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Panel Discussion: Leveraging the SDGs for Transformational Change

November 18 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am


Leveraging the SDGs for Transformational Change – Case Studies from the Global South

Join us to learn how organizations and activists from the Global South are leveraging the UN Sustainable Development Goals for Transformational Change. Continuing BCCIC’s exploration of the SDGs as a transformational framework we are now looking to deepen the discussion with case studies from the Global South. This unique web-panel brings together leading thinkers, activists and changemakers from India, Nepal and Cameroon to share their understandings of transformational change and their experience of working with the SDGs to achieve this change. Panelists will draw on their wealth of experience with grassroots community engagement, activism, academia, policy development and movement building to explore and discuss the following topics:

  • The evolving concept of transformational change and what its relevance to the Global South. 
  • The transformational principles and opportunities that are embedded in the SDGs.
  • The practice of leveraging the SDGs for transformational change in the context of the Global South.

Panel discussion will be followed by breakout sessions to allow the audience to engage in a more intimate discussion with the panelists.

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About the Presenters

Pam Rajput, Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies & Development

Pam Rajput, is an Indian academic turned internationally renowned activist who has been engaged in the women’s movement since the mid-70s both in India and internationally. She helped organize and was the first Speaker of a “Women’s Parliament” that brought together over 500 women leaders from every part of India. A recipient of many academic fellowships, she is a member of several expert committees and bodies in India including the nation’s: Planning Commission, Ministry of Women & Child Development, National Commission for Women, delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and many others. Pam founded the Centre for Women’s Studies & Development, is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Political Science at Panjab University and former Chair of the Government of India High Level Committee on the Status of Women in India. She is currently a member of the UN CSAG and the International Co-Chair of the Working Group on Women of BRICS Russian Civil Forum and Chair of the Working Group on Inclusive Decision Making of Women 20.

Shanta Laxmi Shrestha, Chairperson, Beyond Beijing Committee – Nepal

Shanta Lakshmi Shrestha chairs the Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC), a coalition of women’s rights and gender-justice organizations working to advance the status of women in Nepal. It was created after the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995. The Committee advocates and monitors the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) from the grassroots to the global level.

Ntiokam Divine, Managing Director and President of the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network  – Cameroon

Divine Ntiokam recognizes the critical importance of the youth in building a resilient, sustainable and prosperous agricultural sector in Africa. This passion drove Divine to start the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) in May 2014, of which he is now the Managing Director. Teams in 65 countries work to raise awareness of Climate Smart Agriculture among young men and women, educating them on the benefits of sustainable approaches to increasing agricultural yields and resilience. Alongside his role in CSAYN, Divine was elected as the African Continental Vice President of Youth in Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture Incubation Network in July 2018. By providing business incubation and powerful networks of support, the Network aims to build an Africa in which youth-owned enterprises in animal resources contribute to poverty reduction and food security. In addition, he was equally nominated as one of the Food and Land Use (FOLU) Coalition International Ambassador in 2018. Ntiokam was also recently selected as a Food Systems Champion to participate in the Food Systems Champions Network to organize the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit

Estefania Charvet, Head of Programmes, Southern Voice

Estefania Charvet is Head of Programmes at Southern Voice, a vibrant network of over 50 Think Tanks from Africa, Latin America and Asia, which aims at bringing the perspectives of the Global South into the international debate on the 2030 Agenda. As Head of Programmes, Estefania coordinates the implementation of Southern Voices’ research initiatives, which provide meaningful insights to support the achievement of the SDGs at the global, regional and national level. Besides undertaking research and programmatic activities, she worked on creating bridges between local research organizations and global actors, facilitating the participation of Southern Voices members in international debates on sustainable development. 

Before joining Southern Voice, Estefania has worked for research organizations and Think Tanks in South America and Europe. She has experience implementing research projects for international organizations. She has conducted research and authored policy documents in the fields of political inclusion, gender, participation and accountability.


What: Transformative Private Sector Approaches to the SDGs

When: Wednesday November 18th, from 8 am – 10 am (Pacific Time) 

Where: Zoom

Cost: Free.

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November 18
8:00 am - 10:00 am