Accelerating the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Implementation: Addressing Systemic Barriers, Recovery Gaps and Strengthening Peoples’ Participation

This year, the HLPF focuses on SDGs 4, 5, 14, 15 and 17, in addition to the focus on the theme of impact of COVID-19 pandemic and building back better. It is also understood that the high-level segment of ECOSOC will also discuss multilateralism and international cooperation in relation to sustainable recovery from COVID-19 and achieving the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development aspirational goals. Keeping the above context in perspective, and also building on the aspirations of the civil society community engaging in the process, this side event aims to provide a platform, perspective and dialogue space among MGoS representatives and other stakeholders from across the world, to further discuss the accelerated implementation of SDGs grounded with focus on systemic reforms such as recovery gaps and strengthening of peoples’ participation.

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The following questions will be interrogated through multi-stakeholder dialogue:

What are the civil society proposals on post COVID-19 recovery approaches needed to accelerate the implementation of SDGs across social, economic and environmental dimensions, leaving no one behind with human rights and gender equality in the centre of recovery approaches?

What are the civil society proposals to address structural barriers, inequalities and inequities and systemic reforms required including climate and financial injustice and ensuring inclusive public services – health, including equal access to COVID-19 prevention, diagnostic and therapeutics, education and social protection?

What are the civil society proposals towards strengthening multilateralism and expanding civic space to build back better from COVID-19 with focus on partnerships with the people, and means of implementation?


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-NY, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Ageing-Vienna, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email its co-chair at 

Leveraging SDG 17 to strengthen and improve the VNR process


Two lively panel debates will invite panelists to share the perspectives of governments, UN agencies, civil society and others with regard to the implementation of key SDG 17 commitments in different regional and national contexts. Panelists will explore the extent to which a full operationalization of these SDG 17 key commitments would greatly enhance the ability of civil society and other stakeholders to engage more effectively with national VNR processes, and ultimately to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs by 2030.

Objectives of Side Event:

This side event will focus on examining how the operationalization of SDG 17’s key commitments on capacity building, multi-stakeholder partnerships, technology transfer and financing for development could significantly increase CSO effectiveness in engaging with VNR follow up and review processes in the context of Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

During this side event Forus will also launch its new report entitled “Leveraging SDG 17 & CSO Capacity Development to accelerate SDG implementation.”

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The annual review of SDG 17 by the UN HLPF highlights the importance placed by the international community on the 2030 Agenda’s aim to “Strengthen the Means of Implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.” 

The concept of ‘Means of implementation’ describes the interdependent mix of financial resources, technology development and transfer, capacity‐building, inclusive and equitable globalization and trade, regional integration, as well as the creation of a national enabling environment required to implement the new sustainable development agenda, particularly in developing countries.   

SDG 17 has 17 targets to be achieved by 2030, broken down into five categories: finance, technology, capacity building, trade and systemic issues (including policy coherence for sustainable development , multi-stakeholder partnerships etc). 

Civil society organisations around the world believe that unless SDG 17’s key commitments are fully operationalised, there is a very real danger of the significant underachievement of the SDGs by 2030, particularly given the devastating impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic in recent years. 


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit

Leadership for Change: A Call to Action from Sisters Supporting Vulnerable Communities

This side event will address SDGs 14, 15, and 17 – under review at this year’s High-Level Political Forum – by featuring panelists with expertise in creating environmental initiatives that serve and support our planet’s most vulnerable communities. Panelists will include Sisters engaged in grassroots advocacy, speakers from civil society sharing best practices for partnerships around the SDGs, and representatives from Member States with experience of collaborating to make the 2030 Agenda a reality for all. With this event, we aim to model effective implementation of SDG 17, Partnerships for the Goals. UNANIMA and UISG are partnering to produce a concise and powerful call to action, drawing from the experiences of Sisters as development leaders, with concrete policy recommendations on achieving the relevant SDGs.

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Through this event, UNANIMA International and the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) will bring to Member States the distinctive voices of Catholic Sisters – women leaders supporting marginalized communities around the world – with a strong call to action on SDGs 14, 15 and 17, under review at this Forum.

The Goals:

SDGs 14 and 15 were established by the UN in 2015. Life Below Water aims to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” Life on Land was created to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.” The Earth’s delicate ecosystems sustain and nourish life for all humans.

However, extractive industries, plastic pollution, and many other toxic practices are disrupting the relationship between people and our planet. Marginalized groups, Small-Island Developing States, and countries in the global south are particularly reliant on oceans and land for food security and wellbeing. Habitat loss caused by rising sea levels, deforestation, and other climate-related factors is wreaking havoc around the globe, forcing people to seek out temporary, crowded, and unsafe shelters where illness and infection spread quickly.

Climate injustice – including the loss of homes, biodiversity, and essential food and water supplies – is one of the most pressing obstacles to achieving the SDGs. Indigenous and local communities suffering from changes to their environments can often provide solutions to the challenges we face below water and on land: their insights will be essential in caring for the Earth as we approach 2030.


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-NY, a Substantive Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship at the United Nations, please visit For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Vienna, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva, please visit