The Open SDGclub.Berlin 2019, organized by the German Council for Sustainable Development, was held in Germany between May 07-09. As every year, the meeting brought together representatives of SDG Councils or similar organizations, civil society networks, companies, local communities and the academic world, all linked by their own experience in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Our Director and Governance Coordinator, were invited to participate in the meeting. Find more about our participation.
The Open SDGclub Berlin, is a collaborative platform that seeks to motivate all those who welcome the transformative nature of the 2030 Agenda.
The initiative wants to convey the sense of belonging to the common cause of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This three-day meeting aims to facilitate mutual learning and the exchange of experiences. It focuses on innovative solutions, concrete actions and possible new partnerships.
Welcome by Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), Open SDGclub.Berlin, May 7, 2019, Berlin, Germany. Photo: © RNE
This year’s participants had the opportunity to:
- Exchange experiences on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in several governments Levels (subnational, national, international)
- Teaming for common projects
- Peer learning about what action works, what enablers are needed for peer learning in different formats and roles of multi-stakeholder agencies
- To establish contacts with German sustainability actors
- Discuss ways to improve multilateral action for sustainable development
The meeting was developed through a “makers panel” that formulated proposals for the UN SDG-Summit, to be held this year, in September, on how to accelerate multilateral transformation efforts. Discussions at the Open SDGclub Berlin aimed at developing action-oriented messages from political leaders that will meet at the Summit.
Cepei took an active part in the meeting with the participation of our Director, Philipp Schönrock, in the starting session “11 years to go till 2030 – What’s on our journey? Milestones ahead and routes to be tracked”, where he held a conversation, moderated by Patrick Leusch, Head of European Affairs at Deutsche Welle, also joined by Ellen Lindsay Awuku, Administrative Coordinator and Director of the Board of YRE Ghana; Riina Pursiainen, Project Coordinator for the Office of the Prime Minister in Helsinki, Finland; and Rebecca Freitag, UN Youth Delegate for Sustainable Development.
“The implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the regional level requires: 1) Collaboration not coordination; 2) Production of data to connect and have evidence; 3) Concentrated funds, without silos; and 4) That the rules of participation go through changes at all levels, ” –said Schönrock.
The Governance Coordinator of Cepei, Javier Surasky, participated in the break-out sessions on practical experience with contributions on the experience of Latin America and the Caribbean in the preparation of their National Voluntary Reviews (VNRs).