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Focus on sustainable future amidst colliding crises
The time for smart choices is now
The SDG Week in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is a nationally owned meeting, consultation and discussion platform that supports promotion of SDGs in the country. SDG Week in BiH is the UN’s instrument to support the SDG Council in BiH in raising awareness and engaging key audiences in discussions over new trends leading to implementation of Agenda 2030 in BiH.
The SDG Week in BiH is supported by the “Translating the SDGs Framework in BiH into Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (SDG2BiH)”, an initiative funded by Sweden, and implemented by UNDP in partnership with UNICEF and UN Women, under the United Nations’ overall support extended to the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in coordination with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in BIH.
We live in a world where climate change and viruses pay no heed to borders or boundaries. Complex, interconnected crises are the new normal. Simply reacting to crisis after crisis only leads to short-term fixes. Moving ahead and out of crisis mode is possible with robust and cumulative responses that build long-term, sustainable and inclusive ways forward. The COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have shown how fragile human progress can be, and both have re-emphasized the importance of the SDGs as the blueprint for a liveable and just future for everybody.
Crisis can be turned into opportunity for a concerted push towards a sustainable, inclusive and resilient future.
The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs must remain our global compass.
To tackle the interconnected risks we face now in BIH, the country’s institutions, businesses and people need to make smart choices that will pave the way for impactful implementation of the sustainable agenda in the country while increasing resilience, improving competitiveness and security of all. With seven years left until 2030, the focus of the SDG Week 2022 is on accelerating implementation.
SDG week in BiH aims to be a carbon positive event and offset the total CO2 footprint of all events planned by purchasing trees on TvojCO2.ba after the event. UN agencies organizing events in the framework of the SDG Week in BiH 2022 will plant trees for each confirmed participant (investing more to make each event CO2-positive), which will also offset the CO2 emissions produced during the preparation and holding of the event.
The SDG Week in BiH 2022 will take place in the week of 07–14 October 2022.
SDG WEEK CALENDAR OF EVENTS
11:00h-15:00h, Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina
The conference aims at presenting the SDG Financing Roadmap for BIH and at featuring good practices and models for sustainable development financing. In particular, the event would focus on showcasing successful practices and results from countries that established innovative financing instruments in the areas of energy, innovation and green economy. In total, 2 or 3 examples would be presented, potentially from Italy, Malaysia, Serbia or Montenegro. SDG Fund and donor countries to the SDG Fund and the INFF Facility would be invited to participate in person. The event will promote the UN Women work on optimisation of public spending through gender responsive budgeting (GRB) and on SDG Financing through panel discussion.
The event is organized by Mibral, a private construction company based in Sarajevo. The proposal is to plant trees in Sarajevo area (Mount Igman). The event will engage the SDG Council and other prominent members of governments and international community
11:00h-17:00h, Hotel Hills Sarajevo
The 2030 Agenda recognizes migration as a core development consideration and marks the first-time migration integrated explicitly into the global development agenda. The 2030 Agenda is relevant to all mobile populations regardless of whether internal or cross border, displaced or not: “goals and targets will be met for all nations and peoples and all segments of society.” The 2030 Agenda recognizes migrant women, men and children as a vulnerable group to be protected, and as agents of development.
The event will aim to provide the overview of GCM as the first inter-governmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, covering all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner. Focus will be on reintroducing GCM to the relevant stakeholders, including the potential engagement entry points for the stakeholders, the review process including the first International Migration Review Forum (IMRF), BiH participation at this event, while presenting successes, challenges and innovative approaches on Global Compact for Migration implementation in practice to incite the discussion among stakeholders in BiH. This event will be framed around the results of the first International Migration Review Forum held in May in New York grouping the discussion around 3 thematic areas: Inclusion and Regular Pathways, Fight discrimination, Labor migration and Migrant workers’ rights. Participants in the round table will be the key civic society stakeholders.
10:00h-13:00h, Sarajevo City Hall
SDG Council in BiH organizes direct communication with all local governments (LGs) in the country aiming to discuss, promote and make practical steps in localisation of the principles agreed in the SDG Framework in BIH. During the SDG Week, the SDG Council will organize the session in cooperation with LGs in Sarajevo region and discuss process of implementation of Agenda 2030, priorities and challenges in Sarajevo region.
Independent event under the framework of the SDG Week organized by the SDG Council with support of the UN and UNDP.
10:00h-12:00h, Tershouse, Kolodvorska 5, Sarajevo
UNDP ReLOaD project and UN Volunteers will jointly organize one-day workshops for community volunteers, members and youth representatives of CSOs engaging volunteers for their activities. Focus of the event is discussion on the subject of volunteering for SDGs in local communities and advantages of such engagement for youth and communities. Discussion will enhance understanding of SDGs, how SDGs translate to local communities, how to volunteer for SDGs, and how can individuals/organizations/governance inspire others to get informed, raise awareness, and engage. The activity will be organized in one of the partner local governments where ReLOaD project is implemented.
10:30h-13:00h, Hotel Evropa, Sarajevo
The event will bring together representatives of governments and development partners to instigate a policy dialogue on social protection reforms in the context of growing uncertainties. It will provide for: (i) Review of the state of play and recommendations for action in the sector; (ii) Presenting of the UN position paper on social protection in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for BIH 2021-2025; (iii) Review of development partners’ programmes and plans; and (iv) Exchange on opportunities for jointly accelerating social protection reforms in line with the SDG Framework in BIH.
11:00h-13:10h, Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina
This event is a follow-up to the completion of the BiH country-wide consultations on TES, as well as country’s participation at the Pre-Summit and the UN Global Summit on Transforming Education. The objective of the event is to share information with a wide range of educational stakeholders (including emerging actors such as private sector, CSOs, development partners etc.) on BiH consultations outcomes (TES Report and Statement of Commitment to Transforming Education in BiH) to mobilize support to the transformation of education that fits the needs of every child and young person in inclusive and equitable way. Moreover, the event will serve as a platform to communicate to relevant stakeholders on the actions, initiatives, good practices and results achieved so far in the digital transformation of education in BiH.
11:00h-12:30h, Hotel Novotel Bristol, Fra Filipa Lastrića 2, Sarajevo
On the occasion of marking the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR Day) with the aim to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction, on 13 October 2022, at the “Novotel Bristol” hotel in Sarajevo, at 11:00 am. the roundtable “Sendai Framework mid-term review in Bosnia and Herzegovina – accomplishments and way forward” will be held.
The round table will involve approximately 50 professionals involved in the Joint programme “Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina“ that is supported and financed by the Government of Switzerland and the United Nations (UN), relevant entity ministries, civil protection administrations, and BiH Ministry of Security.
The Mid-Term Review of Sendai Framework is designed to assist countries in making risk-informed and prevention-oriented policy decisions to mobilize and direct the necessary means of implementation and partnerships, and support the identification of solutions and best practices.
OHCHR will organize a workshop with the SDG Council, the MHRR, the Human Rights Ombudsmen, the Statistical Institutes and CSOs on the importance of Human Rights Indicators in planning and strategic processes. This event will also aim to encourage meaningful participation of the civil society in the preparation of key documents including the VNR.
The City of Bijeljina proposed organizing two events:
The activities would be organized by the Department for Local Economic Development and European Integration of the City of Bijeljina.
Workshops led by SDG Business Mentors in the field of creation of decent jobs and resources and environment.
Multiple winners of the SDG Business Pioneers Award in thematic field “People” will share insights on their vision of creation of decent jobs, talent retention and why they see SDGs as important pillar in their development.
Independent event under the framework of the SDG Week organized by the Ministry of Programming
Workshops led by SDG Business Mentors in the field of creation of decent jobs and resources and environment.
Events organized under the framework of the SDG Week by Heidelberg Cement with support of UNDP
10:00h-15:00h, National museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
The “Future Talks:” are topical conversations curated by the UNDP Accelerator Lab in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which aim to present global innovative ideas and bold visions that can help solve challenges, shift mindsets and contribute to a better tomorrow for our planet.
The “Future Talks: Circular Future(s) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Beyond” will offer the space to re-imagine the economy of Bosnia and Herzegovina through circularity, guided by the vision set by the draft Circular Economy Roadmap for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The conversation will feature renowned speakers from the entire European continent, exciting case studies on circular economy transition and inspire discussion on the role of the society, economy and government in this transition. The event is intended to spark imagination on possible futures sprouting from today’s visions of a more just and sustainable, healthier and greener economy, showcasing that the circular business models are efficient and applicable also in the developing world.
13:00h-15:00h, Youth Center, Đure Daničića 1, Banja Luka
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UNFPA BiH will organize a thematic discussion on Comprehensive Sexuality Education among youth leveraging the longstanding collaboration with Banja Luka Youth Center. 2022 is a key year in which UNFPA BiH is working closely with the Ministry of Education of both entities for the revision of the Healthy Lifestyle/CSE curriculum and moving forward on its implementation. For this reason, it is important to have youth engagement at this stage to ensure their active participation in the development process, as UNFPA strives to ensure “nothing for youth, without youth”. The thematic discussion will aim at highlighting the needs and requests of youth and ensuring their inclusion in the process of curriculum revision and CSE implementation. This would also be a platform for the Ministry of Education to be able to reach out to youth and hear their voices.
Each UN and partner institutions that will actively organize activities under the SDG Week 2022 will offset its CO2 footprint through purchase of trees using www.tvojCO2.ba platform. SDG Week 2022 will be the first CO2 positive event held in BIH.
A number of private sector companies agreed to join the action and purchase trees. To amplify the message, the tress purchased for this purpose will be planted in the areas that suffered severe fires earlier this summer (Herzegovina).
Joint press release by UN RC, Sweden and BIH COM Chairman, reflecting on main topics discussed, conclusions and recommendations.