SDG Moment in focus – People | Stage 1


This session will provide a deeper dive into what is at stake, and what is needed for achieving healthy societies, gender parity and ending inequalities and extreme poverty in this current climate. The principals from the UN Development Programme, UN Women and the UN Environment Programme will come together to share personal hopes, aspirations and the keen opportunities they see for progress at this inflection point. Join to uncover the priorities and approaches that these critical agencies are put at the forefront of recovery efforts, and learn from these leaders about the transformative action they will be driving.



Laurel Patterson - Moderator
Head, SDG Integration UNDP

Laurel Patterson (Canada) is the Head of the SDG Integration in UNDP’s Global Policy Network. Laurel was previously Senior Global Policy Advisor, leading integrated policy development for SDG implementation in fragile and conflict affected settings.  Prior to joining BPPS, Laurel was Deputy Director of the UN System Affairs Group leading on UN reform, and previously the Deputy Director of the Partnerships Group in UNDP’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy. 

Laurel held several field-based assignments, including as rule of law specialist and chief of planning in Somalia and advisor for a sub-regional peacebuilding initiative in the Great Lakes of Africa. Before UNDP, she was the Associate Director of International Affairs at Simon Fraser University in Canada, where she coordinated the university's international development portfolio, focused on primary education in Africa and Southeast Asia. Laurel started her career with the UN on assignment with UN Women in Zimbabwe and Angola, as part of their flagship women, peace and security portfolio.

Laurel has a MPhil Degree in International Relations, Cambridge University, UK.

Achim Steiner
Administrator, UNDP
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Executive Director, UN Women
Inger Anderson
Executive Director, UNEP
September 22, 13:30
13:30 — 14:15EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Environment, Gender Equality, Inequalities, Leave No One Behind, People

Achim Steiner, Inger Anderson, Laurel Patterson (SDG Integration UNDP), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka