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The SDG6 Research and Innovation Marathon Relay: for Southeast Asia

21 Mar 2023
9:00am - 11:00am

UN Water 2023: Accelerating the achievement of SDG6 through partnerships

The SDG6 Research and Innovation Marathon Relay

Global Research and Innovation Priorities to Achieve SDG6: A world-wide marathon relay of ideas and recommendations on SDG6 acceleration

In March 2023, there will be a unique occasion for the first time in more than 40 years, the General Assembly of the United Nations will debate the challenges of the freshwater crisis and its solutions. In 2020 Secretary-General António Guterres announced his concern with the delays with which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being achieved. He called on the world to accelerate, particularly the water SDG (SDG6), as water crosscuts and is key to almost all other SDGs. Five accelerators were proposed: Finance, Data and Information, Capacity Development, Innovation, and Governance.

In just 24 hours, we will go around the world and connect researchers to debate the research needed to accelerate the five pillars of the acceleration framework. We will start in New York City on the 20 March from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center in West Harlem and end approximately 24 hours later back in New York at the famed Roosevelt House in mid-town Manhattan.

The marathon relay event will take place in blocks of 2 hours over 24 hours (20-21 March 2023), where a virtual baton will be passed on to meeting participants distributed over different time zones. Although the event will be of interest to all scholars working in the water sector (SDG6), participants from the corporate and governmental sectors and researchers in other fields (other SDGs) are also welcome.

The 2-hour time slot for Southeast Asia (SEA)/China will be on 21 March 2023 from 0900-1100h (Bangkok time, GMT+7). The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, is the manager of the SEA/China time zone session. To dive deep into the accelerators within the available time, the discussion during the time zone session will concentrate on TWO accelerators – Capacity Development and Innovation. We, however, will also discuss other accelerators – Finance, Data and Information, and Governance from the perspectives of Capacity Development and Innovation.

We cordially invite you to join the SEA/China time zone session during UN Water 2023.

Program details (SEA/China time zone)

Date: 21 March 2023

Time: 09:00-11:00 AM (Bangkok Time, GMT+7)

Mode: Online

Please complete the form to receive a Zoom link for the SEA/China time zone session. Please note this event is limited to 300 participants. A Zoom link for the session will be sent to the first 300 registrants by 18 March 2023.

More details on the event are available at https://asrc.gc.cuny.edu/event/new-york-city-water-week-event-the-sdg-6-research-and-innovation-marathon-relay/

Please feel free to contact Dr. Mukand Babel at [email protected] if you need any further information regarding SEA/China time zone session.–