Major Groups and other Stakeholders at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
UN High Level Political Forum
The 2018 High Level Political Forum was held at UN headquarters in New York from Monday 9 to Wednesday 18 July.
At the annual forum, governments, civil society and business, review progress towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
UN member states self-report their progress towards the goals by presenting a report known as a Voluntary National Review (VNR). In 2018, 47 countries will present their Voluntary National Reviews, the highest number so far
In 2018 the forum will have a special in-depth focus on goals related to the theme of Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies, however governments are expected to report on all 17 goals:
- Goal 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
- Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
- Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
- Goal 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
- Goal 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
- Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. This goal is considered each year.
Full list of countries under review at this year’s High Level Political Forum:
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Benin, Bhutan, Cabo Verde, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Namibia, Niger, Paraguay, Poland, Qatar, Republic of the Congo, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, State of Palestine, Sudan, Switzerland, Togo, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uruguay, and Vietnam
Civil society coalitions also monitor progress towards achieving the goals. A wide range of ‘Spotlight’ reports are prepared by different constituencies. As in previous years, Action for Sustainable Development is supporting member coalitions in a number of countries to submit Civil Society Reports to offer an independent assessment of the engagement process and key priorities for their countries at the HLPF, these will include:
- Lao People’s Democratic Republic
- Sri Lanka
Major Groups and other Stakeholders at the HLPF
The UN Major Groups and other Stakeholders is an official mechanism to allow broad public participation in decision-making related to international sustainable development. There are currently nine stakeholder groups who are able to have a formal say in the design of sustainable development policies and programs, these constituencies include; Business and Industry; Trade Unions; Indigenous Peoples; Children and Youth; Women; Farmers; Local Government; Non-governmental Organisations; Science and Technology community. As of the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Summit in 2012, governments invited other stakeholders, including local communities, volunteer groups and foundations, migrants and families, as well as older persons and persons with disabilities, to participate in UN processes related to sustainable development. These stakeholder groups each have coordinators whose role it is to reach out to their global constituency, prepare them for UN deliberations on sustainable development, and prepare position papers and inputs.
At the High Level Political Forum Major Groups and other Stakeholders are able to participate in the following ways:
- Attend all official meetings of the forum;
- Have access to all official information and documents;
- Intervene in official meetings;
- Submit documents and present written and oral contributions;
- Make recommendations;
- Organize side events and round tables, in cooperation with Member States and the Secretariat;
To learn more about the Major Groups, please click on the constituency that aligns with your work:
- Business and Industry
- Children and Youth
- CSO Constituency on Financing for Development
- Education and Academics Stakeholder Group
- Indigenous Peoples
- Local Authorities
- Non Government Organisations
- Persons with Disabilities
- Scientific & Technological Community
- Stakeholder Group on Ageing
- Workers and Trade Unions
For more information, please see here.
These civil society reports aim to identify which mechanisms are in place for government engagement with civil society, local governments, and other stakeholders in realising the Sustainable Development Goals at a national and international level.
The new report Progressing National SDG Implementation (ES, FR) analyses all of the 42 English, French and Spanish Voluntary National Reviews submitted in 2017 to the HLPF, as well as a sample of civil society reports produced alongside the official reports.
See Individual civil society country reports and reflections from the 2017 and 2016 High Level Political Forums:
2018 High Level Political Forum
Bhutan | Canada | Colombia (ESP) | Dominican Republic | Ireland | Lao PDR | Lebanon | Mexico | Palestine | Senegal | Spain Exec summary (ENG) Spain_full report_(ESP) | Sri Lanka | Sudan | Switzerland | Togo (FR) | Vietnam
2017 High Level Political Forum
Argentina | Bangladesh | Brazil | Chile | Czech Republic | India | Jordan | Japan | Kenya | Luxembourg | Malaysia | Nepal | The Netherlands | Nigeria | Thailand | Togo (English, French) | Zimbabwe
2016 High Level Political Forum
Brazil | Colombia | Egypt | France + More info | Finland | Germany + More info | Liberia | Morocco | Norway | Philippines | Samoa | South Korea | South Africa | Sweden | Switzerland*| Tanzania | Timor-Leste | Togo | Tunisia | Uganda | Venezuela + More info
See Synthesis Report of Voluntary National Reviews for the High-Level Political Forum
This report synthesises some of the findings of the VNRs, drawing primarily from the written reports and executive summaries of the majority of countries.
User Guides for the High Level Political Forum
The HLPF has been called the preeminent forum within the United Nations to work on sustainable development issues for the next fifteen years or so. It is also referred to as the home of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030Agenda. This Forum is the ‘apex body’ at the UN to ensure monitoring, follow-up and review of the SDG commitments. It provides a forum to review progress across nation states and to connect policies within the UN system. This user guide will answer these and other questions about the engagement in this critical institution and its governance of the Sustainable Development Goals
The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) provides the pre-eminent space for dialogue with the UN system on sustainable development. 2016 was the first year of implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and in this context 22 countries have volunteered to undertake national reviews to be presented at the HLPF. As this is the first review of its kind, the process set a benchmark for future reviews. There are major questions remaining on implementation, monitoring and accountability of this agenda; this paper aims to provide some initial reflections on the engagement with civil society in the countries under review and to set out some recommendations on how this engagement can be further strengthened.
Girls and the Sustainable Development Goals in Selected Countries in the Asia-Pacific Region -Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women
- Description: This Review aims to provide an analysis on girls and issues related to their well-breing using selected SDGs, related indicators, and secondary data from 12 countries with a regional overview wherever possible
Means of implementation or means of appropriation? – Spotlight on Sustainable Development
- Description: Global spotlight report challenges the notion that “trillions of private finance” are needed to advance SDG implementation and highlights the centrality of public policies and investments, pointing out how developed countries’ refusal to any meaningful democratization of global economic governance and the pervasive private sector bias.
Agenda 2030 for LGBTI Health and Well-Being – Global Forum on MSM & HIV, OutRight Action International, The Global Advocacy Platform to Fast Track the HIV and Human Rights Responses with Gay and Bisexual Men
- Description: Written in collaboration with the Global Platform to Fast Track the Human Rights and HIV Responses with Gay and Bisexual Men, the report illustrates how Sustainable Development Goal 3, Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All at All Ages, is relevant to the specific health needs of LGBTI people.
A World That Cares: How to Support Children Without Parental Care Through the Sustainable Development Goals – SOS Children’s Villages International
- Description: The intention of this report is to set forth recommendations to discuss policies, programmes and services that governments should put in place to ensure that progress towards the SDGs will improve the lives of children without parental care and vulnerable families in vital areas, such as health, education, employment, protection and caregiver support.
Development and Access to Information, Executive Summary 2017 – IFLA in partnership with the Technology and Social Change Group
- Description: The report underlines the importance of meaningful access to information as a key supporting factor across the development agenda and offers a set of baseline indicators of the different pillars of access, thematic chapters by recognised experts on four of the focus SDGs at this year’s HLPF (agriculture, health, gender and innovation), and a focus on the contribution that libraries in particular can make.
Shadow Report: Nepal Brief Shadow Report from Community Forest Users – The Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal
- Description: This shadow report explores the perspective gaps between the community-based natural resource management and rural women groups and offers suggestions to improve VNR and process in Nepal
STATEMENTS FROM 2018 HLPF:
- The visas for the State of Palestine’s HLPF delegation were denied. This is despite the fact that the State of Palestine was among 47 countries that submitted their Voluntary National Review on goal progress. Joint statement from 70+ organisations.
- 137 organisations express concern about the lack of progress in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, since they were adopted three years ago.
- Read all the statements from key NGO Major Group members during the thematic sessions of the HLPF 2018.
STATEMENTS FROM 2017 HLPF:
Civil Society Response to the High Level Political Forum Ministerial Declaration (EN | ES | FR) Action for Sustainable Development
- Upon the culmination of the HLPF, Action4SD issued a response to the ministerial declaration with recommendations on how to advance goal implementation and civil society engagement.
Record Numbers gather at the the United Nations for High Level Meeting on the Sustainable Development Goals – Major Groups and other Stakeholders
- Global Civil Society Calls for Greater Inclusion and Participation to Accelerate Implementation of Key Commitments for the Survival of the Planet.
- Description: As the UN Sustainable Development Forum continues, NGOs call for a new development paradigm based on collaboration and participation.
UN member states must support civil society to implement an ambitious global agenda for sustainable development (EN | ES | FR) – International Forum of National NGO Platforms
- Leading civil society network has called on the governments of all UN member states to fully support and resource civil society to implement the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
Key Messages from Expert Group Meeting on Securing Women’s Land Rights in SDGs – Landesa, Women’s Major Group & WEDO
- Description: Key messages on measuring improvements in women’s land rights in relation to land indicators in the SDG’s.
- Description: Many nations came together to make this statement and reaffirm their commitment to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and all the Sustainable Development Goals and targets.
Making eradication of poverty an integral objective of all policies: what will it take? – Dianova International
- Description: Addressing the challenges related to the development of our societies, this comprehensive agenda presents an innovative perspective to work on each of the issues it brings, highlighting the value and necessity to address the different needs of humanity, environment, and institutions in an integrated and interdependent manner.
- Description: Civil Society goes further than what could be included in the EGM outcome reports and outlines their concerns concerning SDG 2.
POSITION PAPERS FOR 2017 HLPF
The Major Groups and other Stakeholders have produced position papers for the High Level Political Forum with recommendations on how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships. Papers were submitted to the HLPF from the following groups:
- Business & Industry Major Group Position Paper
- Children & Youth Position Paper
- Education & Academia Position Paper
- Farmers´ Position Paper
- NGO Major Group position paper | Supplementary position paper from the NGO Major Group´s cluster on human rights
- Scientific & Technological Community position paper
- Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities´ Position Paper
- Volunteer Groups’ Position Paper
- Women Major Group position paper
From the ground up, the Major Groups and other Stakeholders constitute a global network of member-based civil society organisations, constituencies, and concerned citizens. Their experiences and expertise are essential for making international development fair and effective for everyone.
The organizing partners (coordinators) of each Major Group and other Stakeholders constituency are listed below. For media enquiries, please contact the organizing partner and/or the additional directory of press contacts for notable experts who can comment and provide insights on a wide range of issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals and international development.
|Women||WMG Secretariat||Lean Deleon|
|International Women’s Health Coalition||Rachel Jacobson|
|Equidad de Género, Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia||Emilia Reyes|
|Children and Youth||UN MGCY DRR Working Group||Moa Herrgard|
|Global Poverty Initiative@ MIT||Donovan Guttieres|
|Japan Youth Platform for Sustainability||Hirotaka Koike|
|Indigenous Peoples||Tebtebba – Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education||Joan Carling|
|International Indian Treaty Council (IITC)||Roberto Borrero|
|Non-governmental Organizations||Baha’i International Community||Daniel Perell|
|Regions Refocus||Kathryn Tobin|
|Federation of International Association for Public Participation||Leanne Hartill|
|Local Authorities||ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability||Yunus Arikan|
|United Cities and Local Governments||Natalene Poisson|
|nrg4SD – Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development||Rodrigo Messias|
|Workers and Trade Unions||International Trade Union Confederation||Paola Simonetti|
|Education International||Antonia Wulff|
|Business and Industry||International Chamber of Commerce||Louise Kantrow|
|International Road Transport Union (IRU)||Igor Runov|
|International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)||John Drexhage|
|Scientific and Technological Community||International Council for Science||Lucilla Spini|
|World Federation of Engineering Organisations||Reginald Vachon|
|International Social Science Council||Heide Hackmann|
|Farmers||World Farmers Organisation||Luisa Volpe|
|Canadian Federation of Agriculture||Drew Black|
|IFOAM – Organics International||Gabor Figeczky|
|Persons with Disabilities||International Disability Alliance||Vladimir Cuk|
|Light for the World||Yetnebersh Nigussie|
|International Disability Alliance||Orsolya Bartha|
|Volunteers||Volunteer Groups Alliance||Wes Moe|
|Volunteer Groups Alliance||Coline Peyre|
|Ageing||AARP International Affairs||Erica Dhar|
|HelpAge International||Verity McGivern|
|Education and Academia||GCE||Camilla Croso|
|9 July / 13:15 – 2:30||UN Conference Room 3||Education for Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability||The event will gather civil society activists, teachers, academics and government authorities and officials to discuss the trends, gaps and main features of education in the context of the Sustainable Development Agenda.||Education and Academia Stakeholder Group|
|9 July / 13:15 – 2:30||UN Conference Room 4||Stakeholder Engagement in the HLPF and its Review in 2019||Event to explore stakeholder engagement in the HLPF, including the review of stakeholder participation practices in the ECOSOC, UN Development System and other intergovernmental frameworks.||UN Major Groups and other Stakeholders|
|9 July / 13:15-14:45||UN DESA Secretariat building S-2727||Gender in SDG7: Closing the knowledge gap||Access to modern energy services is crucial to transforming the lives of women and men in developing countries. Furthermore, women as change agents play a significant role in bringing about the global energy transition.||ENERGIA, International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy|
|9 July / 18:15-19:30||UN Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, 2nd Floor||How to Define Poverty With Those Left Furthest Behind||Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere is the overarching goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. At its heart is the conviction that poverty is about more than a simple measure of financial well-being. Unfair housing, discrimination, a lack of voice in political processes – poverty is multidimensional. This event will look at the status of poverty’s many dimensions and the data sets that give insights to the true status of poverty eradication.||International Movement ATD Fourth World, University of Oxford, French national research Institute for Sustainable Development, with support of UN DESA DSD, Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the UN, the Permanent Mission of France, The Independent Group of Scientists|
|9 July / 18:30-20:00||Trusteeship Chamber, UN Conference Building||Women In Energy: Fueling development through women’s empowerment and gender inclusive energy practices||Event on the pivotal and dynamic role of women in the energy sector and in achieving SDG7. The event will highlight the importance of enhancing women’s leadership and diversifying the involvement of women across the energy value chain, and what elements of an enabling environment can advance these goals.||The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, United Nations Foundation, ENERGIA, Sustainable Energy for All, UN Women, World Bank, the Governments of Kenya and Norway, and Bright Green Renewable Energy Ltd|
|10 July / 9:00-12:00||UN Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza||Workshop on ‘Monitoring Sustainable Development, Claiming rights: Strategies & tools for civil society||The role of civil society in achieving and monitoring the sustainable development and human rights agendas. Ideas for sharing expertise, encouraging effective civil society and multistakeholder partnerships and increasing the availability of high quality data.||CIVICUS, CESR and UN OHCHR|
|10 July / 13:00-15:30||Japan Society, 333 E 47th St, between 1st & 2nd Avenues, Auditorium||Reducing inequalities through urgent action on WASH: SDG6 as an enabler for achieving the 2030 Agenda for all||This event will bring together Member States with leaders in action on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to frame how action on WASH is both achievable and essential in ensuring the dignity and wellbeing of all and realizing the 2030 Agenda.||WaterAid, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, Center for Economic and Social Rights, Movement for Community-Led Development, and the Permanent Missions of Bolivia, Canada, Mozambique and Nepal to the United Nations|
|11 July / 8:30-10:00||The Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, New York, NYC||Partnerships that Deliver for Girls & Women||Girls and women play a critical role in advancing every Sustainable Development Goal – including those under review at this year’s High Level Political Forum. This interactive event will bring together organizations working across sectors to encourage collaboration and partnerships. Together we can break down traditional development silos to advance gender equality and power progress for all.||Women Deliver and the Deliver for Good campaign|
|11 July / 15:00-17:00||Japanese American Association, 11th Floor, 49 W 45th Street NYC||Human Centered Approach to Tuberculosis for Healthier Cities and Human Settlement||This event focuses on Tuberculosis and SDGs Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Human Settlement). “End TB by 2030” is one of the goals of SDGs, but it is necessary to address TB in urban settings, especially on densely populated poor districts, TB in migrant population, and other key affected populations by community mobilization and social intervention.||Africa Japan Forum, Stop TB Partnership, Treatment Action Group|
|11 July / 16:00- 17:30||25 W 31st St – 2nd floor||The Global-Local Mosaic: Tools for Localizing SDG Implementation and Monitoring,||Event to focus on the work of local and regional civil society organizations and governments in developing tools and policies to localize the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. This event will also formally launch the Glocal Invisible Mosaic Initiative.,||BC Council for International Cooperation, Korea Institute Center for Sustainable Development, Beyond Beijing Committee; Human Rights Focus Pakistan, Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism,|
|11 July / 18:00-20:00||Center for Social Innovation, 601 West 26th Street Classroom A, NYC||Sustainable Fashion and SDGs – Different Contexts, Same Mission||This event presents and debates how a SDG inspired transformation in the fashion and textile industry can contribute to a shift towards a more sustainable and resilient society.||Hecho por Nosotros, The Kota Alliance|
|12 July / 10:00-13:00||American Scandinavian Foundation||Inclusion and Resilience of Communities Discriminated by Work & Descent including Caste and Gender in DRR through SDGs||Side event to look at discrimination based on descent and caste, and look at actions to build resilient communities||Asia Dalit Rights Forum, Amnesty International, Civicus, GCAP, ADA, APWLD and Rural Development Centre|
|12 July / 13:15-14:20||Conference Room A||Shaping smarter and more sustainable cities: Striving for Sustainable Development Goals||The event will provide a platform to debate the impact of frontier technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and Internet of Things (IoT) on cities, to present current national and international initiatives such as the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) and to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced in shaping smart and sustainable cities at the local level.||Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, Greece, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)|
|12 July / 18:00-20:00||UN Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza||Launch of ‘Faces of Inequality’ campaign’||Grassroots representatives and civil society partners from different parts of the world will share their stories and struggles to end inequalities. Event will also provide a moment to launch the new Faces of Inequality campaign||GCAP|
|12 July / 18:00-20:00||1B Neck overlooking the Vienna Cafe||The Importance of the Care, Protection and Conservation of Animals for Successful Sustainable Development Worldwide||Talk and film by Leilani Munter, one of the world’s greatest female race car drivers, and by Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming. Drinks and hors d’ouveres will be served.||The Animal Issues Thematic Cluster|
|12 July 2018 / 18:30–20:00||UN Conference Room 4||An NGO Toolbox to Enhance Implementation of the 2030 Agenda: Towards Sustainable and Resilient Communities||Over 141 NGOs covering a diverse range of geographical and thematic expertise and experience contributed to the NGO Major Group’s official position paper for 2018, highlighting the importance of addressing interlinkages to facilitate SDG implementation. This side event aims to provide analytical, social and political frameworks from a civil society perspective to enhance transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies at the national and subnational levels.||NGO Major Group|
|13 July / 7:15–8:45||Consulate General of Germany 871 United Nations Plaza, NYC||Partnership or Business Case? Private Sector and the SDGs||The high involvement of the private sector in sustainable development has received mixed responses from civil society. Some CSOs welcome more business involvement as a necessary coming to term with their respective responsibility and a shift in the understanding of the role of the private sector vis-a-vis society. As a result, various cooperation and partnerships between CSOs, governments and private sector have emerged. Other CSOs, view the growing involvement of the private sector in sustainable development rather critical.||German NGO Forum on Environment and Development, Bread for the World, Protestant Development Service, Global Policy Forum, RECPHEC, Social Watch, Public Services International, WCC-EWN, MISEREOR|
|13 July / 12:30-14:30||AARP office, 750 Third Avenue, 31st Floor||Leave No Woman Behind and SDG 6||Removing the barriers for all women – including girls and older women and women with disabilities – to water, sanitation and hygiene with a focus on their safety and security.||GCAP, A4SD, IFP, Gray Panthers, Water Aid|
|13 July / 15:00-17:00||UNDP Office, 1 UN Plaza||CSOs Participation in the VNR Process and Follow-up Mechanisms||Event will focus on 1) challenges and opportunities related to CSO-government engagement based on previous CSO lessons learned during VNR reporting and other SDG follow-up mechanisms 2) present and discuss VNR guidelines prepared by the UN and CSOs that will support the effective review, monitoring and meaningful engagement of CSOs in their national processes.||ADA, IFP, Transparency International, TAP Network, UNDP|
|13 July / 16:00-18:00||Permanent Mission of Republic of Korea to the UN||Role of Overseas Development Aid for Peace and SDGs||A panel to discuss the role of overseas development aid for peace and the SDGs, with a specific look at strategies from South Korea.||KCOC and KOICA Korea|
|13 June / 18:30-20.00||UN Conference Room 12||Speaking about data – the power of partnerships to measure SDG progress||Event about how to monitor the SDG progress through partnerships between the national statistical bureaus and the private sector, the civil society and other stakeholders.||Denmark, Columbia and UNSD|
|13 July / 18:30-20:00||Conference Room 7||Decentralized renewable energy for universal energy access||The deployment of decentralized renewable energy will be key in order to reach universal energy access by 2030 (SDG7). Decentralized renewable energy is the most cost effective solution for over 70% of those who gain access in rural areas and offers new and better ways to provide energy solutions that are in line with people’s needs and opportunities. Event will look at the policy, finance and regulation needed for more distributed renewable energy systems.||Civil society partner organizations Hivos, Energia and SNV. As well as Governments of Nepal, Kenya, The Netherlands and Germany|
|14 July / All day||UN Church Center||Weekend Workshop: Resilient Societies, Resilient People||Action for Sustainable Development’s annual meeting, which provides a space for civil society colleagues to come together and explore key issues ranging from VNR process, to financing the SDG agenda and how to improve the mandate and procedures of the HLPF.||Action for Sustainable Development, CIVICUS, IFP, GCAP, CAN International|
|15 July / All day||UN Church Center||Weekend Workshop: Resilient Societies, Resilient People||Action for Sustainable Development’s annual meeting, which provides a space for civil society colleagues to come together and explore key issues ranging from VNR process, to financing the SDG agenda and how to improve the mandate and procedures of the HLPF.||Action for Sustainable Development, CIVICUS, IFP, GCAP, CAN International|
|16 July / 08:30-10:00||UN Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza||Inclusive VNR Process with the Governments of Switzerland and Lebanon||This will draw on learning from 2017 and 2018 to understand how different Member States are effectively engaging with civil society partners as part of a multi-stakeholder approach to design and deliver on the Goals||IFP, CCIC and others|
|16 July / 11:00-13:00||UN Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza||Implementing the SDGs in Latin America – the challenges facing civil society||Event to focus on the work that has been carried out to date by civil society groups in Chile, Brazil and Argentina, who are promoting a rights-based approach to addressing issues of poverty and deep inequality.||IFP, Mesa de Articulacion and others|
|16 July / 18:30||Kirkland & Ellis LLP – 601 Lexington Avenue||Civil Society Participation in the Voluntary National Reviews Process: What’s happening in the Lower Mekong Region and what’s possible?||A focused discussion on SDG progress in the Lower Mekong Region. Monitoring the progress of the SDGs within this region is important as these countries continue in their efforts to reduce poverty and transition towards greater sustainability.||East West Management Institute|
|18 July / 13:15-14:30||UN Conference Room 3||The Thread that Binds; A conversation on Volunteerism and Community Resilience and Launch of the State of the World’s Volunteerism Report||The event will launch the 2018 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report and lead a conversation between Member States, volunteers and development partners on how to empower communities to deliver the SDGs.||Volunteer Groups Alliance, UN Volunteers|