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High Level Political Forum 2020
The UN and Member States must ensure meaningful civil society participation in the 2020 virtual United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF).  Due to COVID-19, as we know the majority of the participation at HLPF will be virtual this year. This may increase the risk of civil society being "muted" in spite of being a key partner in the implementation as well as follow up and review of the SDGs. 
Forus along with other CSOs have written a joint advocacy letter for the UN & its Member States on this issue. We invite civil society from across the world to read to share widely this letter. Together with our global network, we are also launching the #UNmute campaign on social media channels, calling for a robust online presence during and after the HLPF.
The HLPF has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGsat the global level, The Forum facilitates the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned and provides political leadership, guidance, and recommendations for follow-up. It promotes system-wide coherence and coordination of sustainable development policies.

For Forus’ advocacy activities, the HLPF represents an opportunity to advocate for CSOs and CSO platforms and to highlight their participation in decision-making, policy coherence and the development of strategies for sustainability.

The HLPF which takes place in New York every second week of July involves the presentation of  The Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) that have been submitted by Member States to the UN on their progress to date in implementing the 2030 Agenda at national level.  

In 2020, 26 counties will be presenting their VNRs for the first time and these include: : Austria, Plurinational State of Bolivia, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burundi, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Federated States of Micronesia, Mozambique, North Macedonia, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Syrian Arab Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Zambia.

Below the list of Forus members based on countries presenting VNRs for the first time

Bolivia: Unitas La Unión Nacional de Instituciones para el Trabajo de Acción Social 

Burundi: ADIR - Action Développement et Intégration Régionale

Democratic Republic of the Congo: CCOD - Conseil de Concertation des ONG de développement

Gambia: Tango The Association of Non-Governmental Organizations

Mozambique: Joint - League For NGOs in Mozambique

Seychelles: CEPS: Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles

Zambia: ZCSD: Zambia Council for Social Development

The 23 countries which are presenting VRNs for the second time include:  Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Honduras, India, Jordan, Monaco, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Samoa, Slovenia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. 

See the list of Forus members based on countries presenting VNRs for the second time

Argentina: EENGD - Red Encuentro

Finland: FINGO - Finnish NGO Platform  

Honduras ASONOG - Asociacion De Organismos No Gubernamentales

India: VANI - Voluntary Action Network India

Morocco: Espace Associatif

Nepal : NFN - NGO Federation of Nepal

Nigeria: NNNGO - Nigeria Network of NGOs

Peru: ANC - Asociación Nacional de Centros

Slovenia: SLOGA - Slovenian Global Action

Uganda : UNNGOF - Uganda National NGO Forum

The VNR presentations are planned to begin on Monday, 13 July 2020 (the last of the first five days of HLPF) and proceed for the three days of the ministerial segment of HLPF (14 – 16 July 2020).  

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition may be postponed.

More info :  

http://sdg.iisd.org/commentary/policy-briefs/governments-and-experts-exchange-proposals-for-improving-hlpf/


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