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FUNDING CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS & NETWORKS : “Promising approaches to financing development in the 21st century” – Research report

To support its work connecting, supporting and advocating for Civil Society Organisation’s (CSO) capacity development, Forus commissioned research into the current funding sources and modalities for civil society networks and platforms at national and regional level. The research investigated the strengths and weaknesses of different CSO funding sources and modalities in order to shape informed recommendations about more effective resourcing of CSO networks and platforms in the future, to ensure that the contribution of CSOs to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is supported, and to support the development of a more supportive ecosystem for civil society.
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The review of the HLPF as an opportunity to strengthen multi-stakeholder participation & improve SDG implementation

The High-level Political Forum, is the United Nations (UN) central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Civil Society is calling for greater transparency in relation to the process of HLPF review. Given the importance of the official review of the HLPF this year, Forus and Civil Society actors are calling for civil society to be fully informed, in advance of the launch of the process being launched, of how it can best engage with and influence it.

Delivering on the Capacity Development of Civil Society and other Stakeholders to ensure a successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda - An analysis of the 2017 & 2018 VNRs to evaluate what national governments are doing in this area

Goal 17 recognizes the role of Capacity Development as an important means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Although civil society is not specifically mentioned in this regard, it is clear that the need for enhanced capacity development for all stakeholder groups involved in the 2030 Agenda monitoring and implementation is recognised. For this reason, Forus carried out an analysis of the 2017 & 2018 VNRs in order to determine how capacity development is being implemented by national governments and whom it benefits.

Empowering Civil Society for National Reporting and Action on SDG16

Increased fragility and conflict, negative impacts of climate change, slowing economic growth, rising inequalities, growing intolerance, and frequent attacks on international norms and human rights are threatening the momentum towards equitable and sustainable development. While these factors affect all SDGs, they pose particularly serious challenges to SDG16. The effective implementation of Goal 16 is a precondition for the realization of The 2030 Agenda.The report « Empowering Civil Society for Monitoring and Action on SDG16 » published by Forus, the Asia Development Alliance (ADA), and the Transparency, Accountability, and Participation (TAP) Network provides analysis of a range of approaches and methodologies utilized by civil society for implementation and monitoring of SDG16 by civil society. The report examines gaps, challenges, and opportunities for robust accountability at all levels, and provides key recommendations for enhancing civil society monitoring and action going forward.

Forus will be involved in 4 main side events at the HLPF 2019 :

Additionally, Forus will also convene its members present in New York to a working meeting around Forus’ 2021-2025 Strategy on Sunday July 14 from 3pm to 7pm, followed by a networking dinner. Both events will take place at the Pescatore restaurant (955 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA).

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development and has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Every year Forus’ members participate in the event. In these videos, 3 members from Burkina Faso, Chile & Canada explain their challenges in their own country to cope with the SDGs implementation and their opinions regarding the 2019 HLPFreview.

Interview of Aline Napon Ouédraogo, representative of (SPONG) & Country Manager ChristianAid, talks about Burkina Faso’sprogress on SDGs’ implementation and highlights how the security issues of this country could negatively affect the progress the country has made so far. In addition, she welcomes the engagement of the private sector, civil society and government in this report.

Interview with Nicolas Saujeteau (MESA) Project manager of ACCIÓN talks about the importance of MESA in promoting the debate on sustainable development in Latin America in the face of the difficulties, institutional decline and political polarization that is also weakening the HLPF.  At the same time, he welcomes the numerous VNRs contributions and greater civil society participation.

Interview with Shannon Kindornay, Director, Policy, Research and Practice (CCIC) who emphasizes on the great opportunity of the  HLPF to come together globally to progress in the implementation of the 2030 agenda. She also highlights the opportunity to address the issue of shrinking civic space and see the HLPF as a unique channel to create awareness on SDGs amongst Governments and other stakeholders.