We’re only a month away from the 74th UN General Assembly (UNGA) – and the world still has significant work to do if we are to meet the development thresholds set in the SDGs.
This slow progress combined with a new wave of gun violence and hate crimes in the United States, alongside civil unrest and growing protests in cities like Hong Kong, can dull even the sharpest of movements. When world leaders take the stage in a month’s time, only some of the pressing issues facing communities in the US and around the world will be discussed.
Leading into UNGA, we’ll be highlighting how philanthropy is engaging around the SDGs. Council staff will be in NYC attending UNGA side-events as we seek to lift up philanthropy’s voice during this chaotic and challenging time.
Philanthropy will have a presence at many UNGA events, but those particularly relevant to Council members and partners include:
- Scaling Solutions and Impact to Shift Systems – Co-hosted by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Skoll Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, and Porticus.
- India’s Private Giving: Unpacking Domestic Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility – Hosted by the OECD Centre on Philanthropy.
- Goalkeepers – Hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Unlocking the Full Potential of Philanthropy for Development – Co-hosted by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, UNDP, and WINGS within the framework of the SDG Philanthropy Platform and in partnership with Aga Khan Foundation, La Caixa Foundation and Charities Aid Foundation.
If you are planning to attend UNGA this year, be sure to look at our calendar of side events for details on these events and more. And don’t forget to stay tuned to our blog to see highlights throughout September about how foundations such as the Medtronic Foundation are engaging with the SDGs.
All the best,
Manager, Global Philanthropy
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UN and SDG UPDATES
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Dig deeper into the Catalytic Capital Consortium that was launched in March by the MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, and Rockefeller Foundation and explore how it seeks to realize philanthropy’s potential to achieve the SDGs.
The latest Sustainability Leaders Survey reinforces that NGOs are seen as the greatest contributors to sustainable development.
The chair of the Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change writes about the importance of climate action.
Samsung and UNDP launched a new mobile app where people can donate to support the SDGs and learn more about the goals.
Data continues to be at the center of achieving the SDGs, but how will we know our progress if the data we use is 4-5 years old?
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COUNTRY REGULATORY UPDATES
Venezuela | OFAC has released new standards titled, “Guidance Related to the Provision of Humanitarian Assistance and Support to the Venezuelan People,” clarifying that funding humanitarian activities in the country is still permitted. For resources on how to give, visit the Venezuela Country Note.
Hong Kong | Protests continue in Hong Kong, with black shirt protestors closing the airport while Beijing says there are “signs of terrorism”. This is a contentious and potentially explosive time and funders who are active in the region should be cautious, especially given the ongoing trade war. Given recent statements about U.S. meddling in the protests, organizations who fund both mainland China and Hong Kong may want to be alert.
Kashmir | With the scrapping of Article 370 of India’s constitution, the Indian government effectively removed Kashmir’s autonomy. The subsequent lockdown and communications blackout have raised humanitarian concerns while Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has denounced the action. Funders who are active in both countries should be cautious about how the rising tensions may impact their work.
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