The TAP Network, together with experts from civil society, launched their SDG Accountability Handbook: A Practical Guide for Civil Society through a Webinar
The webinar was on the 14th of May 2019 at 10.00 EST
In 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations (UN) adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda) a global 15-year plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all, while strengthening universal peace in larger freedom. Similar to its predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), however, the 2030 Agenda and its accompanying Sustainable Development Goals is a political declaration that is not legally binding, meaning countries face no defined consequences if they fail to make serious efforts to meet the Goals or targets. As such, it is important that people in particular, civil society actively engage and participate in processes, where they exist, to hold their government accountable for their SDG commitments.
This webinar will convene a range of experts all of whom have worked extensively around issues of social accountability and the 2030 Agenda to examine the role of civil society in helping to deliver and ensure government accountability for the SDGs.
Oli Henman of Action for Sustainable Development. Arelys Bellorini, Together 2030 and Claire Schouten of International Budget Partnership addressed the following questions during their presentations:
- Why is accountability for the SDGs important?
- How can national- and local-level civil society hold their governments accountable for the commitments to the 2030 Agenda?
- What are the challenges and opportunities for SDG accountability?
The event also launched the TAP Network’s new publication, “SDG Accountability Handbook: A Practical Guide for Civil Society” — a resource that seeks to support national-level civil society hold their government accountable for 2030 Agenda promises, better understand specific approaches to hold governments accountable for the SDGs, and guide them through the practical steps they can take to improve accountability for the 2030 Agenda in their country. An overview of the Handbook was provided including an explanation of why and how the resource was developed as well as an explanation of its structure and the ways it can be used by national- and local-level civil society.