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Apply to speak at UN High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs

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On Thursday, 21 April 2016 at UNHQ in New York, the President of the UN General Assembly H.E. Mogens Lykketoft will convene a High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support prompt and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Thematic Debate will feature a panel discussion on "Action at all levels," which will focus on national responses to implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This panel will include three stakeholder representatives from civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations, and one from academia. At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, UN DESA and UN-NGLS facilitated an open and transparent process to identify these four speakers. Travel funding is provided for three of the four speakers selected through this process. A Stakeholder Selection Committee reviewed nearly 250 applications received, and agreed a short list of candidates to submit to the President of the UN General Assembly Mr. Mogens Lykketoft.

The four speakers selected for the event are:

Ms. Vanessa Rosemary Anyoti, World Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) - Tanzania
Mr. Najib Saab - Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) - Lebanon
Mr. Thauan dos Santos - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Ms. Siva Thanenthiran - Asian Pacific Resource And Research Centre For Women (ARROW) - Malaysia

Stakeholder Selection Committee
This Committee was convened through an open application process opened in conjunction with the call for speaker applications.

Priscilla Achakpa - Women Environmental Programme Nigeria
Celine Paramunda - Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries
Seife Tadelle Kidane - Africa Speaks
James Andrews - UN Major Group For Children and Youth
Sai Jyothirmai Racherla - Asian Pacific Resource And Research Centre For Women (ARROW)
Lucilla Spini - International Council for Science (ICSU)
Paula Cordeiro - University of San Diego
Andrew Hanauer - Jubilee USA
Jaimie Grant - International Disability Alliance
Tania Paratian Senghore  - WWF International
Fisherman Chiyanike - Zimbabwe United Nations Association
Prezil Dorlus - Action Communautaire de Solidarite et d'Intervention Sociale  (ACSIS)
Roberto Borrero - International Indian Treaty Council

All applications received may be reviewed here:

Stakeholders may submit written input for this meeting here.

Thank you to all who applied, and to the Selection Committee members for their contributing their time and expertise.

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations.


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