INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS

SDG Action Day returns on September 25th, 2020 and this year’s edition will be virtual. With the theme ‘Decade of Transformation’ we will be looking at stimulating sustainable transitions based on the SDGs. This year’s edition is also a ‘birthday edition’, with 5 years behind us and only 10 years to go to achieve the SDGs.

The SDG Action Day is a day for people in the Netherlands who are working with or are interested in the SDGs. The main language of the day is Dutch and both plenary sessions will be in Dutch. But we will have a number of workshops in English – these are listed below.

Tickets are on sale now via the button below. Clicking the button will open an Eventbrite popup. A ticket will give you access to the workshops and networking opportunities. During the registration you will select the workshops that you would like to follow.

SDG Action Day is organised by SDG Nederland, in cooperation with SDG House Amsterdam (part of Royal Tropical Institute), Amsterdam Municipality, Global Compact Netherlands and DSGC.

For questions or further information you can reach us at info@sdgactionday.nl.

PROGRAMME

9.30 Opening plenary (Dutch)
10.30 Workshop round 1
12.30 Workshop round 2
14.00 Workshop round 3
15.30 Closing plenary (Dutch)

TICKETS

Regular 20 euro
Freelancers 10 euro
Students 5 euro

TECHNOLOGY & PLATFORMS

The plenary session will be a youtube livestream (in Dutch). For the workshops we will use Zoom and participants will need to make an account in Networkapp. You’ll use Networkapp to access the zoom links and for networking with other participants.

You will see a popup window. To change the language, click 'Nederlands' at the bottom of the window.

WORKSHOP ROUND 1

10.30 – 11.45

ROUND 1 (10.30 - 11.45)

Below are the English workshops that take place in round 1 (between 10.30 and 11.45 – Central European Time)

1A) New opportunities for health and wellbeing for everyone (SDG 3 Alliantie)

Workshop by SDG 3 Alliantie, KIT (linkedin) and Alles is Gezondheid (linkedin)

THIS SESSION IS PART OF THE HEALTH TRACK. Every round has 1 workshop on health. You can join them individually or participate in them as a track.

Description
COVID-19 has shown us that sometimes public health is paramount, and that viruses and other health issues inextricably link us globally. This crisis has also shown us how vulnerable we are if we do not invest in sustainable health services at home and abroad. At the same time, the crisis showed our creativity in finding solutions to structural problems that came to light during the crisis.

And now? Back to where we were before or will we truly think and act differently around health in relation to socio-economic development?

What you’ll gain from the workshop
This session offers a new perspective on the future, in which collaboration and innovation are central. Inspired by a number of innovative thinkers & doers with a Dutch and international perspective, we will work together in this session to arrive at an agenda for change that brings us closer to health and well-being for everyone.

1J) Let’s build the job profile of a 21st century leader together! (Leaderschip4SDGs)

Workshop by Leadership4SDGs, (linkedin)

THIS IS PART 1 OF THE WORKSHOP. The second part takes place in round 3. We recommend follwing both sessions, although it is not necessary to do both. When you buy your ticket (in Eventbrite) make sure you select this session in round 1 and 3.

Description (Part 1):
In many international (high level) fora, meetings where the SDGs are on the agenda, the focus is mostly on the ‘what’ and the ‘how’. Far less attention is paid to define the ‘who’. If we talk about ‘we’; who are ‘we’? And shouldn’t we define much more clearly what kind of leadership/leaders we need to accomplish the SDGs in the next decade?

In business, top level executives and CEOs are well trained. As per consequence they gain power and wealth on the job. In the key political roles and functions, leaders are not always trained for the job. Nevertheless, they play a pivotal role in achieving the SDGs . But what are the characteristics of a good leader for the SDGs? What kind of characteristics does s/he have? What competences and skills are necessary?

In part 1 we will brainstorm about the necessary knowledge, competences and skills for leaders. 

In part 2 we will engage foreign leaders and ask their reflections on the profile we’ve developed. What do they think a good leader should know/be capable of or have?

This is what you will gain
In this workshop participants will learn what SDG leadership entails. This workshop is particularly good for people who are interested in following a leadership course. 

This is what will be expected from you
Brainstorm with us about what kind of competences and skills current leaders need. Share your own experiences, as a leader or about leaders you know.

WORKSHOP ROUND 2

12.30 – 13.45

ROUND 2 (12.30 - 13.45)

Below are the English workshops that take place in round 2 (between 12.30 and 13.45 – Central European Time)

2G) Mobile health technology in Africa during COVID-19 and beyond: What can Europe learn from Africa? (PharmAccess)

Workshop by PharmAccess (linkedin, twitter)

THIS SESSION IS PART OF THE HEALTH TRACK. Every round has 1 workshop on health. You can join them individually or participate in them as a track.

Description
COVID-19 has reminded us that resilient, data-driven healthcare systems are essential for global economic and social prosperity. It has shown how SDG 3 (health) is intrinsically connected to all the other Goals, and forced us to ask if Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is achievable by 2030? 

In Africa, mobile technology holds the key for leapfrogging advancements in healthcare. Almost 10% of GDP transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa occur through mobile money, compared to 2% in Europe. Technology facilitates equitable redistribution of funds, reduces costs, and provides data to enhance transparency and improve health outcomes.

This session brings together experts from The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PharmAccess Group, Luscii and CarePay to discuss: How technology is being leveraged to improve health financing and delivery in Africa, during COVID-19 and beyond.

This is what you will gain from the session
Participants will learn from practical examples of initiatives which leverage technology to improve the health financing and delivery in Africa, gaining insights about the innovative approaches and partnerships needed to scale technologies for SDG 3 and the other Goals.

This is what we expect from you
Participants are expected to pose questions to the panelists during the Q & A and critically reflect on how these lessons can impact their own work towards the SDGs, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

2N) Empowering Youth-Led Transformation (AIESEC)

Workshop by AIESEC (instagram, facebook)

Description
AIESEC is an international youth organization that gives young people the opportunity to discover and develop themselves through cross-cultural exchanges. Studies have shown that young people are more open to major transformations, because of their tendency towards idealism (Gopnik, Griffiths, & Lucas, 2015). However, this can be dampened in long procedures and pragmatism in the beginning of their careers. As a young person, how can you begin initiating changes within an organization? Or as a more experienced employee, how can you listen to these new ideas? These are big questions, with many different correct answers. Our workshop focuses on the valuable role young people play in initiating change within an organization. We will facilitate a workshop in which we brainstorm how to connect young people’s ideas with what is actually feasible, and how to create an environment in which such ideas can flourish. 

This is what you will gain
As a young person, how can you begin initiating changes within an organization? Or as a more experienced employee, how can you listen to these new ideas? These are big questions, with many different correct answers. Our workshop focuses on the valuable role young people play in initiating change within an organization. Through our guided brainstorming session, participants will learn how to create an environment in which youth-driven ideas are better connected with what is actually feasible. 

This is what we expect from you
For this, participants should come ready to discuss these tricky questions, bringing their own past experiences to the table.

WORKSHOP ROUND 3

14.00 – 15.15

ROUND 3 (14.00 - 15.15)

Below are the English workshops that take place in round 3 (between 14.00 and 15.45 – Central European Time)

3D) The challenges of safe water and adequate sanitation for all by 2030 (SDG 6 Alliantie)

Workshop by: SDG 6 AlliantieWaterworxNetherlands Water Partnerschip and Blue Deal

Description
In 2015, three out of ten people (2.1 billion) had no access to safe drinking water and 4.5 billion people, and even six out of ten lacked adequate sanitation. Globally, we are still far from on track to achieve the important goal of safe water and good sanitation for all by 2030, and subsequently reducing unnecessary deaths from diseases such as diarrhea and cholera.

The workshop focuses on the experiences of the Dutch water companies (WaterWorX programme), the water boards (united in the Blue Deal) and the NWP in order to support fellow organizations worldwide in improving water and wastewater facilities. In addition to the results and experiences that have been achieved with WaterWorX and Blue Deal since 2017, we would like to discuss the challenges that many water organizations worldwide are facing. It concerns the increasing pressure on available and good quality water supplies due to population growth, economic development and climate change; the challenge to attract investment and the ambition to continue to offer well-functioning water and sanitation facilities

This is what you’ll gain from the session
In this workshop you will learn more about the challenges of achieving safe water and adequate sanitation for everyone in 2030, and how you can contribute to this.

This is what is expected from you
An open attitude to learn more of our speakers and to share your own thoughts through active participation. And make sure you have a good glass of tap water nearby in case you get thirsty during the session.

3G) Saving lives at birth; how to realize this goal by shared innovation? (TNO)

Workshop by TNO first 1000 days, TNO Innovation 4 Development

THIS SESSION IS PART OF THE HEALTH TRACK. Every round has 1 workshop on health. You can join them individually or participate in them as a track.

Description
The first thousand days of a child’s life are crucial for its development. Together we want to give children the best possible start, so that they can develop optimally. In the Netherlands but also in countries such as Ghana and Indonesia. With Check2Gether, we offer women in remote rural areas access to innovative prenatal care, giving more babies a promising start. A pilot study is performed successfully to initially demonstrate impact, but more is needed to achieve SDG-3. Scale-up and sustainability are difficult aspects for innovative solutions to serve the bottom of the pyramid. How can we break through these issues with Check2Gether and other mHealth solutions? What is the importance of improvement and experience of care and the early involvement of relevant stakeholders? Will shared innovation help? During the workshop, we will work with these questions in an interactive way. Speakers in this session include TNO, Simavi and the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

This is what you’ll gain from the session
Knowledge, insight and inspiration from a practical example for realizing access to health care.

This is what is expected from you
Participation in the discussion and possible solutions for co-setting up a shared innovation program for Check2gether.

3J) Let’s build the job profile of a 21st century leader together! (Leaderschip4SDGs)

Workshop by Leadership4SDGs, (linkedin)

THIS IS PART 2 OF THE WORKSHOP. The first part takes place in round 1. We recommend follwing both sessions, although it is not necessary to do both. When you buy your ticket (in Eventbrite) make sure you select this session in round 1 and 3.

Session Description (Part 2):
In many international (high level) fora, meetings where the SDGs are on the agenda, the focus is mostly on the ‘what’ and the ‘how’. Far less attention is paid to define the ‘who’. If we talk abougt ‘we’; who are ‘we’? And shouldn’t we define much more clearly together what kind of leadership/leaders do we need that will accomplish the SDGs in the next decade? 

In business, top level executives and CEOs are well trained. As per consequence they gain power and wealth on the job. In the key political roles and functions, leaders are not persé trained for the job. Nevertheless, they play a pivotal role in achieving the SDG’s . But what are the characteristics of a good leader for the SDGs? What kind of characteristics does he/she have? What competences, skills? 

In part 1 we will brainstorm about the necessary knowledge, competences and skills for leaders. 

In part 2 we will engage foreign leaders and ask their reflections on the profile we’ve developed. What do they think a good leader should know/be capable of or have?

 

This is what you will gain
In this workshop participants will learn what SDG leadership entails. This workshop is particularly good for people who are interested in following a leadership course. 

This is what will be expected from you
Brainstorm with us about what kind of competences and skills current leaders need. Share your own experiences, as a leader or about leaders you know.

 

3P) Matchmaking for Local Action: less talking and more action (SDG House Network)

Workshop by SDG House Network (facebook, linkedin) and KIT Royal Tropical Institute (facebook, linkedin)

Description
This session facilitates local connections to foster links. If we want to bring about sustainable change, we need to look beyond our own expertise, and find ways forging meaningful partnerships. Especially now these can and should be built at local level.

The local SDG Houses provide the physical space to connect and interact at local level, which via the SDG House network can be scaled up at regional and national level. In this workshop, we offer you the opportunity to find those people that can help you progress in your work while offering your own expertise to others.

What is your main challenge, what do you need to progress, and what can you offer to help others progress in their work?

This is what you’ll gain
Increased knowledge and network and local contacts providing the  opportunity to collaborate and foster parternships that will help the participant in progressing their work and SDG impact.

This is what will be expected of you
To have a collaborative mind-set, a clear view on what they need and have to offer, and to be working with an SDG-related organisation or project.

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