3rd October, Delhi
CSO Forum was organized to involve sub regional CSO participants (from Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Pakistan, Maldives , Iran and India) in the sub regional Forum. More than 60 participants participated in the Forum updating the forum on the latest global, regional and national development and finalizing strategy for intervention in the sub regional Forum.
16th September, Delhi
The National Consultation was organized in collaboration with MAUSAM, PAIRVI, CECOEDECON, TWN, ADA and WNTA, wherein more than 70 representatives from the CSOs participated reflecting on progress on the SDGs, outcomes of the HLPF 2018 and priorities for agenda 2030 in 2019. Many of the BCPH members also participated in the Consultation.
30th and 31st July, Bengaluru
The Consultation was organized in collaboration with the Environment Support Group (ESG) Bengaluru and ETC group. The consultation discussed global, national and sub national priorities and challenges in climate, food and agriculture and sustainability initiatives and understood that climate change and sustainable development are being used as tools to promote corporate interests and false slutions; which is making the situation worse for the people on the frontline of impacts, and how meaningful actions can be organized to resist false solutions and promote sustainability, equity and justice. More than 40 participants including CSOs, youth, CBOs, gender groups and academics participated in the Consultation.
18 July 2018, New York
HLPF was held from 9th to 18th July at UN HQ at New York to take stock of the implementation of the SDGs under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council of the UN. This year 47 countries presented their Voluntary National Report (VNR). Approx 2000 representatives of the governments, CSOs and other stakeholders participated in the HLPF.
12 -13 June 2018
A visit to the Tummalapalle Uranium mines tailing pond and villages around the mine Tummalapalle, revealed possibly very large scale radioactive material/ particles contamination of air and groundwater. Unusually high no of residents, particularly children, are having serious skin "lesions", which could be skin cancer (need to be examined by an experienced medical professional). Hectares of banana plantations are wasted - could be also because of the large Sodium salt content in ground water, as UCIL is using a leaching process using high concentration of Sodium salts. Dozens of goats & sheep dying, cows & buffaloes also died when drinking leaked-from-pipe discharges. The fact finding generated stirs and print as well as digital media reported on the findings.
5th April, Patna
Kabeer ke Log, Patna University, A N Sinha Institute, co organized this consultation with MAUSAM on the occasion of jayanti of ShKarpoori Thakur. ShSharad Joshi, Ajay K Jha, and Din Bandhu Vats participated in this Consultation. ShShushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister, Bihar speaking on the occasion said that Bihar Government has been consistent with its effort in promoting the interests of weaker sections, mahadalits and women through a variety of measures and remain committed to the cause of affirmative action and social justice.
16-18 April, Leuven, Belgium
Central Theme of the conference was “Towards Transforming our Relationship with Nature.’’ SoumyaDutta was one of the three participants from India. The Conference involved building deeper understanding on following current systemic crises: 1) looking at systemic crises through the lens of mainstream narratives. 2) Deepening our understanding of systemic dimensions of our relationship with nature and 3) deepening our understanding of systemic crises. SoumyaDutta actively participated as a speaker and facilitator in sessions including open space session on Planning Actions for the COP-24 in Katowice, Poland.
The APFSD’s 5th edition was organized by ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific during 28th to 30th March at UN Conference Centre (UNCC) Bangkok. The APFSD is regional preparatory meeting for the HLPF, which will take place during 8th to 20th July at UN headquarters at New York. The HLPF will be held on theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies. The goals under review are SDG6, SDG7, SDG11, SDG12, SDG15 and SDG17. More than 750 delegates discussed regional perspective on the follow up and review of the Agenda 2030. Sh Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NitiAyog and LevanDavitashivili, Minister, Fiji were appointed Co-Chair of the APFSD5. Ajay participated in the APFSD5, and besides curating a number of constituency statements, he spoke on a panel on Goal 12 (Sustainable and consumption and production) organized by UNESCAP along with Minister from Bhutan and Chair of the Switch-Asia, who were the other panelists.
17 February 2018, Jaipur.
PAIRVI, CECOEDECON and BCPH collective organized the National Consultation as prep meeting for the CSW and took this opportunity also to reflect on the status of the SDGs and Paris Agreement. Ms. UshaPunia, former Minister, Rajasthan, Ms. NeelamGorhe, Chief Whip and MLC, Maharashtra Legislative Council, Mr. Fons van der Valden, Context, Netherlands, Mr. Shyam Chandra, University of Iowa, Ms. AparnaSahay, Chairperson PAIRVI, Mr. Sunil Jacob, UNFPA Rajasthan participated in the Consultation. The Consultation underlined that lot of efforts need to be put in to build pressure on the government to take effective and meaningful policies and programmes. In the context of the CSW, the speakers highlighted that though status of women has improved generally, there are some areas where progress is required (women’s role in the legislatures, taking the benefits of the IT to women, recognizing patriarchy and oppression as a state policy.
25 April 2018 | Delhi
The Consultation started with the welcome by Mr. Ajay Jha. He put forth the objective of the consultation to discuss the state of play of big technology related to climate change, sustainable development, agriculture and food systems at the global level.