Breakout session | Stage 2

Host: Parliamentarians for the Global Goals

This session acts as the official launch event for ‘Parliamentarians for the Global Goals’ (PfGG), which is a new initiative for and by parliamentarians who work on SDG implementation. Parliamentarians play a crucial role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda: As legislators, holding governments accountable, as representatives and as the link between the multilateral/regional spheres and the people. Unfortunately, the number of parliaments actively engaged in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is still limited. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), only 14 % of parliaments around the world are actively working with the 2030 Agenda. The UN has launched the ‘Decade of Action’ to intensify the efforts to achieve the SDGs. This will only succeed if parliaments are actively involved. Parliamentarians for the Global Goals will act as an umbrella organization for national parliamentary SDG groups/committees and individual parliamentarians with the purpose of strengthening peer-to-peer learning and sharing of best practices on parliamentary work on the 2030 Agenda, increasing knowledge sharing and awareness raising among parliamentarians, building and supporting national all-party parliamentary groups, and sharing and supporting policy and campaign initiatives to accelerate action. The aim is to inspire and empower more parliamentarians to push for the most ambitious implementation of the 2030 Agenda, to allocate budget resources and promote legislation that accelerates SDG action on a national, regional and global level. 


Thure Krarup - Moderator
Executive Director for Sustainable Development Initiatives, UNF

Thure Krarup is Executive Director for Sustainable Development Initiatives and is heading UN Foundation’s work on the broader SDG agenda. Prior to joining UNF, Thure was working in the Climate Team in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General.

Kirsten Brosbøl
Founder, Parliamentarians for the Global Goals
Kirsten Brosbøl is the Founder of Parliamentarians for the Global Goals – a new initiative for and by parliamentarians who work on the 2030 Agenda. She is also CEO and Founder of 2030beyond, a non-profit do-tank on the SDGs based in Denmark. Additionally she is Commissioner of the The Lancet Commission on COVID-19, an Obama Foundation Scholar, a European Young Leader, Former MP and Minister of Environment (2014-2015) of Denmark, along with being Founder and chair of the Danish Parliament’s All-Party Group on the SDGs (2017-2019). She completed her Master of Arts in War and Peace Studies at the University of Sussex and her Master of Arts in International Development from the University of Roskilde.
Gabriela Cuevas Barron
President, IPU, senator, Mexico

President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Member of Parliament at the Mexican Congress. Active in politics since she was 15 years old, Gabriela Cuevas was elected Federal Member of Parliament for the first time at age 21. In 2017, she became the youngest and the second woman to become President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Kanni Wignaraja
UNDP, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

Kanni Wignaraja is Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She brings over twenty-five years of experience of the United Nations mission and UNDP’s role in the sustainable development agenda. Ms. Wignaraja recently served as the Acting Assistant Administrator and Director, Bureau for Management Services, UNDP and as Special Adviser to the UNDP Administrator, roles that she has performed throughout 2019, after working as the Director of the United Nations Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) from 2014 to 2018. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (Development Economics) from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Bryn Mawr College, USA.

Trisha Shetty
Founder, SheSays
Trisha Shetty is a lawyer, social activist, and Founder of SheSays, a non-profit organization and online platform that aims to end gender-based discrimination and advance women’s rights in India by engaging youth as agents of social change. Her work and advocacy has been recognised by the UN, President Obama, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and President Emmanuel Macron. She currently serves as the President of the Steering Committee of the Paris Peace Forum. She was an Obama Foundation Scholar 2018/2019.
Lukas Köhler
MP, German Bundestag

Dr. Köhler has been a Member of the German Bundestag since 2017 and spokesman for climate change of the FDP parliamentary group in the Bundestag. He is chairman of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, as well as a full member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development.

Niels Fuglsang
MP, European Parliament

Niels Fuglsang was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2019. As part of the parliamentary group Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, he has since been serving on the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. In addition to his committee assignments, he is part of the parliament's delegation for relations with China.

September 24, 09:00
09:00 — 09:45EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Accountability, Government, Multilateralism, Partnerships

| Host: Parliamentarians for the Global Goals |, Gabriela Cuevas Barron (IPU), Kanni Wignaraja (UNDP), Kirsten Brosbøl (Parliamentarians for the Global Goals), Lukas Köhler (MP German Bundestag), Niels Fuglsang (MP European Parliament), Thure Krarup (UNF), Trisha Shetty (SheSAys)