Contributions of Private Sector and Civil Society

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

HSA Conference Room, 4 West 43rd Street New York, NY 10036

8:00 – 9:00am   Breakfast

9:00 – 9:10am   Opening Welcome Remarks

  • Huseyin Hurmali, Vice-President of JWF
  • Zafer Akın, President of PII

9:10 – 9:20 am   Introduction UN Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Roadmap to Sustainable Development Goals

Keynote: H.E. Elois Anguimate, Minister of Education, Central African Republic

9:30 – 11:00 am   Panel 1: Contributions of Civil Society

Moderator: Mr. Jeffery Huffines, UN Representative (NY), CIVICUS

  • Sello Hatang, CEO, Nelson Mandela Foundation, South Africa
  • Helmut Dinse, President, Eringerfeld Educational Institution, Germany
  • Besnik Mustafaj, President, The Albanian Forum for the Alliance of Civilization, Albania
  • Savas Metin, Secretary-General, Kimse Yok Mu, Turkey
  • Erik Kabera, Director, Kwetu Film Institute, Rwanda

11:00 – 11:15am   Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45pm   Panel 2: Contributions of Private Sector

Keynote: H.E. Atefeh Riazi, Assistant Secretary-General and

   Chief Information Technology Officer, United Nations

Moderator: Ms. Leanne Bayer, Senior Social Development Specialist, World Bank Group

  • Mohamed Ali Ansar, Co-Director, Timbuktu Renaissance Association (Mali)
  • David Hong, Once Acre Fund, East Africa
  • Manoj Gursahani, President, US India Investment Forum, India
  • Lambert Koty, President and CEO, AGETUR, Benin

1:00 – 2:00pm   Piano Performance by Paul Knight

1:00 – 2:00pm    Lunch

2:00 – 3:30pm   Panel 3: Perspectives from UN Member States

Keynote: H.E. Mr. Lener Renauld, Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Republic of Haiti

Moderator: H.E. Mr. Ashok Sajjanhar, Former Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan,

       Sweden and Latvia

  • Arben Malaj, President, Institute for Public Policy and Good Governance, Albania
  • Ndeye Awa Mbodj, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, President of the Network of Parliament for Promoting the Defense and the Integration of Senegalese Diaspora, Senegal
  • George Francis Nangale, President, Tanzania Red Cross Society, Tanzania
  • Tran Viet Thai, Deputy Director-General & Director, Institute for Foreign and Strategic Studies, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), Vietnam

3:30 – 3:45pm    Coffee Break

3:45 – 5:45pm   Panel 4: The Way Forward

Keynote: H.E. Thomas Gass, Assistant-Secretary-General Policy Coordination and

Inter-Agency Affairs UN DESA (United Nations-NY)

Moderator: Dr. Lisa Goddard, Director, International Research Institute for Climate and

       Society, Earth Institute, Columbia University

  • Steve Killelea, President & Founder, Institute for Economics and Peace, Australia
  • Laurence Kemball Cook, CEO & Founder, Pavegen, U.K.
  • E. Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma, First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone
  • E. Mrs. Aisha Buhari, Wife of the President of Nigeria
  • E. Ms. Fatou Lamin Faye, Minister of Basic and Secondary Education of the Gambia




6:00pm   Closing Remarks

  • E. Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Director

Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships Bureau, UN Women