Global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), together with Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD), Forus, Coalition 2030, Zambia Council for Social Development, Accion Chile, Center for Human Rights and Development Mongolia, and the governments of Ireland, Zambia, Switzerland, Chile, and Mongolia, will hold a side-event to the UN HLPF titled “Inclusive Partnerships for a Resilient Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic: Leaving No One Behind in the Voluntary National Reviews” on Tuesday 18th July, from 18:30 to 20:00 EDT, in the UN Headquarters, NY, Conference Room 7.This 2023 UNHLPF sets the halfway point of the 2030 Agenda, which according to CPDE, can be characterised by half measures, spent promises, and a world in peril: Government efforts still fail to match the level of ambition set in 2016,and, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to massive disruption, impacting on health, education, gender equality and access to finance. These have in turn resulted in significant widening of pre-existing gaps of inequality, and the creation of new social, cultural, economic, and political asymmetries.In this context, inclusive Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) provide a crucial opportunity to evaluate and assess progress in the delivery of the SDGs and the wider 2030 Agenda. This session will explore ways to ensure VNR processes at country level to truly enable and strengthen inclusive partnerships for sustainable development.
Governments representatives from Ireland, Zambia, Mongolia, and Chile will share their countries’ perspectives on CSO inclusion in their VNR processes, as will civil society coalitions active in developing spotlight reports, offering diverse views on the critical steps needed for transformative change in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oli Henman, Action for Sustainable Development Global Coordinator, and Josefina Villegas, CPDE Policy and Membership Coordinator, will facilitate the dialogue between the CSO and the government sectors.
Findings from the 2023 CPDE VNR Study launched on 14 July will be discussed during the event. The CPDE VNR study sheds light on the critical role of CSOs in holding governments accountable, advocating for meaningful, inclusive and diverse participation in the process of implementing the 2030 Agenda, and driving transformative change towards the achievement of the SDGs.