What’s Happening at UNGA 74?

10 September 2019
Policy Innovation

Otilia Enica  | Research Assistant - Delta 8.7

The 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 74) will take place in New York from 17 September to 30 September 2019. In addition to the general debate, UNGA 74 features six other high level events. Several official and unofficial side events will take place simultaneously, offering a wealth of opportunities to learn and participate in discussions related to forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour. Below is a tentative list of events that will be of interest to policy actors, researchers and others in the space.


Events on Modern Slavery

23 September 

Unlocking What Works to End Modern Slavery
Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Victor Borge Auditorium, Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave
Host: Freedom Fund and Walk Free Foundation
Access: Registration required; email rsvp@freedomfund.org to confirm attendance

Presentation and panel discussion hosted by the Freedom Fund and the Walk Free Foundation to share findings from independent evaluations of their models to end modern slavery.

Data Driven Impact: Ending Modern Slavery – Global Situation Space within the World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Speaker: James Cockayne
Location: Convene, 730 Third Ave and WEF Office, 350 Madison [venue information provided by host upon registration]
Host: World Economic Forum (WEF)
Access: WEF membership required; registration required

The Sustainable Development Impact Summit is the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting for integrating and leveraging the best examples of public-private cooperation, systems thinking and Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to progress the Sustainable Development Agenda. The Data-Driven Impact series visualizes the pace of change in important issues, using NASA time-lapse imagery and geospatial data to inform discussion on accelerating progress to achieve the SDGs. This session focuses on ending modern slavery. 

24 September

Delivering on Goal 16 – a legal working group
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Speakers: Christina Koulias (UN Global Compact), Antonio Zappulla (Thomson Reuters Foundation) and Ayotola Jagun (Oando)
Location: 3 Times Square
Host: Thomson Reuters, Thomson Reuters Foundation, UN Global Compact
Access: Invitation only

Thomson Reuters, the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the UN Global Compact will host an interactive morning session with experts from across the legal community. It will focus on how lawyers within companies and firms can support efforts to integrate SDG 16 into their corporate DNA and work with various actors to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against children.

Countering Impunity to End Trafficking in Persons
Time: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Valiant Richey (OSCE); Kalliopi Mingeirou (UN Women); Myria Vassiliadou (EU); Kevin Hyland (GRETA/Santa Marta Group); Shandra Woworuntu (Mentari Survivor Empowerment Program Inc); and Simone Monasebian (UNODC)
Location: City Bar Justice Centre
Host: UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group Against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT)
Access: Registration required; to RSVP, please email Michelle Mendes Meireles Silva at Michelle.silva@unwomen.org by 23 September

The event will address the current state of affairs, and explore what can be done to make countering impunity a cornerstone of global and regional efforts to end trafficking. It will feature an exhibition from renowned international humanitarian photographer Lise Kristine, From the Frontlines of Human Trafficking. The panel will end at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a cocktail reception that will last until 9 p.m.

26 September

Promoting Multi-Agency Responses to Combat Trafficking in Persons: Accomplishments and milestone initiatives of the UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group Against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT)
Time: 4.pm. – 5:30 p.m.
Speakers: Foreign Minister Dendias (Greece); Yury Fedotov (UNODC, ICAT); Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (UN Women, ICAT); Ambassador Greminger (OSCE, ICAT); Ambassador Richmond (USA); Representative of the Republic of Belarus; Maria Vassiliadou (EU); Simone Monasebian (UNODC)
Location: Conference Room A, UNHQ
Access: RSVP only; email Michelle Mendes Meireles Silva at michelle.silva@unwomen.org by 20 September

A high-level panel presenting ICAT achievements and strategic initiatives, including under its 2019-2020 UN Women-OSCE co-chairpersonship. By highlighting its recent work and products, including in the area of technology, forced labour, procurement and supply chains, the event will provide an opportunity to discuss how ICAT can further support collaborative efforts between the UN system, Member States, NGOs and practitioners in the fight against trafficking in persons through technology and procurement and supply chain.

27 September

Liechtenstein Initiative Financial Sector Commission: “Unlocking Potential: A Blueprint for Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking”
Time: 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Speakers: Prof. Muhammad Yunus; Foreign Minister Blok (Netherlands); Foreign Minister Payne (Australia); Fiona Reynolds (PRI); Timea Nagy Payne and James Kofi Annan (and others)
Location: Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), 405 East 42nd St
Host: United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) and Mission of Liechtenstein
Access: Register HERE by 17 September 2019
Webcast will be available at UN Web TV

The final report of the Liechtenstein Initiative for a Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, Unlocking Potential: A Blueprint for Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking, will be released at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 27 September 2019 during the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Week. The Blueprint sets out how financial sector actors can work through individual and collective action to address modern slavery and human trafficking. 

Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking
Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Speakers: (Moderator) Frederick Reynolds (Barclays); Fiona Reynolds (PRI); Tanja Cuppen (ABN AMRO); Stuart Davis (Scotiabank); James Kofi Annan (Challenging Heights); Dr James Cockayne (UNU-CPR)
Location: Barclays Investment Bank, 745 7th Ave, 32nd Floor
Host: UNU-CPR and Barclays
Access: Register HERE by 25 September 2019

This event, hosted by Barclays on 27 September 2019, will bring the banking community together to discuss the final report of the Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, Unlocking Potential: A Blueprint for Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking, which will be released earlier that day at the United Nations. The event will also provide information on a new initiative being launched with a number of leading banks to strengthen survivor access to financial services.

Other Events of Interest

21 September

Bringing Labor and Climate Justice Movements Together for a Sustainable Future
Time: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Speakers: N/A
Location: 4 West 43rd St, Aqua Room
Host: Sustaining All Life and United to End Racism
Access: Public

Workshop led by labour leaders to provide information about organizing to make sure all voices are valued and heard, differences are understood, and creating unity around common interests as workers who share the same planet.

23 September

Business Fights Poverty NYC
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Featured Speakers
Location: Credit Suisse, 11 Madison Ave
Host: Credit Suisse, CDC Group and Visa
Access: Registration required with fee

Gathering bringing together a select group of around 100 senior professionals from business and the international development community to explore the theme of rethinking collaboration for the Sustainable Development Goals. Keynotes and panel discussion followed by intimate private working lunches to drill down on questions, such as:

  • How can we embed purpose authentically into business?
  • How can business advance gender equality across the value chain by engaging men as allies?
  • What role can business play in tackling gender-based violence?
  • How can consumer goods companies harness technology to most effectively tackle modern slavery in their global supply chains?
  • How can businesses support those most vulnerable through the transition to the future of work?

Driving Change, Realizing Impact: Launching the Principles for Responsible Banking
Time: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: BNP Paribas, The Equitable Tower, 787 7th Ave
Featured Speakers
Host: BNP Paribas, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Access: Registration required

The highly anticipated Principles for Responsible Banking will be publicly launched by their 30 Founding Banks on September 23rd, at a high-level event hosted at BNP Paribas.The event will bring together bank CEOs and global thought leaders, as well as environmental and sustainable development experts to explore the implementation and impact potential of the newly launched Principles for Responsible Banking.

24 September

HLPF Under UNGA 74: Accelerating the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 
Time: 24 – 25 September
Location: UNHQ
Access: Closed
Webcast will be available at UN Web TV

“On 24 and 25 September 2019, Heads of State and Government will gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to follow up and comprehensively review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event is the first UN summit on the SDGs since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015.” The programme of the SDG Summit includes an opening, two plenary sessions for statements delivered on behalf of groups of Member States, six thematic “Leaders Dialogue” sessions, and a closing.

International Conference on Sustainable Development
Time: 24 – 25 September
Featured Speakers
Location: Lerner Hall, Columbia University, West 114th St
Access: Registration required with fee (Free for full time students)

“The International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) provides a forum for academia, government, civil society, UN agencies, and the private sector to come together to share practical solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event will feature keynotes from Heads of State, high-level UN officials, and sustainability experts as well as engaging panels and over 400 presentations on sustainable development research.”

Social Innovation Summit @ UNGA 2019 VIP Breakfast: The Future of Work
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Logistics information provided upon registration
Host: Landmark Ventures and partners
Access: Registration required

An interactive breakfast roundtable conversation that will seek to identify the current gaps in today’s education-to-employment pipelines and identify approaches to strengthening the workforce of tomorrow.

India’s Private Giving: Unpacking Domestic Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: Tata Innovation Center, Cornell Tech Campus, 11 East Loop Rd
Host: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Centre on Philanthropy
Access: Registration required

A high-level meeting to explore new data and fresh perspectives on domestic philanthropic giving in India building upon the recent report by the OECD Centre on Philanthropy that examines the data collected from 50 large domestic philanthropic organisations in India. “By applying OECD statistical standards to domestic philanthropic flows in India, the report provides comparisons with other sources of funding for development in India – such as international philanthropic flows and Official Development Assistance (ODA).”

Are We Failing Girls: Learning from What Doesn’t Work to Improve Girls’ Lives
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, 245 E 47th St, Floor 3
Host: Population Council
Access: Registration required

Population Council hosts discussion on how the world’s reticence to use and deploy evidence, and, in particular, our reticence to learn from failure, is failing adolescent girls.

A Conversation: ‘Every Livelihood is a Digital Livelihood’
Time: 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Tata Innovation Centre 391, Cornell Tech, 11 E Loop Rd
Host: Caribou Digital
Access: Invite only

Caribou Digital to discuss how global digitization requires a reframing of the development sector approach to livelihoods, ‘the future of work’ and the challenges of poverty alleviation and inclusion. Their recent research has focused on how two specific elements—skills and ID—mediate the ability of individuals in emerging markets to pursue livelihoods in global digitization.

Launch of the Organized Crime Index for Africa
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Scandinavian House, 58 Park Ave
Host: ENACT, Institute for Security Studies (ISS), INTERPOL and Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
Access: Registration required; to RSVP please email Theresa Hume at Theresa.hume@globalinitiative.org or Naomi Tite at ntite@issafrica.org

Event to launch the Organised Crime Index for Africa, a multi-dimensional tool that looks at the scope and scale of criminal markets on the continent, the structure and degree of influence of criminal actors involved, and assesses the level of state resilience to counter organised crime.

Social Innovation Summit @ UNGA 2019 VIP Dinner: Tech for Good
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Logistics information provided upon registration
Host: Landmark Ventures and Porter Novelli
Access: Registration required

Landmark Ventures in partnership with Porter Novelli host an intimate VIP dinner that will bring together cross-sector leaders for a discussion on the crossover between Technology, Innovation and Social Impact.

25 September

Data for NOW (Accelerating SDG Progress Through Timely Data)
Time: 7:15 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Speakers: Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General; Eric Jing (Alibaba); Vera Songwe (UN Economic Commission for Africa); Rebecca Moore (Google Earth); Rajesh Mirchandani (UN Foundation); Claire Melamed (Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data); and Shaida Badiee (Open Data Watch)
Location: Ford Center for Social Justice, 320 E 43rd St
Host: Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Access: Invite only

Event by Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data to discuss the “urgent need for more accurate, timely and comprehensive data to make the SDGs an actionable framework for sustainable development that can drive policies and programs in real time for all people.” 

Promoting Innovation and Infrastructure Development: A Pathway for Boosting Manufacturing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Location: Delegates Dining Room, 4thFloor, UNHQ
Host: UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), African Union Commission (AUC), UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Development Bank (AfDB), the AfroChampions Initiative, African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)
Access: Registration required

Discussion on the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA 3) including; promoting innovation and infrastructure in favour of boosting manufacturing in Africa; leveraging global partnerships within the IDDA III framework; and identifying sectors that provide opportunities for stakeholders to use modern technology such as Industry 4.0 to circumvent traditional paths in industrial development.

UNGA Conference 2019: Transforming Our World, Inclusive Social Development for All
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: 4 West 43 St
Host: Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF)
Access: Registration required

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) is organizing its annual UNGA Conference “Transforming our World: Inclusive Social Development for All” on Wednesday focusing on the central themes of achieving inclusive social development, youth empowerment, and human rights for sustainable development.

Standards for Digitalization of Inclusive and Sustainable Value Chains
Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Speakers: Details shared by hosts upon invitation
Location: South Dining Room, Level 4 South, UNHQ
Host: The Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates in New York, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS)
Access: Invite Only

Event hosted by the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates in New York, UNIDO and GMIS, bringing together a panel of policymakers discussing the importance of international cooperation in developing sustainable, inclusive, forward-looking practices. Also providing a deeper understanding of the importance of reliable global standards, the establishment of which will help guide the use of advanced technologies in an age of rapid digital transformation.

A Goal Within Reach: Ending the institutionalization of children to ensure no one is left behind
Time: 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Location: Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Ave (at 44th St)
Speakers: Foreign Minister Zaharieva (Bulgaria); Najat Maalla M’jid (Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children); Virginia Gamba de Potgieter (Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict); Delia Pop (Hope and Homes); Vidhya Ganesh (UNICEF); H.R.H. Prince Mired Raad Zeid al-Hussein (Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities); Veliko Velikov (Lumos)
Host: Delegation of the European Union to the UN, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Bulgaria to the UN, the Permanent Mission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Lumos Foundation
Access: Registration required; RSVP to advocacy@wearelumos.org

Of those at greatest risk of being left behind in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are children living in vulnerable situations. Member states will share their policies and good practices in transitioning away from institutional care towards supporting families and strengthening communities. Participants will reaffirm their commitment to leave no child behind.

Child Marriage in Humanitarian Settings Reception
Time: 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice, Susan Berresford Room, 320 East 43rd St
Host: Ford Foundation, NoVo Foundation and Girls Not Brides
Access: Registration required

A reception hosted by Ford Foundation, NoVo Foundation, and Girls Not Brides to showcase how civil society organizations and partners are working together to address child marriage in humanitarian settings.

26 September

High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development
Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Trusteeship Council Chamber, UNHQ
Access: Closed
Webcast available at UN Web TV

On Thursday, 26 September, there will be a high-level dialogue on financing for development (FfD) to provide leadership and guidance on the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, identify progress and emerging challenges and mobilize further action to accelerate implementation..

28 September

AI Sustainable Development Summit
Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: 10X Ventures, 214 W 39th St, Penthouse
Host: AI Sustainable Development Group
Access: Registration required with fee

The AI Sustainable Development Summit was founded by former UN Advisors and technologists as a means to accelerate progress on the world’s most ambitious challenges. Our mission is to integrate AI, big data, and Internet-of-Things (I0T) solutions into social impact projects within the UN ecosystem, international policy, and through private sector applications.

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