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 Together 2030The 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
The Core Group
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 Commission – JDPC Ijebu-Ode (Nigeria); Philippine Social Enterprise Network (Philippines); Save Matabeleland (Zimbabwe); Sightsavers (Global); World Vision (Global).
Meet the Core Group:
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.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.
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) 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.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
- Minutes Core Group Meeting - May 18 2016
- Minutes Core Group Meeting- June 1 2016
- Minutes Core Group Meeting- June 15 2016
- Minutes Core Group Meeting - July 5 2016
- Minutes Core Group Meeting - July 18 2016
- Minutes Core Group Meeting - August 31 2016
- Minutes Core Group Meeting - September 14 2016
- Minutes Core Group Meeting - October 5 2016
- Minutes Core Group Meeting - November 2 2016
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:
General enquires: firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the InitiativeAs of November 15 2016, 455 organizations have joined Together 2030 from 87 countries. 71% of those are based in developing countries and 29% in developed countries or are global organizations. Together 2030 Public List of Members - as of November 2016
NEW! 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
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 Activities Report (Dec 2015 - Oct 2016): Building the foundations for connected efforts
NEW! Special Blog Series: Together 2030 First AnniversarySend us your contributions to a special blog series featuring the First Anniversary of the Together 2030 Initiative and the 1st year of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda Guidelines Blog posts will be published at the Together 2030 blog from December 5-9 2016 as part of the celebratory activities of the First Anniversary of the Initiative.
- Suggested length: 400-800 words
- Language: English, French, Spanish and/or Portuguese
- Subject of the blog may include:
- Your engagement at the implementation and accountability of the 2030 Agenda during 2016 at global, regional and/or national levels.
- Reflections on critical issues that can impact implemention.
- Recommendations on engagement of partners and stakeholders in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
- How to participate:
- Title: please include a short, catchy title
- Blog text:
- Offer practical ideas and develop clear arguments
- Back up your arguments with examples (including links/URLs of other material if necessary)
- Consider organising your ideas around a number of suggestions
- Author’s biography: short – 2-3 sentences (in the 3rd person)
- Author’s photo(s) (optional)
- Photo(s) to illustrate your blog post (optional) – please include the name of the person/organisation to credit for the photo
- Twitter handle(s) (optional)
- Together 2030 Reaction to Zero Draft Resolution on Follow up and Review of the 2030 Agenda at the global level - May 2016
- 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
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! 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
- Speakers included: Claire Melamed, Executive Director of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD); Lisa S. Bersales, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, Philippines; John Romano, TAP Network; Tatiana Garcia, Alcaldia de Medellin; Jack Cornforth, DataShift, Civicus
- Webinar material
- Recording of the November 8 2016 Webinar
- Power Point Presentation, Ms. Lisa S. Bersales
- Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD)
- Report on civil society data and citizen-generated data for SDG monitoring
- DataShift Update
- Making use of Citizen-Generated Data GPSDD Roadmaps tool
- TAP Network Goal 16 Data Initiative
- Data Republica (Video, Spanish)
- Analisis de Indicadores - Plan de Desarrollo - Medellin (in Spanish)
- 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)
- 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)
- Summary of February 25 Implementation Webinar: Global Indicators
- Recording of February 25 Implementation Webinar: Global Indicators
- PPT (Arelys Bellorini, World Vision) February 25 Implementation Webinar: Global Indicators
January 2016 Implementation Webinar - From Policy to Action: Are countries ready to start implementing Agenda 2030 by January 2016?
- Summary of January 20 2016 Implementation Webinar
- Presentation from CEPEI (Latin America and Caribbean) January 2016 Implementation Webinar
- Recording of January implementation webinar
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.
3. 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.
- 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
- Statement to the HLPF Ministerial Declaration Elements Paper on June 16, 2016, delivered by Together 2030
- Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Where to start?; Bond, UK
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 August 11) include:
- Crowding out accountability: The follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda, Anna Möller-Loswick
- A big Agenda in the Big Apple: the Global Goals at the UN High Level Political Forum, Jayde Bradley
- 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 (email@example.com). Feel free to add images, links, and pictures.|