April 23-27, 2018: UNOSD holds training course for policymakers on the 2030 Agenda

The United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) in South Korea hosts an executive training course specifically designed to help policymakers understand and mainstream the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the policymaking process. Policymakers at all levels in the public sector and stakeholders in the private sector will acquire knowledge and skills, form networks, share experiences, and learn from best practices in implementing the SDGs.

Location: Incheon, South Korea

Event Website - UNOSD

South Korea

April 23, 2018: The Sahel: Food security and development in an area of crisis

Norad and Noragric (the Norwegian University of Life Sciences) are co-hosting an open seminar at Litteraturhuset in Oslo. The seminar will address Norway's engagement in the Sahel, and why and how to meet food security challenges in the region. Speakers include Shai Divon, Head of Department, Noragric, NMBU; Marianne Hagen, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Svein Olsen, Advisor, Norwegian Peoples Aid and the Dryland Coordination Group; Adama Coulibaly, Senior researcher, Institute d’Economie Rural, Mali. 

Location: Oslo, Norway

Event website - NMBU

Norway Agriculture

April 23, 2018: CIC to host presentation by Canada’s special envoy on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

The Canadian International Council (CIC) will host Bob Rae, Canada’s special envoy on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, who will put the Rohingya crisis into different contexts – 'a world in disarray, without much order or adult supervision, where there are more refugees than at any time since the Second World War, and where the hopes for democratic transitions in a number of countries and regions have decreased'.

Bob Rae will discuss his report with the Canadian Prime Minister, and the choices facing Canada in a world that is in the middle of multiple crises.

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Event website - CIC


April 23, 2018: Agricultural development: Smart investing for global food security

Brookings Institute hosts a panel of experts to discuss how best to address food insecurity and reduce extreme poverty in low-income countries through empowerment of rural farmers.   Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will discuss actions that IFAD can take to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals' target of doubling small-holder productivity.  Other panelists will address the changes needed to institutions, markets, and other investments to transform the agrifood system in the developing world. 

Location: Washington, DC, US

Event website - Brookings

April 24, 2018: CIGI to host lecture on earth systems and fate of humankind

The Centre of International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is hosting Australian academic Clive Hamilton of the Charles Sturt University in Canberra as he discusses how Earth has recently entered a new geological epoch due to human activities. Focusing on environmental destruction and the destabilization of Earth System processes like the carbon cycle, Hamilton will discuss the implications of these events and what it means for the future of humans.

Location: Waterloo, Canada

Event website - CIGI

Canada Agriculture

April 24, 2018: Madrid NGO platform to hold a debate on the 2030 Agenda

The Madrid development NGO umbrella organization (RedONG Mad) is organizing a discussion session in the regional parliament of Madrid aimed at navigating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDG) 2030 Agenda in Spain. In addition to development NGO representatives and members of the regional parliament, the Spanish foreign ministry’s Special Ambassador for the 2030 Agenda will participate in the event.

Location: Madrid, Spain

Event website- RedONG Mad (in Spanish)


April 25, 2018: ForUM hosts development conversation with Minister of Development

Forum for development and the environment (ForUM) will host a conversation with the Norwegian Minister of Development, Nikolai Astrup, at Kulturhuset in Oslo. ForUM's own 50 member organizations will ask questions to uncover the policies that the government is implementing to achieve the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

Location: Oslo, Norway

Event page - Facebook


April 25, 2018: World Malaria Day 2018 | ZERO Malaria 2030 Event: History of Malaria in Japan

Malaria No More Japan and Sophia University will host the ZERO Malaria 2030 Campaign in Tokyo, which will feature a comic drama that will focus on the history of malaria in Japan. The historic script will describe how the Japanese lived with malaria and will be a good opportunity for spectators to think about what Japan can do to help achieve the global goal of "ZERO Malaria".

Artists and speakers at the event include:

  • Tomonari Ohkura, traditional comic drama artist
  • Shigeyuki Kano, Director of the Department of Tropical Medicine and Malaria at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM) 
  • Mihoko Kashiwakura, Head of Japan at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Tetsuo Kondo, Director of UNDP representation office in Tokyo
  • Yayoi Takei, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sophia University
  • Ichiro Ishida, Marketing Chief and marketing General Manager at the Asahi Shimbun

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Event website - Sophia University (in Japanese)

Japan Global health

April 25, 2018: Japanese Development Cooperation as a Political Tool

The German Institute for Japanese Studies is hosting a lecture on how Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) strategy has changed, and has been influenced by changes in the international aid agenda and regional political power. 

Marie Söderberg, Director of the European Institute of Japanese Studies (EIJS) and adjunct professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, and Naohiro Kitano, professor at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Waseda University and a former director of the JICA Research Institute, will share their insights on the recent strategic trends in Japanese ODA priorities.

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Event website - Dij Tokyo


April 26, 2018: UiO hosts seminar linking food, nutrition and human rights

The University of Oslo is hosting a seminar which will discuss how to approach the reduction of undernutrition from a human rights and law perspective. The seminar will discuss the question "Are states obligated to ensure a right to food and health for their people", and the aim of the seminar will be to examine the understanding of how human rights contribute to moving global nutrition onto the agenda.

Location: Oslo, Norway

Event website - University of Oslo

Norway Nutrition