Unique Ways and Unified Decisions - Partnerships for Implementation

Workshop Partner


Working Group discussing Goal 17 "Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”



The notion of ‘Means of implementation’ describes the interdependent mix of financial resources, technology development and transfer, capacity‐building, inclusive and equitable globalization and trade, regional integration, as well as the creation of a national enabling environment required to implement the new sustainable development agenda, particularly in developing countries.   The implementation of the post‐2015 development agenda will require States and other relevant actors, acting individually and collectively, to adopt policies and mobilize resources to advance equitable, human rights‐based, sustainable development.    

In this regard, a renewed and strengthened global partnership for mobilizing the means of implementation needs to

  • Address the social, economic and environmental dimensions in an integrated manner;
  • Build on existing commitments and governance structures, ensuring that new initiatives reinforce previous successes;
  • Reinforce coherence in the implementation of a universal post‐2015 agenda, leveraging resources across diverse funding mechanisms; and
  • Strengthen governance and accountability frameworks, providing for multi‐stakeholder engagement, including for financing, technology innovation and diffusion, and capacity building for people and institutions.

The Sustainable Development Goals and targets came into effect on 1 January 2016 and will guide the decisions we take over the next fifteen years. All of us will work to implement the Agenda within our own countries and at the regional and global levels, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities.
This workshop, Unique Ways and Unified Decisions - Partnerships for Implementation focused on the targets of the SDG 17 as specified by the UN:

  • Governance and Institution Building (Finance)
  • Technology
  • Capacity-Building
  • Market Mechanism
  • Systemic Issues
    • Policy and Institutional coherence
    • Multi-stakeholder partnerships
    • Data, monitoring and accountability 

The 3 day discussions focused on and was built on the experiences from the field-actions; gender sensitive projects implemented by CBOs and the NGOs, adopting a more bottom up planning and a participatory approach, supported through the GEF/UNDP Small Grants Program, hosted through Centre for Environment Education (CEE).

Partnerships, Alliances and Networks for the SDGs, are a unique multi-stakeholder platform for the achievement of effective implementation of the programs for increased incomes and growth for all.

The workshop initiative offered opportunities on

  • Exchange of ideas, experiences, good practices, learning's, for Unified Decisions with all Stakeholders for a Long Term Development Vision.
  • Provides unmatched platform for networking of stakeholders across SDGs (Governments, Businesses and Civil Society) and Improving Accessibility to both Resources,  Knowledge and Technology
  • Provides a big picture of SDGs to have a clear global to National and Local vision and objectives that cut across all three pillars of sustainable development- Environmental, Economic and Social including (institutional governance)
  • Mobilize and adopt innovative solutions; transparent tracking framework towards the objectives of Sustainable Development  People, Planet, Partnerships, Peace, and Prosperity
  • Capacity to leverage large-scale investments to achieve the desired SDGs.

Participant and Audience:
The workshop brought together speakers and participants from national and international institutions, policy makers, government agencies, experts and practitioners.

Participants and speakers were invited to submit abstracts and papers which were then circulated to the participants of the workshop.

Workshop Focal Point:

Mr. Prabhjot Sodhi
Country Program Manager,
GEF/UNDP Small Grants Program
Contact: +91-9811811996
Email: prabhjot.sodhi@ceeindia.org

Bibhu Prasad Tripathy
Contact: +91-9437076344
Email: bibhu.tripathy@ceeindia.org

Workshop Sessions

Date & Time

Session Details


11 January 2016

08:00-09:30 Hrs



09:30-10:45 Hrs

Inaugural Plenary at Plenary Venue

  • Setting the Tone

10:45-11:15 Hrs


Working Session Inaugural
11:15 – 13:15 Hrs. (2.0 Hrs.)

Technology Options for Inclusive Growth
Chair:  Dr S Faizi, Ecologist, Tiruvanthapuram.
Co-Chair:  Dr. R K Thakur, Prject Coordinator, AICAP, New Delhi.

  • Welcome to the Participants and Setting up the Tone - Mr P.S. Sodhi, Country Program Manager, GEF/UNDP SGP, CEE, New Delhi.
  • Mr. Ranganathan, Director, CTRD, Nilgiris.
  • Dr.  RK Thakur, Prject Coordinator, AICAP, New Delhi.
  • Dr. Ramesh Jalan, Resource Person & Moderator, Climate Change Community, Solution Exchange, UNDP India.

1315-1430 Hrs


Working  Session I
14:30 - 16:00 Hrs. (1.5 Hrs.)

Partnerships for Sustainable 
Implementation of Projects
Chair:  Sh Susheel Kumar, IAS, Special Secretary MoEF&CC, GoI, New Delhi.
Dr Sampat Kale, Proff. TISS, Tuljapur, Osmanabad.
Dr S Faizi, Ecologist, Thiruvananthapuram

P. S. Sodhi, Country Program Manager, GEF/UNDP SGP, CEE

Kartikeya V. Sarabhai, Director, CEE

Dr. Ashwini Kumar, Senior Program Manager, IIPM, Bangalore

Ganapati Bhat, Director, Manuvikasa, Sirsi

Anjan Jena, Secretary, Cooperation for Rural Excellence (CORE), Cuttack


  • Briefings on the purpose - Unique Ways and Unified Decisions workshop – Mr P.S. Sodhi, Country Program Manager, GEF/UNDP SGP, CEE, New Delhi.
  • SDGs, its importance and benefits for the communities – Sh Kartikeya V. Sarabhai, Director CEE, Ahmedabad.
  • Dr. Ashwini Kumar, Sr. Program Manager, IIPM, Banglore.
  • Mr. Ganapati Bhat, Director, Manuvikasa, Sirsi.
  • Mr. Anjan Jena, Secretary, Cooperation for Rural Excellence (CORE), Cuttack

16:00-16:30 Hrs


Working  Session II
16:30 - 18:30 Hrs.
(2 Hrs.)

Areas and Indicators to be addressed for Better Implementation of Projects
Chair:    Mr. Sudhir Sinha, New Delhi
Co-Chair:   Mr. P. S. Sodhi, CPM – GEF/UNDP SGP, CEE

  • Background to the MTR for GEF/SGP – Mr. P. S. Sodhi.
  •  Mr. Samir Kujur, Sr. Consultant, Inspire Network (CBD & LD)
  • Mr. Shankar Haldar, Sr. Consultant, Inspire Network (CC)
  • Mr. Sudhir Sinha, New Delhi.

18:30-20:00 Hrs

Visit to the Exhibition

Cultural Evening and Dinner

Cultural Evening and Networking of Ideas

12 January 2016

09:30 – 10:45 Hrs. (1.15 Hrs.)

Plenary 2 at Plenary Venue

Measurement, Indicators Tracking Progress

10:45 - 11:15 Hrs


Session III
11:15- 13:15 Hrs.
(2 Hrs.)

Scaling Up and Mainstreaming Partnerships
Chair:  Dr Karuna Singh, Country Program Manager, Earth Day Network
Co-Chair: Sh Anil Arora, Sr Program Officer, GEF/UNDP, SGP, CEE New Delhi 

  • Ms Nonika Lal, Head CSR, HSBC Life Insurance, Gurgaon.
  • Mr Aditya Pundir, Country Manager, The Climate Reality Project India, New Delhi
  • Mr Pratyush Panda, Head CSR, ACC Limited, Mumbai.
  • Mr Biplab Kumar, Director, Lok Vikas, Ahmadabad
  • Mr. Nirmal Awasthi, Director, Paramparagat, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh.

13:30- 14:30 Hrs


Session IV
14:30 - 16:00 Hrs.
(1.30 Hrs.)

Impact Assessment in Projects – Ways & Means
Chair: Ms. Reema Nanavaty, Director, SEWA  
Co Chair:

  • Mr Bibhu Prasad Tripathy, I/C CEE East, Odisha
  • Mr Sanjeev Vasudev, Director, STADD, New Delhi.
  • Dr Sampat Kale, Proff. TIIS, Tuljapur, Osmanabad.
  • Mr. Kumar Amit, Program Manager, Aditya Birla CSR

16:00-16:30 Hrs


Session IV

16:30 - 18:30 Hrs.
(2 Hrs.)

GEF Thematic Areas Importance & Priority Areas
Chair:  Dr Apoorva Oza, CEO AKRSP, Ahmadabad
Co-Chair:    Mr. Aimal Khaurin, National Coordinator – GEF/UNDP SGP, Afganisthan

  • Mr. Anil Arora –GEF Requirements in Thematic Areas
  • Dr. S Faizi, Ecologist.
  • Dr. Shankar Halder
  • Mr. P Srinivas, Bangalore
  • Manisha Chowdhury, UNDP, India
  • Dr. S N Srinivas, Program Analyst, UNDP India


18:30-20:00 Hrs



13 January 2016

Working Session V
09:45- 10:45 Hrs.
(1.00 Hrs.)

What for Sustainability, New Ideas for SDGs Implementation

Co-Chair:  Dr. L K Vaswani, Director, KSRM, Bhubaneswar   

  • Mr Nand Kishore, We Care Society, Banglore.
  • T J James, PDS
  • Mr. Raju Sharma, DAPTA


Working Session VI
12:00- 13:30 Hrs.
(1.30 Hrs.)

Formulating Recommendations – Way Forward for GEF/UNDP, SGP Program and Stakeholders
Chair: Mr Jaco Cilliers, Country Director UNDP, New Delhi
Co Chair: Sh Pooran Chandra Pandey, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Network India, New Delhi

  • Team Building - Mr. Ashish Bawa
  • Presentation on Priorities for Thematic & Geographic Areas - Dr L K Vaswani  /Mr PS Sodhi
  • Karima Delijam, One Afghanistan organization
  • Priorities for SDGs - Sh Pooran Chandra Pandey
  • Open House Discussions

13:30-14:30 Hrs


14:30-16:00 Hrs
(1.30 Hrs)

Closing Plenary at Plenary Venue

The Way Forward

16:00-16:30 Hrs

High Tea 



NOTE: Please all the presenters are requested to keep the presentations to no more than 18/20 Minuets