest loss and restore 350 million hectares of degraded landscapes and forestlands by 2030.
Multidimensional Poverty Index The 2021 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) | Human Development Reports (undp.org) Team works with Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at global level. When a Multidimensional Poverty Index is conducted at national, sub-national level the team engages with COs to identify active CSOs to vet the process and the proposed package as well as ensure that the process is owned nationally. CSOs vary depending on country context, emphasis on women focused CSOs. Team currently capacity building on poverty measurements. MOOC in process at the moment with high civil society engagement. (Limited global-level CS engagement)
Social Protection (and Future of Work) social_protection.pdf (undp.org) Initiative focuses on workers in informal employment, unpaid care jobs, and non-standard work. Mostly engage with Women's network and Youth networks i.e. Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), Southern African Social Protection Experts Network. Also engage with Trade Unions via International Labour Organization (ILO). Team engages with think tanks and academia at for advsiory assistance multi-level i.e. Oxford Poberty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). (Limited global-level CS engagement).
Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies HOME | Globalalliance (un-globalalliance.org) Coordinating platform for UN Member States, private sector, civil society and UN Agencies to promote and strengthen evidence based reporting, monitoring and measurement of Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16).
Practical Guides on Political Participation of Persons with Psychosocial and Intellectual Disabilities; on Political Participation of LGBTI+ people; Practical Guide on Elections & Internet, Social Media; Reference Guide for Women's Representation and Political Participation Political Participation of Persons with Intellectual or Psychosocial Disabilities | United Nations Development Programme (undp.org) Through the framework of a joint programme funded through the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Multi Partner Trust Fund (UNPRPD MPTF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with Inclusion International, has developed a new practical guide on how to strengthen the political participation of persons with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities. In keeping with the principle Nothing About Us Without Us this publication was developed through a highly participatory process including focus groups with persons with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities from all around the world. The guide, also available in Easy Read version, is designed to be a practical tool for governments, election management bodies, organizations of persons with disabilities, civil society organizations, and electoral assistance providers.
Guidance Note on Disability Inclusive Development; UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabiltiies Disability Inclusive Development in UNDP | United Nations Development Programme The Guidance Note incorporates a reflection on UNDP’s comparative advantage and the diversity and depth of interventions undertaken by UNDP which is a testimony to the organization’s efforts in supporting disability inclusive development across UNDP’s mandate, both as a means in itself and a catalyst for sustainable human development. Lastly, it delves into pertinent issues of data, programming and innovation and emphasizes efforts to support civic engagement and participation of persons with disabilities and our strategic and dedicated partnerships to support disability inclusion.
LGBTI Inclusion Index LGBTI Index | United Nations Development Programme (undp.org) In line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNDP is leading efforts to develop an LGBTI Inclusion Index to measure development outcomes for LGBTI people and inform policies, programmes and investments for strengthening LGBTI inclusion and rights.  This publication provides a set of 51 indicators in the areas of health, education, civil and political participation, economic empowerment, security and violence. UNDP, in partnership with the World Bank and key civil society partners undertook comprehensive consultations to develop and validate these indicators. The indicators are in line with the SDG global indicator framework and supported by explanatory notes, as well as references to potential data sources. The primary audience for this publication is policy makers, academics, data specialists, and civil society. Civil society representatives engaged from outset and expectations outlined clearly. Multiple 'committee' meetings with CSOs. Feedback on contributions provided.
UNDP-PGA Handbook for Parliamentarians Taking Action against AIDS – Handbook for Parliamentarians | United Nations Development Programme (undp.org) Advancing the Human Rights and Inclusion of LGBTI People: A Handbook for Parliamentarians has been jointly produced by the United Nations Development Programme and Parliamentarians for Global Action. This Handbook sets out relevant human rights frameworks and highlights the role of parliamentarians in implementing Agenda 2030, to ensure no one, including LGBTI people, is left behind. It offers practical tips, tools and resources designed to support parliamentarians to undertake legislative, representational and oversight activities that advance the rights and inclusion of LGBTI people.
Being LGBTI Programmes Being LGBTI | United Nations Development Programme (undp.org) Regional programmes aimed at addressing inequality, violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status, and promotes universal access to health and social services. It is a collaboration between governments, civil society, regional institutions and other stakeholders to advance the social inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The programme brings key stakeholders together to foster a greater understanding of the marginalization and exclusion faced by LGBTI people in the region. The purpose of this is to identify, discuss and eventually move beyond the obstacles that contribute to exclusion, discrimination and violence against people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities. This objective includes facilitating South-South cooperation and learning opportunities among governments, civil society, human rights bodies and other stakeholders.
Development Future Series UNDP Development Futures Series | United Nations Development Programme Strategic Policy Engagement will launch series of policy briefs “Development Future Series” aimed at UNDP staff as an avenue for them to publish their work. No engagement at present but opportunity for UNDP staff to collaborate with research or CSO partners.
Tripartite Partnership GANHRI-UNDP-OHCHR Tripartite Partnership - GANHRI UNDP, GANHRI, and OHCHR, having enjoyed a strategic Tripartite Partnership (TPP) since 2011, agreed in October 2016 on a vision for scaling up joint support to national human rights institutions, GANHRI and its four NHRI regional networks. provide an integrated partnership to support UN human rights assistance to NHRIs in particular in crisis contexts, with the aim of streamlining assessment of needs, planning and delivery to improve overall impact of support to NHRIs at global, regional and country levels based on innovative approaches, joint resource mobilization to fund new and ongoing initiatives and the joint generation and provision of knowledge, human capacity and expert technical advice to national partners, as well as UN, regional organizations, and international leaders in the field
Green Commodities Programme; Poverty-Envrionment Initiative greencommodities.org The UNDP Green Commodities Programme exists to improve the national, economic, social and environmental performance of agricultural commodity sectors. In 2010, UNDP launched the GCP in recognition of the importance of global agricultural commodities in achieving the SDGs, with a mission to: Improve the lives of farmers and their communities and protect high conservation value forest and important vulnerable ecosystems.
Women Peace & Security Consultation; Youth Empowering Climate Change Consultation UNDP-Elevating-Meaningful-Youth-Engagement-for-Climate-Action-2.pdf Women Peace & Security Consultation: Consultation held via SparkBlue with UN Women. Engaged ICAN and WILF International from outset in conceptualization and planning discussions. Iterative process.
Youth Empowering Climate Change Consultation: 100-150 contributors, cross-cutting activists, young experts. Virtual event also held.
Global Project for Conflict Prevention & Peacebuilding; Insider Mediation Engaging with Insider Mediators - Sustaining peace in an age of turbulence | United Nations Development Programme (undp.org) Guidance Note explores the relevance of insider mediation in 21st century practice-policy landscape, seeks to foster an understanding of the theoretical and practical underpinnings of the 'insider mediation' concept and provide practical knowledge and a step-by-step guide to engaging with insider mediators. Case studies are used throughout the Guidance Note to highlight how insider mediators work on a wide range of thematic issues, including peace processes, natural resource-related conflicts, electoral-related violence, building social cohesion and addressing religious and faith-related issues.
Policy & Advsiory Support; Knowledge Products; Global Campaign 'United Against Corruption' The International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) (iaccseries.org) IACC seeks to build the global anti-corruption momentum by assessing the effectiveness of the global fight against corruption, addressing existing gaps between anti-corruption policies, institutions and their effectiveness, and ensuring a strong commitment of political leaders, international institutions, the private sector and civil society organizations in their collective action to fight corruption.