From policy to action

A civil society initiative promoting and tracking progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Together 2030 is a civil society initiative that promotes national implementation and track progress of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We aim to generate knowledge and project voices from different civil society and stakeholders around the world on the challenges and opportunities for the 2030 Agenda. We bring together actors to discuss the way to formulate and implement roadmaps at national level and hold governments to account at all levels.

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About us

About Together 2030

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 and the commitment from all governments towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) create a unique opportunity to transform the world by 2030.

 A group of organisations have joined forces in order to advance this work and push for the implementation and accountability of Agenda 2030 at all levels.

 We believe that a participatory process has to be developed, experienced and monitored at sub-national, local and national level as well as at the regional and global level.

 We aim to create this process by:

  • Raising awareness, strengthen capacities and mobilize resources
  • Convene multi-stakeholder platforms
  • Creating Communities of Practice around technicalities of implementation
  • Creating a knowledge platform
  • Tracking and reporting on positions, priorities and concrete actions
  • Facilitating, supporting and promoting global, regional and national advocacy actions
  • Promoting a supportive global architecture for implementation and accountability of Agenda 2030

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  • The Core Group


    Voting Guidance - For Together 2030 Members - Deadline: February 21

    Revised -Guidance Note: Together 2030 Core Group Elections - 2017

    Eligible Candidates - Together 2030 Core Group Elections 2017

    Eligible Candidates - More information from February 2nd Webinar

    The initiative was started by the following organisations who make up the “Core Group”

    The group of founding organisations is currently comprised by:

    CEPEI (Colombia); Justice, Development and Peace CommissionJDPC Ijebu-Ode (Nigeria); Philippine Social Enterprise Network (Philippines); Save Matabeleland (Zimbabwe); Sightsavers (Global); World Vision (Global).

    Meet the Core Group: 

    Together 2030 Core Group - 2016 - Bios


    Andrew Griffiths (Sightsavers, Global) is Head of Advocacy at Sightsavers. His work involves leading on Sightsavers' international advocacy priorities and supporting the development of effective advocacy in all Sightsavers Country Offices. Andrew leads a team of Global Advocacy Advisers and a UK-focused Parliamentary Adviser. Andrew is also on the Core Group of Together 2030, a civil society initiative promoting and tracking progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and was previously co-chair of the Beyond 2015 campaign from 2014-2016. Andrew's background is primarily in health policy and advocacy and he has worked in and with colleagues in countries around the world, including Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Peru and Afghanistan. He is published on a number of topics including nutrition in fragile states, reform of the World Health Organization and the SDGs. He has also worked with World Vision, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and a UK Member of Parliament. He is based and works in the UK.


    Arelys Bellorini (World Vision, Global) is currently United Nations Representative (Child Rights and Sustainable Development) for World Vision in New York. Most recently, she led World Vision NY-engagement on the post-2015 development agenda. In addition, she manages the organization’s relations and partnerships with key UN agencies, in particular UNICEF as well as the inter-governmental relations and civil society partnerships.

    Arelys Bellorini is a sociologist graduated from Columbia University in New York and holds Graduate degrees from New York University and the Nicaraguan National Autonomous University. She has led national programmes and strategies on the promotion and full realization of children rights in Nicaragua and at sub-regional and regional level in Latin America.

    She has worked in Plan International, the Swedish Agency for Development Cooperation in Nicaragua, the Norwegian Agency for Cooperation Development, the Nicaragua Foreign Affairs Ministry, among others. She has managed national and local NGOs and has been a Professor on advocacy and multilateral organizations in her home country. Arelys Bellorini has also managed humanitarian programs and disaster risk reduction strategies at municipal and community level.

    profile-picture Busani Sibindi (Save Matabeleland, Zimbabwe) is a dynamic development and human rights activist with more than seven years' experience in NGO programming, leadership, and management, with a particular focus on marginalized communities. The founding director of Save Matabeleland Coalition, a member of the Together 2030 Core Group, he also runs the SDG Digest. He is a board member of the International Institute for Global Leadership and has served at the YOCIC (Youth for a Child in Christ) board since 2007. He has coordinated various high-level programs locally and globally. He was the national coordinator of the Beyond 2015 campaign in Zimbabwe, and participated in the post-2015 UN Intergovernmental negotiations, having presented in sessions in New York. Busani is a 2016 Mandela – Washington Fellow (University of California Berkeley) under President Obama's flagship program for Young African Leaders. Busani continues his work in sustainable development with a strategic focus on Goals 1, 10, 13, 16 and 17 through amongst many the National Coordination on the Implementation (NACOS 2030) and the #SDGSFOREVERYONE Project.
  img_1188Gomer Padong (PhilSEN, Philippines) leads the Philippine Social Enterprise Network’s (PhilSEN) development cooperation and advocacy unit. He represents the Network in the United Nations Civil Society Advisory Committee, a 15-seat civil society platform to engage the Philippine UN country team on policy and strategy. He is also the focal person of the Social and Community Enterprises constituency of the Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism, also a civil society platform for engagement across the UN system.

He served in the Beyond 2015 Executive Committee and was head of secretariat of Beyond 2015-Philippines.His competencies include training and facilitation, policy support and lobby, campaign management and advocacy, communications and partnership-building.

John Patrick Ngoyi, JDPC Ijebu-Ode (Nigeria)

John Patrick Ngoyi (JDPC Ijebu-Ode (Nigeria) is the Director of the Justice, Development and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria. JDPC is a grassroots based organization that sought adequate representation of  people’s voices in the outcome of the post 2015 processes through participation in the Beyond 2015 Campaign and its Executive Committee for 4 years. He is now committed to securing the implementation of the SDGs at the global, regional and national levels through the JDPC of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Africa and the African CSOs engaging the African Union on the post 2015 and the 2063 Agendas


Philipp Schönrock (Cepei, Colombia) is the Director of CEPEI, an independent, non-profit, data driven think tank, working through field based analysis and high-level advocacy to scale up the participation of Latin America and the Caribbean within the global development agendas.

For 2 years he was co-chairman of the Beyond 2015 campaign, a civil society global initiative for the negotiation of the 2030 Agenda. Currently, he is a member of the GPSDD and Together 2030 Boards. Recently, he was appointed to the academic committee of the UN World Data Forum. He represents CEPEI as a member of the Colombian Confederation of NGOs Board.

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  • The International Secretariat


    Naiara Costa is an International Relations Analyst who currently leads the International Secretariat of the Together 2030 Initiative. She was the Advocacy Director of Beyond 2015, a global civil society campaign. Prior to that, she worked as an Advisor on Gender, Social and Economic Rights at the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom in New York as well as a development advisor at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Brazil. Naiara has served the UN for more than a decade, working as a National Programme Officer at UNAIDS. She has also served the government of Brazil as an advisor at the Presidency of the Republic (National Anti-Drugs Secretariat) and the Ministry of Finance. Naiara worked as UN Public Affairs and Policy Advisor for the World Animal Protection. She holds a master on International Relations at the University of Brasilia (Brazil) and a MBA on Projects from Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil)

    Contact the Secretariat:

    Naiara Costa

    General enquires:

  • Members of the Initiative

    As of December 2016, 455 organizations have joined Together 2030 from 89 countries. 72% of those are based in developing countries and 28% in developed countries or are global organizations. Together 2030 Public List of Members - As of December 7 2016
  • Together 2030 Principles Document - This document highlights the principles that should be upheld by governments and stakeholders during the implementation and follow up of 2030 Agenda and the principles to be upheld within Together 2030 in the promotion of its joint work.

How to join

The Together 2030 initiative is open to civil society, non-governmental, non-profit stakeholders around the world. It is entirely voluntary, informal and based on need; it is action oriented and members will be asked about their contributions to joint work. We will aim to build fluid governance structures that meet the needs of this developing initiative; these will be open and transparent, based on the needs identified by members and the requirements of our objectives.

 Members are asked to support the key goals of Together 2030:

  • To strengthen partnerships between civil society and stakeholders to support the effective implementation of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.
  • To make the voices of people heard and have people holding governments accountable for the progress towards achieving Agenda 2030 and the SDGs at all levels.

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Check below for information about the Together 2030 activities, including webinars, Task Forces and Working Groups of Together 2030.   NEW REPORT!  High Level Statements and the 2030 Agenda: From Aspiration to Implementation? Review of Statements delivered during the General Debate of the 71st United Nations General Assembly (September 20 - 26 2016)  Annex to Together 2030 report - UNGA 71 Statements     capture-2016-t30-report


 Together 2030 Activities Report (Dec 2015 - Oct 2016): Building the foundations for connected efforts

Letter from Together 2030 to H. E. Antonio Guterres, new UN Secretary-General Elected  

2016 High Level Political Forum Report


Experiences from national voices: civil society engagement on national reviews of the 2030 Agenda


Together 2030 - Essential Elements for an ambitious, inclusive and participatory follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda

Snipping Tool - Essential Elements Paper

Report: Together 2030 Perception Survey - National Reviews: Is civil society already being left behind?

snipping tool perceptions surveyReport of Together 2030 Perceptions Survey now available! In 2016, the first round of volunteer countries will present their national reviews on the implementation of Agenda 2030 during the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July, in New York. Together 2030 undertook a “perceptions survey” with civil society organisations, in volunteer countries and beyond, to get a sense about how information is being shared with those actors; if they were aware of the engagement of their governments at the national review process and if spaces have been created for their engagement and participation. The perceptions survey was based on a limited number of questions; issued in English, Spanish and French and was shared broadly with civil society mailing lists from March 21 to April 11 2016. A total of 265 responses were received: 186 to the English questionnaire; 45 in Spanish and 34 in French. The report of the survey is now available here. Some key findings include:
  • Language matters: language is a factor when considering access to information and opportunities of participation. In almost all questions, those replying to the English questionnaire showed more awareness about several aspects of the national process than those replying to the Spanish or French questionnaires.
  • Awareness about the 2030 Agenda and related processes does not translate in awareness about national plans: On average, respondents showed a good level of awareness about the 2030 Agenda and in certain questionnaires about implementation plans in their countries. The survey also shows the lack of knowledge about implementation plans – for instance 44% of those replying to the Spanish and French surveys in volunteer countries are unaware of the implementation plans in their countries. 91% of those replying in Spanish, 86% in French and 60% in English in volunteer countries were unaware about the process to be used by their countries to prepare the national reviews.
  • Willingness to engage: Civil society and other stakeholders are willing and ready to engage and also have proposals on which ways they want to contribute.
  • Desire to coordinate: Respondents tended to favor participation in national reviews that were held either via online or face-to-face consultations and also flagged their desire to engage on “coordinated approaches by groups or coalitions”.
  • From information to influence: Responses showed that the knowledge about how to engage or how to influence the implementation and follow up at the national level is still a matter of concern for civil society and stakeholders. This was mainly captured by comments added at end of the questionnaire where respondents expressed their understanding and knowledge of the Agenda but also highlighted the lack of knowledge about how to engage or influence their governments for national implementation.
Together 2030 is grateful to all those that participated on the survey and expects the outcomes to be considered by governments from volunteer countries to strengthen the participation and engagement of civil society and stakeholders in national review process, as part of the commitments expressed at the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

High Level Political Forum (HLPF)


  1. Introductory Webinars

The “introductory webinars” are an opportunity to share and discuss the ideas, structures and plans related to Together 2030 with its members as well as to discuss action proposals and agree on next steps for the initiative. The webinars focus on sharing information and activities proposals as well as to hear from members on their views and recommendations for Together 2030

2.  Implementation Series

The “Implementation Series” webinars provide members of Together 2030 with an opportunity to discuss technical and political aspects related to the implementation and accountability of Agenda 2030 at global, regional and national levels. The Webinars aim at bringing voices from different levels and sectors to share their experiences/concerns/recommendations around the implementation of Agenda 2030. The webinars will focus on concrete issues related to implementation of Agenda 2030 and action recommendations.


[NEW]: Special Webinar: One Year After: where are we with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?



November 8 2016 - Who is afraid of data? – Challenges and opportunities in the SDG era

  • Webinar organized in partnership with Cepei (Colombia), Data Republica and TAP Network
May 17 -  The role of Parliamentarians in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Webinar organized in partnership with the African CSO Working Group, the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC). 67 participants from all over the world connected to this webinar.
  • Speakers included: Honorable Nancy Lungahi Abisai, Kenyan Parliament; Lord Jack McConnell, Member UK House of Lords (UK Parliament) and Mr. Alessandro Motter, Senior Advisor, Economic and Social Affairs, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), NY;
  • Recording of the 4th Implementation Series Webinar.
  • Closed captioning of 4th Implementation Series Webinar

April 5 - 3rd Implementation Series webinar - Next Steps on follow up and review mechanisms for the 2030 Agenda (in partnership with the TAP Network)

February 2016 Implementation Webinar: Measuring up to the ambition: setting up the SDG Indicators (in partnership with the CSO Indicators Task Force)

January 2016 Implementation Webinar - From Policy to Action: Are countries ready to start implementing Agenda 2030 by January 2016?

Working Groups/Task Forces:

Working groups and Task Forces as open to all members of the Together 2030 initiative. See below how to join each of the operating structures:
Working Group Register
National Implementation Working Group This Working Group is responsible for leading Together 2030 activities related to the national implementation and accountability of the 2030 Agenda. Check the ToR here.
Civil Society Engagement and Participation Working Group This Working Group is responsible for leading Together 2030 activities promoting meaningful civil society engagement and participation, with a special focus on the most vulnerable and marginalized, in the implementation and accountability of the 2030 Agenda. Check the ToR here.
Mobilization and Engagement of Parliamentarians Working Group This Working Group is responsible for coordinating and leading Together 2030 mobilization and engagement with Parliamentarians for the implementation and accountability of the 2030 Agenda. Check the ToR here.  
Global Advocacy Working Group   This Working Group is responsible for coordinating and leading Together 2030 engagement on global advocacy, processes and spaces related to the implementation and accountability of Agenda 2030.   Check the ToR here.

Closed Working Groups and Task Forces:

1. Together 2030 Regional and National Structures Task Force  [CLOSED]

This Task Force was responsible for promoting discussions and presenting recommendations on how Together 2030 should establish its regional and national structures. The Task Force has finalized a set of "Recommendations for National and Regional Structures - Together 2030 - March 2016" . Those recommendations will now be considered by the Core Group for action.

2. Together 2030 PRINCIPLES POSITION Task Force [CLOSED]

This Task Force was responsible for drafting the first document of principles for Together 2030. This document  encompass the main values for the joint work as well as for Together 2030 in its efforts towards the implementation and accountability of Agenda 2030. This was a short-term Task Force. It was disbanded after the principles document was finalized.  


Here you can find links to some interesting material about Agenda 2030 and the work of Together 2030 and its members.

Members of the Initiative can contribute materials to this section. Please, contact the Secretariat: Naiara Costa or

Together 2030 Blog

Our blog has been very active in the past month. Members of Together 2030 and partners can share their experiences, views, concerns and recommendations regarding Agenda 2030 implementation and accountability at all levels. The posts published so far (by August 11) include:  
If you are a member of Together 2030 and  want to share your ideas on the implementation of Agenda 2030, Send your blog post (in English, Spanish or French) to Naiara Costa ( Feel free to add images, links, and pictures.