Breakout session | Stage 2

Host: Project Everyone + GPSDD + SDSN

To ensure we achieve the Global Goals, we need to know how much or how little progress we have made towards achieving them, what the state of the world is and identify the gaps in data available. SDGs Today is a new timely data portal developed by SDSN in partnership with ESRI and National Geographic Society, that aims to provide a snapshot of the state of sustainable development around the world at this current moment. The portal’s datasets are based on new data sources and methods, updated regularly, and have been produced within the last year. This session will focus on the importance of timely data and the scientific solutions we need to achieve the SDGs as they mark their five year anniversary. The discussion will be divided into three challenges the world is facing now, inequality, health and climate, with speakers focusing on the solutions. To achieve the Global Goals, we need a range of actions from multiple stakeholders. This breakout session will shed light on the range of actions we need to take to make the 2030 Agenda a reality for all; from business innovations to protecting civil society spaces to supporting activists on the ground and to ensuring the availability of more timely data to prevent misinformation. The session will be hosted ahead of the Global Day of Factivism – as the SDGs mark their 5th Birthday, we want to show the state of the world and how the SDGs are the best framework to recover from the pandemic and build a better and more sustainable world for everyone, everywhere.



Alice Macdonald - Moderator
Director of Policy and Campaigns at Project Everyone

Alice is an international development professional with over a decade of experience. She is Campaigns and Policy Director at Project Everyone, a not-for-profit founded by film maker Richard Curtis which seeks to put the power of great communications behind the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As well as leading campaigns and strategy work, Alice’s work includes building partnerships with organisations around the world from the UN to civil society. Her prior experience spans politics, the NGO sector and the private sector. She was previously Head of Campaigns and Advocacy at Save the Children where she ran one of the biggest global coalition campaigns ever focussed on the SDGs. She has worked around the world including as a governance adviser in the Office of the President of Rwanda and supporting country level advocacy work in South Africa and Ethiopia. She began her career at the Labour Party where she headed the Research Unit and was a senior political adviser on international affairs. She is a Labour Party Councillor in Southwark in London where a strong focus of her work has been focussed on opportunities for young people.

Claire Melamed
Chief Executive Officer, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Claire Melamed is the CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. This growing network brings together several hundred members - governments, private sector, and civil society - to harness and leverage data and data technology towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. She was previously Managing Director of the Overseas Development Institute, and in 2014, she worked in the office of the UN Secretary General, writing the report of the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution, “A World That Counts”.
Rosario Del Pilar Diaz Garavito
Youth Power Panelist and Chief Executive Director, The Millennials Movement
Rosario is a young civic leader from Peru. She is the founder and Chief Executive Director of The Millennials Movement and General Coordinator at the 2030 Agenda Citizens Ambassadors Programme. She is the member of Youth Power Panel, and is the LAC Regional Caucus Coordinator for the UN Major Group of Children and Youth. Rosario is also an Obama Scholar and graduated with a Master’s Degree on International Development and Policy at Harris School of Public Policy at the Chicago University.
Jeffrey Sachs
Jeffrey Sachs is an American economist, liberal, academic, public policy analyst and former director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he holds the title of University Professor. He is President of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and is known as one of the world's leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty.
Hamzat Lawal
Campaigner/ Activist and Founder, Connected Development
Hamzat Lawal is an anti-corruption activist. He is a Malala Fund Global Education Champion and currently leads the largest social accountability Movement in Africa: Follow The Money, and the founder of Connected Development, a non-profit organization that comprises data analysts, journalists, activists, campaigners and students using grassroots data to tell compelling stories that inspires needed actions.
September 24, 14:30
14:30 — 15:15EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Activism, Data, Partnerships, Technology

| Host: Project Everyone + GPSDD + SDSN |, Alice Macdonald (Project Everyone), Claire Melamed (Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data), Hamzat Lawal (Connected Development), Jeffrey Sachs (Economist), Rosario Del Pilar Diaz Garavito (Youth Power Panel Member / Restless Development)