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NEWS & EVENTS
05 September 2022

Efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals have been intermittently interrupted by economic and financial crises and environmental degradation. The severity of the human and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is unparalleled. Despite policy intervention and support at the national and international levels, the global extreme poverty rate rose for the first time in over 20 years, as 119–124 million people were pushed back into extreme poverty in 2020. 1

Addressing these complex challenges of sustainable development, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) collaborate in the Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals (Poverty-Environment Action) to promote an integrated approach to achievement of the 2030 Agenda, through:

  • Close alignment of public and private finance and investments with poverty, environment and climate actions to accelerate implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Deepening efforts to integrate environmental sustainability and climate objectives for poverty eradication into development planning, budgeting and monitoring systems;
  • Broadening South-South cooperation, partnerships and knowledge-sharing to use integrated tools for sustainable development.

Poverty-Environment Action will convene a global retreat dedicated to knowledge sharing, capacity building, and sustainability strategies for poverty-environment and climate mainstreaming and integration in Nairobi from 13 to 14 September 2022.

With 2022 being the final year of implementation for Poverty-Environment Action, and the receding of the global COVID-19 pandemic, an inclusive Global Retreat to share knowledge acquired and assess lessons learned and agree on strategies for sustaining poverty-environment and climate mainstreaming and integration is both timely and opportune.

The Global Retreat will serve to build on the momentum of Stockholm+50, the international meeting convened by the United Nations General Assembly in Stockholm, Sweden, from 2-3 June 2022. Stockholm+50 aims to act as a springboard to accelerate the implementation of the UN Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals and encourage the adoption of green post-COVID-19 recovery plans.

The Global Retreat will explore how Poverty-Environment Action can support and sustain green post-COVID-19 recovery, with special focus on action in countries of the sub-Saharan Africa and Asia and the Pacific regions.

To maximize the opportunity for the Poverty-Environment Action community of practitioners, the Global Retreat will be organized as a virtual event with remote access provided on the MS Teams platform.

Theme and Objectives

Theme: Sustaining and Broadening Poverty-Environment Action Impacts in a post-COVID-19 World

Objectives:

  • Extract and record Poverty-Environment Action lessons learned and transformational results
  • Prepare an action plan for sustaining Poverty-Environment and Climate mainstreaming and integration after 2022
  • Facilitate Poverty-Environment Action project closures at country and global levels

Time and Place

The Global Retreat is planned to take place in person in Nairobi and virtually on the MS Teams platform from 13 to 14 September 2022 from 14:00 to 17:15 East Africa Time (UTC+3) over the course of two days.

Target Audience

The Retreat will build on established practice where all key partners from global, regional and country levels participate. Participants will include Poverty-Environment Action global staff, special guests, Country Office and Technical Assistance representatives i.e., Project Managers, Technical Advisors, Finance Associates, and Implementing partners.

Expected Outputs

The Retreat will provide an opportunity to showcase experiences and results from countries and Technical Assistance projects for learning purposes and highlight transformative results for donor reporting. Furthermore, the Retreat will provide an opportunity to strategize how and where the poverty-environment mainstreaming and integration legacy will be anchored as it showcases tools that will continue to be offered after 2022. The chief output will be completion of the Poverty-Environment Action Impact Plan on Day 2 of the Global Retreat.


1 United Nations, The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2021.

 

Attachments:
Presentations from member states and expert speakers for the global retreat and webinar: https://web.cvent.com/event/3e0d60a1-fe88-4f0e-8552-b563d1515a50/websitePage:b1ec6ee1-3b28-4510-9048-f110e094314e
Retreat Day 1, 13 September 2022
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Retreat Day 2, 14 September 2022
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