SDG Networking Forum 2023

21 June | Remote | By invitation only

Facilitated Networking: One-on-one and group virtual breakout sessions. An opportunity to connect with experts and presenters; exchange ideas with delegates from different sectors and regions, potentially leading to collaborations and partnerships in the future.

International Reach: This virtual forum will bring together professionals from several continents

Round Tables with thought leaders in the field of Sustainable Development who will share their insights on SDGs in focus and their integration with various areas of life and work.

Professional development: It will be a valuable way to stay up-to-date on key trends and build your professional knowledge and network.

Access to exclusive content: The Forum will not be recorded and will only be available to attending guests.

Who will attend

The Forum will bring together representatives of governments, universities, think tanks, international organizations, foundations, and NGOs from around the world to exchange the latest advancements, complex challenges, and unique approaches to playing an active role in Sustainable Development and Building Back Better.


It will be an opportunity to share your sustainable projects with international stakeholders most engaged in the implementation of the SDGs, build valuable connections and expand your global network, and lay the foundation for future joint projects.

Tangible Takeaways

All guests of the Forum will receive a Certificate of Participation for contributing to the multi-stakeholder dialogue on the acceleration and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.

After the Forum

The insights collected during the Forum will be analyzed by the expert team of the Think Tank AlterContatcts. The results will be published as a report. Opinions expressed and cited will be anonymized. All delegates and their organizations will be mentioned together on the special recognition page of the report.

The theme of the Forum is aligned with the upcoming High-level Political Segment of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. 


The SDG Networking Forum took place remotely on 21 June 2023. To ensure truly international inclusiveness and accommodate multiple time zones, the Forum was hosted two times: from 10 am to 1 pm CET and from 5 pm to 8 pm CET.

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This event was open by invitation only. If you would like to be invited for future events, please send the details of your organization and a short motivation to

The funds raised are used for nonprofit initiatives and projects carried out under the umbrella of the SDG Acceleration Action #SDGAction46967 - mOther Earth

About Organizers

The SDG Networking Forum is organized and will be facilitated by the Think Tank AlterContacts, an NGO in Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC. To see more information about us, please have a look around. You can start from the About page. 

Registered Attendees


Guest Projects

RepClime is a land-based mobile app that empowers individuals to take climate action, report real-time incidents and disasters, and support prevention and preparedness. It bridges the gap between rural farmers and governments and serves as an alert system for vulnerable nations. SpaceClime utilizes space-based technology to address environmental challenges, creating an Advanced Climate Early Warning System and enhancing disaster risk reduction. It promotes the use of technologies like GIS in urban planning, increasing resilience. By Team 54 Project

The project promotes the use of clean and sustainable energy by implementing solar power for the water systems. Solar panels and associated equipment are installed to generate electricity for operating pumps and other components necessary for water provision. This shift from fossil fuel-based energy sources to solar power reduces reliance on non-renewable resources and decreases carbon emissions, contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable energy mix. By Yemen Family Care Association

The 15 Minute City concept promises to make urban environments less congested, better connected and accessible which in turn makes them more livable, thus increasing economic and social value. However, the urban distribution cells require transportation systems capable of supplying goods in a sustainable and, preferably out-of-sight manner. Swisspod is developing an autonomous and electric, pipe transportation system that enables urban logistics.

kilometro circular, circular kilometer

The Circular Kilometer, an initiative led by Prof. Pedro Fernandez Carrasco of the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and founder of the Bio Ocean Solutions Hub, aims to create a sustainable and prosperous community based on renewable energy, water management, waste reduction, and recycling principles of circular economy and entrepreneurial innovation, within one square kilometer of land.

The SDGs Desa Center of  Universitas Tidar in Indonesia is involved in designing the urban village Kelurahan Wisata in Magelang. The local government asks for guidance from the university concerning the design and implementation of a tourism program for the village. It is an example of government and academic institution collaboration. It also allows to carry out multidisciplinary research and community service. 

The city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil is implementing a new masterplan centered around SDG 11. It was approved in 2019 and went into full effect in 2023. There is a number of strategies aimed at making the city more sustainable on all fronts of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental. By Prefeitura de Belo Horizonte

M-SCAN contributes to better maternal outcomes through early risk detection of complications arising in pregnancy. It is a portable, affordable, and power-efficient ultrasound device that works on laptops, tablets, and mobile phones in low-resource settings. So far it has scanned 4000 pregnant women and detected over 14.4% of complications in pregnancy which allowed real-time interventions.

Green Office of the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences is one of the 8 launching partners of the Dopper water taps, promoting BPA-free water bottles and fighting against plastic in the oceans. The water taps give students and staff direct insight into their own positive impact and help the university to increase environmental awareness. By June 2023, the university saved more than 34 000 disposable bottles with the water taps, which amounts to 958 kg of plastic that did not end up in the ocean.

The project EuFish by Cosvitec re-evaluates underutilized European fish species by developing species-specific fingerprints to share with stakeholders, SMEs, and consumers with a dedicated database. It will strengthen the economic and social development related to the fishing industry, introducing seafood innovations. It responds to the European objectives of the Blue Bioeconomy and the careful exploitation of living marine biological resources through an ecosystem approach.

Kiwix4School Program enables access to information and knowledge even in areas with inadequate internet infrastructure. It promotes the use of technology and innovative solutions to bridge the digital divide and improve information access. By Open Foundation West Africa/Women for Sustainability

The annual Ghana School on Internet Governance (GhanaSIG) fellowship for youth.  It trains the participants from various stakeholder groups in skills and knowledge they need to influence policy discussions. Especially in the field of technology, such as internet governance, cyber security, digital inclusion, and digital rights. By E-Governance and Internet Governance Foundation for Africa

The Next Generation program provides youth ages 10-18, educators, and practitioners with the practical knowledge, skills, and tools to dismantle prejudice and create safer, more inclusive communities where everyone can thrive. Participants identify issues from climate change, and racism to barriers in housing, and create action plans to drive social change within their spheres of influence. By The Mosaic Institute for Harnessing Diversity. 

image of community food redistribution for children's homes

The project Reharvested Plus is aimed at developing a practical, sustainable circular model to fill the gap between food waste and malnutrition, saving food from going into landfill and making it available for those who need it most. It is curated by Jackline Awino Ochiel, a researcher from the Leaders of Africa Institute in Kenya.

The PRASAD Project Chikitsa is helping communities have access to clean drinking water through water wells. So far, it helped communities and farmers construct and refurbish 59 wells. To prevent waterborne diseases, which can have a significant impact on a family’s health, PRASAD Chikitsa provided 2100 household Water Filters. 

Udayan Care works for children and youth who do not have families to care for them. Programs support girls' empowerment through education and digital literacy and economic empowerment. The programs include a strong advocacy, research, and capacity-building component.

The Climate Change Hub By Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy is a scalable multi-year initiative to advance progress toward climate transformation and recovery goals in Greece and the broader region of southeast Europe through cross-sectoral collaborative action that elevates community voice. The main objective of the Hub is to map out and bring forward the various policies, initiatives and measures for climate action in Greece.

Audits on SDGs often reveal gaps in structures, governance, data collection, and monitoring; fragmentation or duplication of policy; incoherent policies across agencies or levels of government. Through training and guidance, the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation brings together civil society organizations and audit offices to hold governments accountable for SDGs implementation.

Design & Arts Hub Association aims to connect and match fashion students and designers to digital and communication professionals and fashion companies to promote collaboration and create job opportunities with a special focus on eco-sustainability. It trains young fashion students on fashion sustainability.

ACTAsia’s Caring for Life education program for children aims to help Asian children, aged between 6 and 12 years old, to develop a sense of compassion and responsibility for animals, people, and the environment.

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