2020 National Forum Agenda
|Monday, December 7
|7:30 — 8:00 am PST
10:30 – 11:00 am EST
|Networking, Virtual Exhibit Hall
|8:00 — 8:30 am PST
11:00 – 11:30 am EST
|8:30 – 9:45 am PST
11:30 – 12:45 pm EST
|Ensuring A Just Recovery
The global pandemic has illuminated and at times exacerbated inequalities in our healthcare, economic systems, and access to justice. We are at a moment in history to reset and reimagine a better and more equitable future. We should not build back to the status quo. Fundamental aspects of human rights, justice, and equity should underpin our decisions in 2021. Join a panel of speakers who will talk about the evolving dimensions of ensuring a just recovery.
|Natural Capital and Sustainability
Natural Capital represents the world’s stock of natural resources on our land and in the water. These resources underpin our economy and make life possible. Additionally, the Monterey Framework underscores livelihood security and access to resources alongside ecological sustainability. At this moment in time, how can we foster economic models that ensures environmental sustainability? Join experts on this panel to explore the intersection of economic development, preservation of small scale farmer and fisher livelihoods, and eco-system survival.
|Disruption and Leapfrogging to a Better Future
The world took a collective pause during the worldwide spread of COVID-19. The pandemic disrupted our economies, healthcare, and social constructs. However, it presents an opportunity to reimagine future strategies that could leapfrog our current thinking, tools, and technology. The introduction of the cell phone to many low and middle income countries sparked new advances in mobile payments, mHealth, and digital infrastructure. What should we be thinking about now for this next leapfrog opportunity? How can we ensure equity and sustainability as we transition into 2021? Join experts on this panel to discuss strategic and equable leaps for global development given the disruption of COVID-19.
|9:45 – 9:50 am PST
12:45 – 12:50 pm EST
|9:50 – 10:00 am PST
12:50 – 1:00 pm EST
|Presentation of 2020 Global Hero Award
|10:00 – 10:45 am PST
1:00 – 1:45 pm EST
|Plenary Panel: Fundamental Aspects of the SDGs
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established to track progress on 17 distinct goals ranging from clean energy to global health. While each of the goals will need deep area expertise deployed to reach the targets, there are certain foundational elements that cut across all the goals. Fundamental aspects that are cross-cutting include equity, human rights, adapting to a changing climate, and using a gender focused approach to name a few. Join leaders from multiple sectors and disciplines who will bring to light the underlying aspects of the SDGs to help guide a holistic approach.
|10:45 — 11:25 am PST
1:45 – 2:25 pm EST
|Plenary Panel: Global Development Post-Election in the U.S.
2020 was a tumultuous year staring with a global pandemic, calls for racial equality, and most recently a divisive election. President-elect Joe Biden is starting to build his Administration, vowing to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, and reaching out to world leaders, signaling a departure from President Trump’s America First doctrine. Yet, the recent election revealed a deeply divided electorate in the U.S. that might hamper strategies promoting global engagement. What can the global development community expect from a Biden Administration given the current political context? Join to hear expert their perspectives and insights.
|11:25 – 11:35 am PST
2:25 – 2:35 pm EST
|11:35 – 12:00 pm PST
2:35 – 3:00 pm EST
|SDG Multi-Media Session
Introductory Remarks: Rick Steves, Travel Writer
|Tuesday, December 8
|7:30 – 8:00 am PST
10:30 – 11:00 am EST
|Networking, Virtual Exhibit Hall, Featured Videos
|8:00 – 8:55 am PST
11:00 – 11:55 am EST
|8:55 – 10:05 am PST
11:55 – 1:05 pm EST
Mexico, Canada, and Sweden have explicitly called their development assistance and foreign policy as feminist. Meaning, a leadership approach that is supportive and inclusive of those most marginalized due to their gender identity. In order to achieve each of the SDGs, a feminist approach needs to be a fundamental aspect of program design, implementation, and leadership. Join experts in this area to discuss strengthening feminist leadership for global development.
|Effective Partnerships and Social Capital
No one sector of society will be able to achieve the SDGs on their own. Often incentives and objectives for stakeholders do not align to achieve equity and sustainability for those most marginalized in low and middle income countries. However, there are outstanding examples of effective partnerships among NGOs, private sector, faith leaders, and local governments. What are the ingredients needed to form effective partnership to advance the SDGs? What is the appropriate role of each sector to maximize success? Join experts in forming effective partnerships to examine this evolving topic.
We have 10 short years to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The need to galvanize support and get back on track for the SDGs is urgent. Failure could mean that hunger and starvation would double, a raging pandemic would go unabated, and we would pass the tipping point of a climate catastrophe. The cost of inaction is too high. However, there is a resurgence of civil action in support of global issues and hope for the future. Join this session to hear from motivational leaders who have catalyzed movements to achieve the SDGs.
|10:05 – 10:10 am PST
1:05 – 1:10 pm EST
|10:10 – 10:55 am PST
1:10 – 1:55 pm EST
|Plenary Panel: Next Gen Leadership for Global Development
2020 marks an inflection point for the global development community and an opportunity to build more equitable solutions. This change will not happen overnight and will take strong, dedicated leadership for decades to come. Fortunately, there has been a resurgence of youth activism around the world on topics such as climate change, human rights, and the SDGs. Bringing youth voices to the table will be essential to advancing the SDGs. Join three young professionals who are leading the way for the future of global development.
|10:55 – 11:30 am PST
1:55 – 2:30 pm EST