The SDG Philanthropy Platform and partners held the 'Convergence: Philanthropy as a Partner in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals' event in New York on the 21st of September, as a side event to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2016.
The side event was a day of learning, exchange and partnership-building around the SDGs agenda, with a focus on how, in these crucial first two years, we can build the foundation for solid progress and ensure no one is left behind.
The event was attended by leaders in government, philanthropy, the UN system, civil society and business, who explored themes including promoting inclusion, reducing inequality, women’s empowerment, education, and approaches to the SDGs, including better data systems and impact investing. The convening also emphasized the ‘universality’ agenda and what it means for SDG planning in the US and Europe, and what governments can do to create an enabling environment for the philanthropy sector and grantees.
The SDG Philanthropy Platform publication 'Converging Interests: Philanthropy-Government Collaboration to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals', was officially launched at the side event.