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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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
The Core Group
The initiative was started by the following organisations who make up the “Core Group”. They will be developing a participatory governance structure by the end of 2016.
The group of founding organisations is currently comprised by:
CEPEI (Colombia); Justice, Development and Peace Commission – JDPC Ijebu-Ode (Nigeria); Philippine Social Enterprise Network (Philippines); Save Matabeleland (Zimbabwe); Sightsavers (Global); World Vision (Global).
Contact the Core Group:
- Together 2030 Core Group ToR - April 2016
- The international landscape, civil society engagement and the role of Together 2030
- Together 2030 Protocol for Policy Development - April 2016
- Summary of the Core Group Face-to-Face Meeting, Bogota, Colombia (25-27 January)
- Minutes Core Group Meeting February 10 2016
- Minutes Core Group Meeting - February 24 2016
- Minutes Core Group Meeting - March 9 2016
- Minutes Core Group Meeting March 23 2016
- Minutes Core Group Meeting, April 6 2016
- Minutes Core Group Meeting - May 4 2016
Members of the InitiativeAs of May 2nd 2016, 367 organizations have joined Together 2030 from 85 countries. 71% of those are based in developing countries and 29% in developed countries.
How to join
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.
Together 2030 - Essential Elements for an ambitious, inclusive and participatory follow up and review of the 2030 AgendaCheck the position paper drafted by the Together 2030 Global Advocacy Working Group focusing on essential elements for an ambitions, inclusive and participatory follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda. A “robust, voluntary, effective, participatory, transparent and integrated follow-up and review framework” (para 72, 2030 Agenda) will make a vital contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Four elements must be addressed at national, regional and global levels: 1) Participation and Inclusion; 2) Policy Coherence, Integration and Interlinkages; 3) Clear processes and mechanisms of reporting and review 4) Support for Implementation of these processes.
- May 12 - Intervention Together 2030 and World Vision - First Reading of the Draft Resolution
- April 28 - Intervention Together 2030 - Consultation on elements paper Follow up and review - Longer version
- Intervention from Together 2030 - Stakeholder Consultation on Follow up and review negotiations - April 1 2016 United Nations
[New!] Report: Together 2030 Perception Survey - National Reviews: Is civil society already being left behind?Report 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.
High Level Political Forum (HLPF)
- Check Together 2030 written input "From Ambition to Implementation: Ensuring that no one is left behind" submitted for the 2016 Session of the HLPF. This paper has been drafted by the Together 2030 Global Advocacy Working Group.
May 2016 Introductory Webinar (in French):
March 2016 Introductory Webinar (in Spanish):
February 2016 Introductory Webinar:
January 2016 Introductory Webinar:
2. Implementation SeriesThe “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! May 17 - 4th Implementation Series Webinar - The role of Parliamentarians in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentWebinar 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)
- Recording of April 5 Implementation Webinar
- Roadmap by the co-facilitators, Denmark and Belize, for the informal consultations on the Follow-up and Review of the 2030 Agenda at the global level
- PPT from Dr. Graham Long, Newcastle University - Follow up and review
- PPT Naiara Costa, Together 2030 - National Follow up and Review
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:
- To gather and share information with the Initiative about global processes related to the implementation and accountability of Agenda 2030,
- For keeping the Initiative informed about main opportunities for advancing Together 2030 priorities at the global level,
- To promote and deliver concrete actions on behalf of Together 2030 at the global level.
- Together 2030 - Click here to contribute a blog post! Contact the Secretariat: Naiara Costa or Contact@together2030.org
- Beyond 2015 Toolkit - From Policy to Action
- Beyond 2015 Messages for the Post-2015 Summit
- Beyond 2015 analysis of statements during the post-2015 Summit
- CAFOD Booklet – Action Towards 2030
- From CEPEI: A review of the positions from Latin America and the Caribbean during the UN Summit on Sustainable Development (September 2015)- (En Español/Spanish: Día 1; Día 2; Día 3
- Article about Together 2030 (in Portuguese) published at the Magazine of the Portuguese Development NGOs Platform (check page 18).
- UN DESA website with resources on national capacity building for stakeholders.
- UN ESCAP Regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific (March 2016).
- UN ESCAP: The form and function of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (March 2016).
- Beyond 2015 Legacy website
- Beyond 2015 External Evaluation - available in English, Spanish and French.
- An academic response to the Final Evaluation of the Beyond 2015 Campaign (March 2016)
- Intervention from Together 2030 - Stakeholder Consultation on Follow up and review negotiations - April 1 2016 United Nations
- Goal 16 Advocacy Toolkit - from TAP Network
- TWIN TRACKS: Developing sustainably and equitably in a carbon-constrained world: How the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can complement and support each other towards a sustainable future - Published by WWF and CARE.
- WaterAid Global Goals Toolkit - Provides an update on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the role of WASH as an essential component of an integrated approach to tackling poverty, hunger, health and inequality and to aid advocacy work aimed at achieving Global Goal 6.
- Sustainable Development Goals (From MDGs - SDGs) + Paris Declaration on Climate Change, Justice, Development & Peace Commission (JDPC); Catholic Diocese of Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria.
- The Human Rights Guide to the SDGs, by the Danish Institute for Human Rights
Together 2030 BlogOur 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 May 6) include:
- Will Ghana and Africa Implement the SDGs Framework? A civic Alert!, Samuel Zan Akologo
- Signed, sealed… delivered?, by Jayde Bradley
- Accountability to citizens and the national reviews of Agenda 2030 Implementation, by Naiara Costa
- QCPR: Are stakeholders already left behind while the UN reforms itself?, by Orsolya Bartha, Andrew Griffiths and Naiara Costa
- The international landscape, civil society engagement and the role of Together 2030, by the Together 2030 Core Group.
- Indicators for the Rich, by Claudia Schwegmann,
- Agenda 2030 Implementation acronyms who is afraid of the QCPR?, by Andrew Griffiths, Orsolya Bartha and Naiara Costa
- African CSOs and the implementation of the SDGs, by Stephen Chacha
- National processes on Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Africa, by Stephen Chacha
- 5 things I needed to know 5 years ago about building global campaigns, by Leo Williams.
- Ideas e ilusiones para implementar una agenda global de desarrollo en América Latina y el Caribe, by Philipp Schönrock
- Persons with disabilities and the Sustainable Development Goals (Guidance and Toolkit for the 2030 Agenda), by Orsolya Bartha
- Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals, by Stephen Chacha
- How will Africa engage on the implementation of Agenda 2030?, by Stephen Chacha
- Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: A Canadian Perspective, by Shannon Kindornay and Fraser Reilly-King
- High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) and Persons with Disabilities, by Elizabeth Lockwood
- Good governance: a pillar in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda, by Busani Sibindi
- Challenging perspective – a reflection from a Northern NGO, by Andrew Griffiths
- Why we come together?, by the members of Together 2030 Core Group and Secretariat
|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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Feel free to add images, links, and pictures.|