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Guiding for Accountability: Recommendations for VNR guidelines

16th October 2017

Together 2030 launched a new paper with concrete recommendations on how to improve the current VNR guidelines. Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) are a critical element of the follow-up and review mechanisms for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. To support the reporting process, the United Nations Secretary General has been requested to provide a set of voluntary common reporting guidelines for VNRs, which were published in January 2016. After two rounds of VNRs presentations at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF), a reflection and review of the proposed guidelines is needed in order to provide better guidance to volunteer Member States. VNRs are a [read on]

Together 2030 partners with civil society in Senegal to promote inclusive national review and more

9th October 2017

    Photos:Together 2030 and Sightsavers led a workshop with 30 participants on the SDGs in Dakar, on Sept 29   Together 2030 joined forces with Sightsavers and CONGAD/Senegal (Conseil des Organisations Non Gouvernementales d’Appui au Développement) in the organization of a workshop to discuss opportunities and processes related to the preparation of the voluntary national review (VNR) to be presented by the Senegalese Government at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2018. Held in Dakar, Senegal, on September 29, the workshop mobilized around 30 participants, including representatives from several governmental bodies including the planning and economic policy director, the national [read on]

New report on Together 2030 engagement at the HLPF 2017

14th August 2017

As part of the collective work of the Initiative, Together 2030 members participated in a diverse range of activities before, during and after the 2017 High Level Political Forum. These activities aimed to build their capacities, create space for knowledge sharing, and collectively draft documents with key messages. This comprehensive report not only shows the process of engagement, but also the outcomes of this work, such as Together 2030 Perception Survey, Together 2030 Position Paper, Special Blog Series, among others See report here: Together 2030 Report on HLPF 2017 - August 2017-2

Together 2030 issues recommendations to the UN High Level Political Forum

27th July 2017

  Together 2030 members were active during the United Nations High Level Political Forum, held from July 10-19 in New York. Reflections and recommendations were shared during internal strategy meetings which have been compiled in an Open Letter from Together 2030 on the HLPF 2017. The letter is available here. Together 2030 and its members expect that those can be helpful to the process of strengthening the follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

Jo Howard, from Institute of Development Studies (United Kingdom) speaking at the United Nations High Level Political Forum

Together 2030 Statement – Leveraging interlinkages for effective implementation of SDGs

15th July 2017

Jo Howard, from Institute of Development Studies, United Kingdom delivered Together 2030 statement during the HLPF official session on July 14 in Leveraging interlinkages for effective implementation of SDGs. Together 2030 reminded Member States that the universal, and interlinked nature of the SDGs demand a holistic approach that connects the goals rather than separates them into silos. Additionally, we emphasized that it is critical to have a bold Ministerial Declaration that reinforces the commitment to all the SDGs and for their integrated implementation, including the means for their implementation. Click here or read below the full statement.  Your excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Dear colleagues, My name [read on]

Together 2030 statement for Official MGoS Session, HLPF 2017

13th July 2017

John Patrick Ngoyi (JP), from Justice, Development and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria, and member of Together 2030 Core Group presented a civil society perspective during the second day of the 2017 High Level Political Forum (HLPF). During the Thematic review on eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world: Multi-stakeholder perspectives, JP exhorted Member States to move from promises to action, budget allocation and implementation. Naiara Costa, from Together 2030 International Secretariat moderated the session. Below is JP's full speech. "Your excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Dear colleagues, We are [read on]

New report reviews ‘main messages’ from volunteer countries reporting during HLPF 2017

6th July 2017

Check the new report here.  Together 2030, in partnership with World Vision, commissioned a review of the Main Messages submitted by Member States reporting on their implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the HLPF 2017. The purpose of this review is to provide information to civil society stakeholders for their engagement in the HLPF in July 2017, and to make recommendations for improving VNR reports in 2018 and beyond. Main findings and recommendations: In sum, the set of submissions available for this review provide many reasons to be hopeful as well as some cause for concern. On the positive [read on]

Country Experiences Illustrate Together 2030 Input to the 2017 HLPF

6th July 2017

Ahead of the 2017 Session of the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development (HLPF), to be held in New York from July 10 - 19, Together 2030 launches its position paper with key messages to governments and stakeholders engaged in the follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda. The position paper includes national experiences from seven countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, India, South Korea, Togo and the United Kingdom), based on contributions from Together 2030 Members in their path to promote and engage on the SDGs implementation and accountability. The paper also raises concerns around participation, accountability and transparency. Check [read on]

HLPF 2017 Side Event: “Open, inclusive, participatory and transparent”: How can voluntary national reviews support the pledge to “leave no one behind” in implementing the 2030 Agenda?

3rd July 2017

*Save the date* “Open, inclusive, participatory and transparent”: How can voluntary national reviews support the pledge to “leave no one behind” in implementing the 2030 Agenda?   From 18:30 to 20:30* on Monday 17th July 2017   *refreshments will be served from 18:30-19:00   At ONE UN Hotel, 1 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY Join us to hear from governments that have volunteered for VNRs on how they are keeping up the momentum of delivery and implementation of their commitments. Civil Society Organisations and parliamentarians will also be sharing their experiences on how they are engaging and collaborating in this process. Partner Organisations: Sightsavers, Together 2030, Leonard Cheshire Disability, [read on]

Together 2030 continues to engage at negotiations of HLPF 2017 Ministerial Declaration

22nd June 2017

Governments are still negotiating  a Ministerial Declaration, as the main outcome document of the United Nations High Level Political Forum of 2017. On June 21, Together 2030 delivered a statement highlighting key comments from the Initiative to the revised draft presented by the Co-Facilitators on Monday (June 19). Check the June 21 statement: T30 Statement - HLPF 2017 Ministerial Declaration negotiations June 22 Those were based on the  full reaction (June 7) prepared by the Initiative to the zero draft of the Ministerial Declaration  and shared it with country Mission in New York. On  June 16, Milagros De Hoz, from the International [read on]

Together 2030 presents recommendations to HLPF 2017 Ministerial Declaration

16th June 2017

Governments are currently negotiating  a Ministerial Declaration, the main outcome document of the United Nations High Level Political Forum of 2017. Together 2030 has prepared a full reaction to the zero draft document and shared it with country Mission in New York. On  June 16, Milagros De Hoz, from the International Secretariat, delivered a statement highlighting the key messages from Together 2030. Check the statement: Together 2030 Intervention - Intergovernmental Negotiations - HLPF MD - June 16 Full reaction from Together 2030 to the Zero Draft of the HLPF Ministerial Declaration: Together 2030 Reaction - HLPF 2017 Ministerial Declaration Zero Draft [read on]

Together 2030 Reaction to the zero draft of the HLPF 2017 Ministerial Declaration

14th June 2017

Ahead of the intergovernmental negotiations, Together 2030 issued a reaction to the zero draft of the Ministerial Declaration that is the main outcome of the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF). The document was based on inputs collected on an open consultation with the Together 2030 Global Advocacy Working Group. Together 2030 Reaction - HLPF 2017 Ministerial Declaration Zero Draft - June 2017

Together 2030 and partners shared recommendations for the Ministerial Declaration

9th June 2017

On May 25, Together 2030, in partnership with World Vision, the International Disability Alliance, the NGO Major Group, TAP Network and the Stakeholder Group on Ageing joined Member States for an informal discussion with civil society experts on recommendations and proposals for the HLPF Ministerial Declaration. This timely convening was held one day before the negotiations for the Ministerial Declaration started, providing civil society a great opportunity to share their concerns and hopes for the process. There was a shared concern that time is moving fast, and that immediate action is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Civil society asked member states [read on]

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Informe – Encuesta de percepciones 2017 sobre la participación de la sociedad civil y otras partes interesadas en los exámenes nacionales voluntarios y en la implementación de la Agenda 2030

8th June 2017

  EN ESPANOL! Nuevo Informe analiza la participación de la sociedad civil y otras partes interesadas en los exámenes nacionales voluntarios y en la implementación de la Agenda 2030. El informe está disponible aquí. Por segundo año consecutivo, Juntos 2030 (Together 2030) ha realizado una encuesta para reunir evidencia sobre el nivel de conocimiento y participación de la sociedad civil y otras partes interesadas en las actividades de planificación y revisión nacionales vinculadas con la Agenda 2030. En 2017, la encuesta fue realizada en alianza con la Universidad de Newcastle, habiendo recibido 461 respuestas de actores interesados, incluyendo organizaciones nacionales, regionales y globales. La encuesta [read on]

Together 2030 Reactions on HLPF 2017 Ministerial Declaration Elements Paper

26th May 2017

Together 2030 Reaction - HLPF 2017 Ministerial Declaration Elements Paper This paper presents some initial comments from Together 2030, based on the written inputs submitted by the Initiative for the HLPF 2017. Two years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the HLPF Ministerial Declaration should go beyond the reaffirmation of commitments and be a call for action for implementation and mainstreaming of the SDGs into national plans and budgets. Together 2030 expects Member States to uphold the principles and participation commitments expressed in the 2030 Agenda as well as to expand on the open and transparent practices [read on]

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RT @naiaracc: #HLPF 2018 has dates defined: July 9 - 18. Preparatory work has already started for @Together_2030 https://t.co/Z8EY9lRFFP
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