SDSN/UCD SIDE EVENT – 2023 ECOSOC Partnership Forum

The 2023 UN  ECOSOC Partnership Forum was held on January 31st February 2023.

Theme: “Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels.”

Participants: “Stakeholders including countries, the United Nations system, international financial institutions, as well as international organizations, parliamentarians, local governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, civil society, scientists, academia, women, youth and others will participate”.

Outcome: “An analytical summary will be prepared to capture the key policy messages of the Forum along with messages of the Coordination Segment, which will serve as an input to the July 2023 HLPF and the 2023 SDG Summit as well as the overall work of the ECOSOC and other key inter-governmental processes throughout 2023”.

SDSN/UCD Partnerships in SDG Education and Training:  towards curating, assessing and dissemination of a Global SDG Knowledge Commons

Objectives of the side event

To outline the need for a Global  SDG Knowledge Commons and multi-stakeholder partnerships that can mobilize education and training to share SDG knowledge across sectors and nations.  

We discuss how partnerships around education and training can enhance the role of knowledge sharing in achieving the targets of SDG 17

I)          Knowledge is not always free to access or oriented to the public good.  Contributing to Global Knowledge Commons for the SDGs needs to be a norm.

II)         SDG Knowledge needs to be disseminated into policy and practice at speed. How can HEIs , Corporates and Governments partner to achieve this?

III)        The transfer of Knowledge to institutions in the global south needs to be a norm to ensure the Global Knowledge Commons can deliver a safe space for all  humanity.

  • Some guiding Questions for presentations and discussion

(i) How can we create a  SDG Global Knowledge Commons?

(ii)  How do we create the right  ‘ecosystem’ of education and training for the SDGs for  Academic, Corporate and Government partners?

Format and Agenda  

Chair Patrick Paul Walsh,  University College Dublin and Vice President for Education at SDSN


Thanos Giannakopoulos, Chief, Dag Hammarskjöld UN Library

Omar Hernández,  Public Information Officer and  Program Manager of the United Nations Academic Impact

Kristen Stebbins,  Vice President, Sustainability Engagement, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Lorcán Hall, Head of Business Model Development & Corporate Foresight, SCOR Partners.

Brighton Kaoma, Global Director of SDSN Youth