Global Marathon of Engagement
Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director, speech at Eval4Action Global Marathon of Engagement
UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth speech at Eval4Action Global Marathon of Engagement
Eval4Action co-leaders detailing the relevance of the campaign
To galvanize momentum around Eval4Action, an interactive virtual Global Marathon of Engagement was organized on 10 June 2020. The event marked the official launch of the campaign at the global level, and informed stakeholders on the key purpose and design of the campaign. The event further mobilized about 70 partners to actively engage in advocacy for influential evaluation, under the aegis of the campaign.
Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director delivered a keynote address at the event and officially launched the campaign. Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, delivered opening remarks highlighting the alignment and relevance of Eval4Action to the UN Youth Strategy 2030 and the importance of strengthening youth led accountability processes to achieve the SDGs. The opening statements also highlighted the alignment and relevance of Eval4Action during the UN Secretary-General’s Decade of Action and the key role of young and emerging evaluators in accelerating progress towards the SDGs.
The campaign co-leaders Khalil Bitar, Marco Segone and Hon. Kabir Hashim, representing EvalYouth Global Network, UNFPA and the Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation respectively, articulated the importance of multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral advocacy during the Decade of Action, and the relevance of Eval4Action to this agenda.
The Global Marathon of Engagement generated momentum among the nearly 300 participants including youth, who attended the virtual event. About 70 motivational statements of engagement were delivered at the Marathon from around the world, with young evaluators taking center stage.
With the official launch of the event, Eval4Action is moving to its next phase that focuses on generating regional and national commitments to action toward influential evaluation, via a series of regional consultations. More information on the regional consultations is available here.