The 2019 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) will be taking place on 9 – 18 July. This year, SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17 are under review; and 47 countries will submit their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). We are now four years into the 2030 Agenda but we know that governments reporting at the VNRs have provided very mixed pictures of progress. We are also aware that civil society involvement has also been patchy so far. Action for Sustainable Development will be organizing several events to strengthen these areas well as promoting a review of HLPF and its engagement mechanisms.

Here’s an agenda of the most relevant events of the week organised by A4SD and our partners:

Thursday, 11 July

10am – 1pm – UN Conference Room 5

SDG learning workshop: ‘Participatory and inclusive tools to build capacities in leaving no one behind’.

Organised in partnership with CIVICUS, International Civil Society Center, ATD Fourth World and others. Register here.

1:15pm – 2:45pm – UN Conference Room 1

Joint side event: ‘Renewing the Ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Civil Society Perspectives on Principles for a Successful HLPF Review’.

Organised in partnership with Together2030, Forus and TAP Network. Register here.

2 pm – 4 pm – UN Church Centre

Side event: Development needs civil society: The implications of civic space for the Sustainable Development Goals. Global perspectives and learnings from Brazil’.

Organised by ACT Alliance.


Friday, 12 July

1 pm – 3 pm – Ford Foundation

Side event: ‘Power to the People: Civic space for climate justice, equality and decent work for all’.

Organised in partnership with Action Aid, CIVICUS, ICNL and others. Register here.

6.30 pm – 8 pm – UN Conference Room 1

Side event: ‘Claiming democratic freedoms together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals’.

Organised by Global Focus.


Saturday, 13 July

9 am – 3 pm – Church Center

Civil Society Weekend Workshop: ‘Standing Together for Transformative Change’.

Join us to hear from key national coalition partners, to reflect on civil society engagement in the first four years of the HLPF and how we can work together to improve accountability in follow up and review processes. Register here.


Sunday, 14 July

10 am – 5.30 pm – The People’s Forum

Ground Level People’s Forum (GLPF)

A counter-space to HLPF. The GLPF will bring together civil society and peoples’ movements to share our struggles and resistances, and hold our governments accountable for the commitments that they have made for sustainable development. Organised by APWLD – Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, Women’s Major Group and Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism. Register here.


Monday, 15 July

4.30 pm – 6 pm – UN Church Center

Launch of spotlight report on sustainability in Europe: ‘Who is paying the bill? (Negative) impacts of European Union policies and practices in the world.

Organised by SDG Watch Europe.


Wednesday, 17 July

12 pm – 4 pm – Ford Foundation

Side event: ‘Building Inclusive Voluntary National Reviews: Promoting civil society participation in the SDGs’

Organised in partnership with Forus, TAP Network, the Asia CSO Partnership for Sustainable Development and others. Register here.


Thursday, 18 July

12.15 pm – 1.30 pm – Un Confernce Room 5

Side event: ‘Global Citizenship Education – Why is it Important? Insights and Cross-Cutting Practices.’

Organised by Bridge47 and the Government of Finland. Find more information here.


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