Posted on September 22, 2015
On the eve of the historic UN Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the United Nations Development Program, and Foundation Center are hosting the convening Philanthropy Engaged: Implementing and Achieving the Post-2015 Agenda as a part of our SDG Philanthropy Platform. This event, to be held at Ford Foundation on September 24th, will bring together more than 150 leaders from philanthropy, government, UN agencies, civil society, and business to consider how the philanthropy community can connect more with the Sustainable Development Goals over the next 15 years.
The event takes advantage of the momentum created by world leaders who will gather this weekend in New York for the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, where all 193 UN Member States are expected to formally adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the Summit all countries will commit to making lasting progress on 17 ambitious, universal goals by 2030 – with accompanying targets and specific indicators – in areas like ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change. These go beyond the Millennium Development Goals and acknowledge the interlinkages between social, economic and environmental dimensions of human well-being and the health of our planet.
The SDG Philanthropy Platform which was created by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, UNDP and the Foundation Center, and is generously supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation and others. The September 24th event aims to deepen connections between philanthropy leaders and others, and assist foundations in better understanding the opportunities for joining efforts to realize the SDGs locally, nationally, regionally, and globally.
Launched over the past year, the SDG Philanthropy Platform connects local and international philanthropies with ongoing development programs, including government-led discussions on localizing the SDGs. At the global level, the Platform connects philanthropy to global development resources, ensures that funders are included in the development of policy agendas, and facilitates partnerships among foundations, governments, the UN, the private sector and other civil society organizations.
At the national level, the Platform has begun work in Kenya, Colombia, Indonesia, and Ghana, with plans to expand to additional countries in the coming year. In Kenya specifically, the Platform contributed to establishing the Kenya Philanthropy Forum, which is a vehicle for collective engagement of Kenyan philanthropy in advancing national development plans.
Today’s event also features the launch of SDGfunders.org, a website designed by the SDG Philanthropy Platform to facilitate funder engagement in the global development process. Through knowledge sharing and access to critical data, the new website enhances opportunities for collaboration across sectors — philanthropy, government, UN agencies, civil society, and the private sector — to increase the effectiveness of work that addresses common social, environmental, and economic challenges.
SDGfunders.org creates a centralized place for sharing data and knowledge and visualizing progress towards global development outcomes, while fostering collaboration. Powered by Foundation Center, the site offers interactive maps and dashboards tracking key funding data (both from foundations and official development assistance) to individual Millennium Development Goals (MSDGs), SDGs, countries, and population groups. It also lists top funders and recipients working on specific SDGs; provides access to a collection of literature, including case studies and interviews with global experts; and will host an online community that serves as a hub for discussions and knowledge sharing worldwide.
In its next phase, the Platform will expand collaboration opportunities for philanthropic engagement in SDG-related issues, work with in-country philanthropic partners to build data collection capacity, and develop additional services for foundations to help them identify relevant points of entry into the work.
SDGfunders is accessible at SDGfunders.org.
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