Sunita Kotnala is a member of SAFP since 2007 and was nominated as an Advisory Board Member- Strategy and Governance ( 2009-2016). Following changes to the NGO management rules in India, she is now working with SAFP in a pro-bono capacity from time to time at the UN DESA for HLPF related activities for monitoring and implementation of the SDG’s. A social development professional with a Master of Social Work degree, she brings extensive experience of public sector, international development and the civil society organisations (CSO’s) in mental health, crime prevention and city planning, gender based violence, urban poverty and sustainability; She lives in Sydney, Australia and consult globally to address issues of inequality, safety, 2030 Agenda and cross sector governance.
2015/16 Report Sunita Kotnala Consulting
In 2015 Sunita represented SAFP at the Women Major Group(WMG) at UN http://www.womenmajorgroup.org/ , the NGO Major Group https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/majorgroups/ngos , and the Asia Pacific- Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (AP-RCEM) https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/10108AP-RCEM%20Position%20Paper%20to%20HLPF%202016.pdf in the development and finalisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Activities included
- Invitation to the UN DESA Stakeholders Expert Group Meeting (EBM) as an Expert for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?page=view&nr=1948&type=13&menu=1634, the key international mechanism for monitoring of the national reviews of the SDG’s.
- Leading the WMG HLPF position paper “Ensuring that no one is left behind: Listen to the women for a change” http://www.womenmajorgroup.org/high-level-political-forum-wmgs-brief-on-systemic-barriers-to-achieving-sustainable-development/
- Organising and presenting a side event “Getting set for the SDG implementation from local to global- Presenting GGEO, gender resource gap, gender budgeting” with WMG member organisations and member states https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=20000&nr=453&menu=2993iwith
- Case studies of Indian grass roots organisations about women’s leadership for re-establishing biodiversity and improving food production and food security http://www.landcoalition.org/en/regions/asia/goodpractice/landless-farmers-turn-idle-land-fertile-land-and-obtain-titles
- Representing WMG and AP-RCEM at the WHO Strategic Partnerships for the non- communicable diseases meeting.
2018/19 report Sunita Kotnala Consulting
Sunita completed her contract as Advisor, Gender Based Violence Counselling with Ministry of Health, Republic of Nauru in the Pacific in May 2018. Since her return she has been working with SAFP to stregnthen their activities and explore funding for existing programmes and future research activities. In 2018 she presented a number of lectures in India as provided below
- Presented a Soapbox/ Ignite pitch presentation ” Global South and feminist leadership in social development: colonialist and ‘white feminist’ bias in international development” at the RDI Leadership Conference 2019, Melbourne, Australia https://www.latrobe.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/1026674/RDI-CONFERENCE-Delegate-Handbook-final.pdf
Presentation is available at https://harvard.academia.edu/SunitaKotnala
2. “Business and the Sustainable Development Goals ( SDG’s)” at the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women, New Delhi https://www.linkedin.com/in/sunita-kotnala-10b55110/detail/recent-activity/shares/
2. “Integrating Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) in NGO Startegic Plans” to Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi (RGVN) http://www.rgvn.org/, Assam Executive and staff on 12 Feb 2019.
3. “Gender Planning in Smart Cities- Social Policy Implications” at the Jamia Millia Islamia University Centre for Women’s Studies, New Delhi https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/gender-planning-smart-cities-social-policy-sunita-kotnala/
4. Attended the Skill Women Workshop https://saltaustralia.org.au/skillwomen-workshops/ to learn how to feel manage tools for repair and maintenance and became part of the SALT ( SUpporting and Linking Tradeswomen) that since 2012 created a unique vision of teaching as many women and girls as possible how to use tools and manage their lives, creating apprenticeship opportunities for girls in infrastructure and construction industries.
5. Attended the Jaipur Literature Festival, January 2019 http://www.rajasthanevent.com/jlf/jaipur-literature-festival/ to evaluate the inclusion of gender, disability, elderly, climate and envoirnment related themes in the presentations. It was heartening to note the sensitivity and inclusion towards all of these themes in the festival.