We came together in April 2016 to raise our voices and ensure that the key principles of the 2030 Agenda to deliver a more just and sustainable world in which no one is left behind and which ensures a model of economic development within our planetary boundaries.
The Facilitation Group provides an advisory role to Action for Sustainable Development. It consists of up to 25 members representing different world regions, thematic constituencies and key global civil society networks.
The Facilitation Group ensures programs and strategies stay on track, it advises the Coordination Team and Working Groups on their priorities and engagement strategies, and it identifies linkages and potential conflicts in order to help ensure coherence.
The group is elected on a two year term. Elections were held in December 2018 for the 2018-2020 cycle. There are 2 representatives for each of the following regions: Africa, Asia, Pacific, Europe, Middle East & North Africa, South America, North America; one representative for each of the following thematic constituencies: youth, older persons, women, indigenous people, persons with disabilities and rural environmental groups; and one representative for each of the following global networks: CIVICUS, Climate Action Network (CAN) International, Forus and GCAP.
Oli leads the team and has primary responsibility for global advocacy and engagement with multilateral bodies such as the UN and other international institutions. He has previously worked on civil society engagement in a wide range of contexts including with many key governments, the EU and UN, and he was a co-drafter of the Council of Europe’s ‘Code of Good Practice on Civil Participation’. He is half-Brazilian and started his career working on participatory budgeting in the cities and rainforests of Brazil.
Clara is responsible for maintaining regular contact across the diverse membership, including website and communications, as well as member engagement and wider awareness raising. She is currently responsible for driving forward the Zovu project, which shares stories of frontline community activists. Clara has worked in different civil society organisations in the Netherlands, Ivory Coast and South Africa, and she brings strong experience of multi-lingual content production and project management.
The regional networks who host the Regional Coordinators are:
In order to deliver on the promise of a more just and sustainable world, A4SD is focused on the following 4 activity streams:
Civil society groups from every region of the world are supported to influence policy decisions on sustainable development and carry out advocacy at national, regional and global levels
Collective action to include at least 1 million active citizens takes place on an annual basis to maintain the public spotlight on this shared agenda
Civil society organisations are able to contribute to and provide oversight of government reporting on progress on the SDGs and Paris Climate Agreement, as well as deliver their own independent reporting
Good practice in innovation on ways that civil society and active citizens can deliver the agenda from the national to the global level will be shared via an online interactive map, and support provided to civil society partners through regular workshops and webinars.
This platform would not be possible without the ambition, dedication and good will of the volunteers that donate their expertise and energy to the project, from translators to those who provide programmatic and technical support.