Since 2012, Forus has supported its members in their activities related to the Agenda 2030 in partnership with the Beyond 2015 campaign. Forus has published its own position paper: "Civil society’s call for a fair and sustainable future."
As part of Forus’ advocacy mission, the network has engaged within the international community on determination and negotiation of the SDG agenda by enabling participatory processes all over the world and representing those affected by poverty and exclusion. We have managed to engage successfully in advocacy work, contributing to the emergence of a global, overarching, cross-thematic sustainable development framework. The design process of this agenda was unprecedented and gave CSOs the important responsibility to carry the voices of citizens to a global level.
After having become one of the influential CSO actors in contributing to the development of this agenda, Forus intends to remain a key player in holding governments accountable and to be a major actor in its implementation. For this reason, Forus, together with the Climate Action Network (CAN), CIVICUS and the Global Campaign Against Poverty (GCAP) and numerous other CSOs, is shaping the new global civil society network Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD).
This new Agenda 2030 framework, universal and overarching, has quickly begun to shape development policies and influence international cooperation. The agenda is largely implemented at the national level so the strong focus of Forus on the national level is even more crucial.
Civil society’s role is central to the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and national NGO platforms, as primary and legitimate interlocutors of national governments, are playing a major role in the operationalization of the agenda. Forus ensures that its entire membership engages effectively in the process.
The mobilisation of NGOs and CSOs to increase public awareness about Agenda 2030 is becoming an increasingly important issue. The international community also explicitly recognises the importance of building multi-stakeholder partnerships where trade unions, grass roots organisations, NGOs, the private sector, cooperatives and media can play specific roles.
Forus and its members consider that economic, social, cultural and environmental rights are the backbone of the SDGs. Read Forus’ position here. For us, the key building blocks for successful implementation of the new agenda should be:
- Transformative measures to achieve a fair and sustainable society for all
- Strong commitments to traditional and new financial resources
- Civil society’s participation
- Putting citizens, local actors and local institutions at the core of the SDGs
- Supporting and empowering the voices of the voiceless
- Holding the private sector accountable
- Multi-stakeholders partnerships
- Mobilising citizens, public opinion and media on the political vision of the SDG agenda and on the means of implementation
We support our members by sharing relevant information and tools, promoting peer learning and the exchange of intelligence linked to the Voluntary National Reviews processes; we also carry out advocacy and engage with institutional processes developed within the framework of the Agenda 2030 (especially with the High Level Political Forum).
Forus also organises key international actions with other relevant stakeholders linked to Agenda 2030 to ensure the exchange of information obtained from monitoring and to share best practices to keep governments accountable to their pledges.