Civil society says no to status quo, people over profit, through Unmet Gala


13 December 2022

Geneva, Switzerland – Global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) held a parade for effective development cooperation in time for the High-Level Meeting (HLM3) in Geneva, last 13 December at the Hilton Hotel lobby.

Titled CPDE Unmet Gala: A civil society parade for equality and justice, the event was a twist on the Met Gala, and made a reference to unmet development effectiveness commitments towards sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The parade featured bespoke clothing designed by a collective of artists from the global South (SAKA), around the themes of SDGs, climate change, conflict and fragility, shrinking civic space, and private sector engagement.

Check-out the photos of each attire and the parade on our dedicated webpage.

“Through this event, CPDE hopes to more creatively convey our demands around effective development cooperation, and urgent and extraordinary measures needed to put us back on track towards the SDGs or the Agenda 2030,” said CPDE co-chair Marita Gonzalez.

Images and slogans like No to status quo, There is no Planet B, and People over profit embroidered, hand-painted, sublimated, or sewn on the upcycled clothing, were worn by CPDE members from around the world. The messages were based on the civil society delegation’s messages and key asks for the Effective Development Cooperation Summit/HLM3.

The Unmet Gala attires were later showcased in the Summit venue, as an interactive space where participants were also able try them on in support of the messages.


 About CPDE. CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness is a platform that unites civil society organisations (CSOs) from around the world on the issue of effective development cooperation. Our members come from six regions and eight major sectors: faith-based, feminist, indigenous peoples, international CSOs, labour, migrants, rural, and youth. Learn more via


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