CSO Engagement

1 Oct 2017 to 30 Nov 2017

The ESCAP secretariat is organizing several events and producing several knowledge products between now and the 2018 Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD). Civil society’s perspectives and contributions related to the joint 2018 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) and APFSD theme, to the cluster of goals and the follow-up and review process will ensure that due attention is paid to the right issues and that there is more awareness and understanding of the realities faced by different constituencies.

Civil society colleagues are invited to review the opportunities below and pre-register their interest to participate. For more information, please scroll down.

Subregional Forums on the SDGs (September-November 2017)

  • These subregional meetings are convened as platform for exchange of experiences and ideas on 2030 Agenda implementation; to link regional and global deliberations with subregional action; to boost subregional cooperation; and also support national implementation efforts.
  • These meetings will start the region’s thinking on the theme for the next APFSD/HLPF, and will also consider other issues and processes (such as inequality or migration), depending on priorities in the subregion.
  • The dates are:
    • 27-28 September - Central Asia (Almaty)
    • 10-11 October - East and North-East Asia (Beijing)
    • 18-19 October - South East Asia (Bangkok)
    • 25-27 October - Pacific (Samoa)
    • 1-2 November - South and South West Asia (Kathmandu)
  • We are seeking participation from interested and experienced experts from all sectors working on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, with participation by invitation. Some limited funding may be available.
  • For more information see: http://www.unescap.org/events/implementing-2030-agenda-subregional-level-asia-and-pacific
  • Please indicate your interest to participate in any of the sub-regional forums by click here

SDG Week in Bangkok (27 November to 1 December 2017)

  • This Week will bring experts from government, civil society, academia and the private sector for in-depth workshops, expert group meetings and open discussions to boost implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It is an idea forum for those who are involved in specific aspects of implementation, from grassroots to regional level, and for those who are more broadly involved.
  • We are seeking participation from interested and experienced experts working on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda across all SDGs including means of implementation, and on issues corresponding to the priority areas in the regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: leaving no one behind, disaster risk reduction and resilience, climate change, management of natural resources, connectivity, energy. Some limited funding may be available.
  • For more information on SDG Week in 2016.
  • Please indicate your interest to participate and receive more information by 23 October by click here

Guidelines on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSPs) (October and November 2017)

  • We are urgently seeking input to the development of Guidelines on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSPs) for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific in the form of an online questionnaire.
  • ESCAP and the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) are developing a practical guide to strengthen member States’ understanding of different forms of partnerships and their potential to help overcome challenges in the planning, implementation and review of SDGs.
  • The questionnaire aims to map needs and challenges of SDG implementation and collect lessons learned of successful or unsuccessful partnership approaches in various sectors. Responses remain anonymous and will not be linked to respondents.
  • We are seeking inputs from civil society to ensure the guidelines are appropriate and correspond to the needs of both public and private, government and non-government partners in sustainable development. We would highly value your views and experiences of successful MSPs, respective pitfalls and opportunities of partnerships from a civil society perspective.
  • Additional feedback will be collected at a validation workshop at SDG Week (27 Nov – 1 Dec), limited funding for participation at this expert group meeting will be available. Kindly indicate your interest in participating in SDG Week and your interest in partnerships in particular by 23 October by click here.
  • The online version of the questionnaire can be accessed from the following website, we seek your input as soon as possible, by 6 October by click here.

SDG Help Desk (October 2017)

  • ESCAP is establishing a Sustainable Development Goals Help Desk: a one-stop online gateway to tools, knowledge products, expertise, good practices, advice and opportunities for peer-learning and regional South-South cooperation through thematic areas, covering a multitude of topics.
  • To define the needs of member States and other stakeholders for knowledge products related to implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and to build a shared understanding on how best to address these needs through the SDG Help Desk, ESCAP is conducting a SDG Help Desk Needs Assessment and is organizing a Regional Expert Consultation from 16 to 17 October 2017 in the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • We are seeking inputs from civil society to guide the development of important functionalities and the user interface of the SDG Help Desk, as well as expressions of interest to attend the Consultation, and in particular from civil society groups who are actively involved in national SDG implementation activities.
  • We would highly appreciate receiving those expressions by e-mail to escap-sdghelpdesk@un.org and would value civil society sharing views and experiences by 6 October 2017 through the SDG Help Desk Needs Assessment online survey at the following link by click here.

Contributions to the thematic report for the APFSD – theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” (October - November 2017)

A regional report on the theme for the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development and the global High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will be produced by a partnership of ESCAP, ADB and UNDP. There will be call for material to contribute to the report in the form of case studies, references and other material.

For more information on the previous report and the work of the partnership see:
http://sdgasiapacific.net/knowledge-product

  • This will be most interesting for those who have researched, or direct experience in promoting, resilient approaches, regardless of the field of work/study.
  • Please let us know if you are interested to contribute, and how, by completing the form below and submitting by 31 October 2017 by click here.

Contributions to the review of the cluster of goals for the 2030 Agenda (October-December 2017)

This will be an open call for specific expert inputs to the review of the cluster of goals. ESCAP, in collaboration with other organizations, will prepare goal profiles and other material. This material will be reviewed jointly by government representatives and other stakeholders at the Asia-Pacific Forum Sustainable Development to support regional and global review of the 2018 cluster of goals:

Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation

Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy

Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Goal 15 Life on Land

Goal 17 Partnerships for the Goals

  • We are seeking input, in particular, from civil society participants experienced in implementing one or more of these cluster goals and/or in follow-up and review processes.
  • Please let us know if you are interested to contribute to the regional review of one more of the goals via by 31 October 2017 by click here.

Background information

Collecting good practices on stakeholder engagement for the 2030 Agenda (November-January 2017)

An open call for positive stakeholder engagement processes and methods, or related types of initiatives (e.g. in support of Goals 16 or 17) that can be shared with others. Examples of work to raise the voice of the most disadvantaged groups, in the spirit of “leaving no one behind” are particularly welcome. Engagement “leaders” can be from any type of organization – government, CSO or other.

  • This will be most interesting for those who have experience in engaging with different kinds of stakeholders in different contexts, working with communities or with disadvantaged groups
  • For more information see: http://www.unescap.org/events/creating-seat-table
  • Please let us know if you are interested to contribute, and how, by completing the form below and submitting by 31 October 2017 by click here