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Challenge 2 Change @HLPF2022

The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nations, is the central United Nations platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level.

The theme for the 2022 HLPF is “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ”.

As the world is struggling to recover from COVID-19 amidst continuing crises, the HLPF will reflect on how recovery policies can reverse the negative impacts of the pandemic on the SDGs and move countries on to a path to realise the vision of the 2030 Agenda.

The International Presentation Association (IPA) has been a presence at High Level Political Fora for a number of year’s now, actively engaged in the valuable discussion and information exchange   platforms offered by the various side-shows that run parallel to the main event.

Showcasing good practice

On July 12th, the IPA was involved in the co—organisation (with JCoR and REDES) of just such a side event to the main Forum, bringing   together the voices of faith-based organisations from the Catholic tradition, which have a presence across many global regions, to share good practices and recommendations with respect to the achievement of SDG 4’s Target 7 on the theme: “Delivering SDG 4.7: Catholic Religious Organisations and the Lifelong Formation of Global Citizens”.

Brian O’Toole, our IPA Justice Contact in Ireland-England (and Director of the Presentation Sisters Interprovincial Justice Desk for Ireland and England) shared with the attendees the “Challenge to Change (C2C)” Project by highlighting how students explore and learn ways of understanding our common home as a contribution to the achievement of SDG 4.7 (Education for Global Citizenship).

Challenge to Change is a Presentation Initiative that is grounded in the SDGs, and open to primary and post primary students.  Such has been the impact of this initiative that we were honoured to be able to present at the UN High Level Political Forum 2022. and you can watch our presentation here:  

The link below to the 10-minute recording of this presentation ‘showcasing good practice’ does justice to the many students and teachers past and present formed as ‘Global Citizens’ ready to act and advocate for change on the very real issues faced by those ‘made poor’ in our world today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuDzWhkOsMY

See also Education | Challenge to Change Project

The UN 58th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD58)

Sr. Ann Marie Quinn, pbvm International Presentation Association (IPA) Executive Director (centre) is with (l-r) Dr. Despoina Afroditi Milaki who is the full-time IPA NGO Representative at the UN, based in New York, and Sr. Mary Therese Krueger, (pbvm Dubuque) the Program Action Leader at this Ministerial Forum: (the 58th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD58) taking place from 10 to 19 February 2020.

In 2020, the UN celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Commission and the 25th anniversary of the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development. This World Summit for Social Development will be addressing emerging societal challenges to the implementation of 2030 Agenda. #SDG #UNCSOCD58

We will be keenly following the outcomes.

See: the UN-SDGs Page to find out more about the IPA and its work.   See also this link about the UN Social Development Summit also HERE

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