Together 2030 partners launch new civil society handbook on engaging parliaments in support of the SDGs

18th July 2018

Together 2030 partners launch a new resource to help civil society engage parliaments, potential powerful partners for protecting people and the planet.

Parliament plays an influential role in ensuring the effective implementation of global commitments through their work on legislation and budgets. For civil society, it can provide a valuable ally for supporting the realisation of the 2030 Agenda but how and when can civil society best engage? What strategies and tools have proven successful and what are the challenges? Engaging parliaments on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs: representation, accountability and implementation – a handbook for civil society explores these questions to provide CSOs with guidance on how to strategically navigate the myriad of opportunities, approaches and challenges.

Charles Chauvel, Team Leader, Inclusive Political Processes, UNDP
“This handbook provides strategic guidance on developing partnerships between civil society and parliament. The SDGs are not solely a government agenda and cannot be delivered by governments alone. In the journey to make the SDGs a reality, civil society actors can be valuable partners to governments as well as other stakeholders such as parliament.”

Developed in response to the urgent need for more civil society resources on the SDGs, the handbook includes concrete strategies for engaging – from how to approach private meetings with parliamentarians to running SDG training and launching public campaigns.

Gomer Padong, Development Cooperation and Advocacy Director, Philippine Social Enterprise Network:
“Above all, work together! The advice in this handbook is based on proven strategies from engagement to date and a key message is that working in coalition can improve your chances of success. Bringing civil society partners together and speaking with a unified voice carries more weight and has a higher chance of successfully influencing change.”

A wide range of practical examples from over 15 countries demonstrate the good work that is already underway and the many possibilities around how to engage.

Arelys Bellorini, World Vision International United Nations Representative and Co-Chair of the Together 2030 Core Group:
“Three years into the 2030 Agenda, interesting tactics and good practice on how civil society and parliaments can work together are emerging from around the world. From training parliamentarians in Sierra Leone to supporting all-party parliamentary coalitions in Denmark, there’s a lot that civil society can and is already doing. The handbook highlights many of these examples as inspiration for others to act.”

The 2030 Agenda offers much opportunity for dialogue and reflection about the routes towards sustainable development. Through a constructive working relationship, both parliaments and civil society can work together to play effective roles in realising the 2030 Agenda’s ambition to protect the planet and promote peace and prosperity for everyone, everywhere.

Download Engaging parliaments on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs: representation, accountability and implementation – a handbook for civil society (PDF 1.1Mb)

An abbreviated version is available in English (PDF 500Kb), Spanish (PDF 800Kb) and French (PDF 500Kb).

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