CIVICUS at the 2019 High Level Political Forum 

CIVICUS at the 2019 High Level Political Forum 

Without civil society, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals would not be possible. Civil society not only actively contributes to achieving each of the goals, they are also actively monitoring and reviewing governments commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. That’s why every July thousands of civil society representatives from around the world attend the High Level Political Forum in New York. 

When: Tuesday 9 July to Thursday 18 July 2019 
Where: New York 
What: The theme of the 2019 High Level Political Forum is "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality" 
Six of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals will be under review in 2019. 
They are:  
  • Goal 4: Inclusive and equitable education 
  • Goal 8: Decent work for all 
  • Goal 10: Reduce inequality 
  • Goal 13: Urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
  • Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Goal 17: Global Partnerships

47 countries will present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) in 2019. CIVICUS members and other civil society will also contribute to review the Sustainable Development Goals by sharing their own findings, and by monitoring and reviewing governments commitments. CIVICUS also continues to actively advocate for increased formal recognition of the vital role of civil society in achieving Sustainable Development Goals, including through compelling civil society reports. 

Read the joint civil society statement endorsed by over 250 organisations from 27 countries calling for governments to make civil society equitable partners in the implementation of the sustainable development goals.


CIVICUS is co-organising the following events during HLPF 2019: 

When: Thursday 11 July, 10 AM to 1 PM EST 
Where: UNHQ Conference room 5 
Co-sponsors: Amnesty International, Action for Sustainable Development, CBM International, CIVICUS, Gallaudet University, International Civil Society Centre, Institute for Development Studies, International Movement ATD Fourth World, Oxford University, Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities 
What: A practical workshop featuring national examples of creating a more inclusive approach to reviewing the Sustainable Development Goals.
A UN pass is required to attend this event. 
When: Friday 12 July, 1:00 to 3:00 PM EST 
Where: Ford Foundation 
Co-sponsors: CIVICUS, Article 19, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD), Oxfam, Action Aid, Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), Government of Finland, UN OHCHR. 
What:Who are the people who are making our world more sustainable, just and inclusive and how can we ensure that they are protected and empowered by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? 
This event will be livestreamed on the CIVICUS Facebook page
Please RSVP here by 11 July: No UN pass necessary.
When: Monday 15 July, 1:15 to 2:30 PM EST 
Where: Conference Room B, UNHQ 
Co-sponsors: World Resources Institute, UN ECLAC, Government of Costa Rica, The Access Initiative, Namati, DAR, CIVICUS 
What? Escazu Agreement Side Event 
This event will be livestreamed on the CIVICUS Facebook page
A UN pass is required to attend this event. For more information please contact: Natalia Gomez Pena


CIVICUS also supports civil society participation in the Sustainable Development Goals through our membership of the global network, Action for Sustainable Development. Overview of these additional events:

When: Thursday11 July, 1:15 to 2:45 PM EST 
Where: UN Conference Room 1 --- requires UN ground pass
Co-sponsors: Action for Sustainable Development, TAP Network, Forus 
A UN pass is required to attend this event. 
When: Saturday 13 July, 9:00 to 3:00 PM EST 
Where: UN Church Center
Co-sponsors: Action for Sustainable Development
When: Wednesday 17 July, 2:00 to 4:00 PM EST 
Where: Ford Foundation
Co-sponsors: Action for Sustainable Development, Forus, TAP Network, the Asia CSO Partnership for Sustainable Development and others


You can follow the developments at the HLPF by following #SDGs #HLPF #HLPF2019 and @Action4SD on Twitter. 


CIVICUS members and civil society contribute to all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals but we carefully follow Goals 16 and 17 in particular because these specifically relate to civil society’s important role in sustainable development. 

The below infographic provides a helpful snapshot of how the 47 countries under review at this year’s High Level Political Forum are doing on SDG 16.10 according to data from the CIVICUS Monitor. 

CIVICUS is also closely monitoring: 

SDG Target 16.7. Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels 

SDG Target 16.10 Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms 

SDG Target 17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships 

CIVICUS is also a signatory to the May 2019 Rome Civil Society Declaration on SDG16+


Why civic action and participation is vital for achieving the sustainable development goals, by Lysa John. 

Report: The linkages between the exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UN Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association.  

How Civil Society’s Contributions to Sustainable Development are Undermined at the HLPF, by Lyndal Rowlands 



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