Meaningful Engagement Tools to Accelerate the SDGs

Interactive Exhibition Featuring Gaia Education and Scottish Government

The 2018 High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) will take place under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council at the UN Headquarters in New York. The second week of the Forum will take place at Ministerial level, when 47 countries will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) regarding their progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The VNRs aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilise multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The set of goals to be reviewed in depth in 2018 are

  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss.

SDG Flashcards – an engagement tool for translating SDG goals into actions

Convinced that the SDGs should not be separated from the global community who forged them, Gaia Education, in partnership with UNESCO GAP Secretariat, developed an educational tool – the SDG Flashcards – and the associated Training for Multipliers to ensure their effective use. The SDG Training for Multipliers was designed to teach SDGs and build the capacity of facilitators to hold the vitally important conversations on how to implement the 17 SDGs and their 169 targets at the local and regional scale, in ways that are carefully adapted to the biocultural uniqueness of each location. The cards contain more than 200 questions introducing a whole-systems approach to the SDGs through the sustainability tetrad – social, ecological, economic and worldview perspectives. By asking clear questions, the cards support SDG education and break the SDGs journey into manageable parts, no matter who is using them – from migrant populations to social innovators, from rural communities to city planners… and beyond.

The SDG Multipliers Handbook offers a detailed description of how to prepare, promote and facilitate a SDG Training of Multipliers using the SDG Flashcards. The handbook contains two detailed workshop scripts for a day-long and a half-day SDG Training of Multipliers. Each with a step-by-step list of what exercises to facilitate in what sequence and how to do so.

Scotland’s National Performance Framework – a participatory model aligning national outcomes with the SDGs

The Scottish Government will present a unique, participatory model for the development of its National Outcome and measurement frameworks incorporating the SDGs in UK. This includes a single framework model through which to align all public services, the voluntary, third and private sector, with a common set of National Outcomes and accompanying SDGs, as well as a model for measuring achievement against these goals through a National Indicator set. The exhibition will showcase the Scottish approach through an interactive computer screen where visitors will be able to engage with Scotland’s National Performance Framework as an interactive online resource. This will demonstrate how Scotland’s National Outcomes have integrated the SDGs in a non-hierarchical way and will include accompanying resources and interactive measurement tools.

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