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Forus aims to be a global player in enabling capacity development of its members and civil society organisations, and to be an advocacy champion, calling for, amongst other issues, predictable and flexible resources for capacity development for civil society in general.

Recognising that new capacity development requirements are linked to civil society’s role in monitoring and implementing the new universal Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, Forus also provides relevant practical support to its members. It disseminates information on the processes surrounding the implementation, monitoring and follow-up of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as information about the various ways civil society can engage through the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process of its government, and through other related processes.

The experience of Forus members in starting to monitor and implement the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development has convinced our global network that there is an urgent need for the international political community to plan for, and fully resource, a coordinated approach to the Agenda 2030 capacity development of civil society globally.

At the HLPF in New York in July 2017, Forus launched its new policy paper calling on the UN, its Member States and other major donors to:

(i) Plan for, and develop a coordinated global approach to capacity development of civil society and other stakeholders, linked to the monitoring and implementation requirements of the Agenda 2030.

(ii) Provide support and assistance to global networks such as IFP, and to other regional and national networks, to identify the Agenda 2030 capacity development needs of their member organisations.

(iii) Create a Global Fund to promote capacity building and development of different stakeholder groups involved in the monitoring and implementation of Agenda 2030, with a focus on civil society. Ensure that the Global Fund is distributed in a way that respects the universality of the agenda and the diversity of needs expressed by civil society from different regions.