Will the SDGs be debated at the UN General Assembly?

Can you believe that it has already been a year since the Sustainable Development Goals were adopted at the UN General Assembly? Namati will be at the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York next month and we would love to hear from any network members who are going to be attending. Please reply to this topic so that we can make sure to invite you to interesting events we are organizing and let us know if you would be interested in supporting our global advocacy.

What is the Focus of the UN General Assembly? At this year’s General Assembly world leaders will convene at UN Headquarters to discuss solutions to the global refugee and migrant crisis, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. This is the first time the General Assembly has called for a summit at the Heads of State and Government level on large movements of refugees and migrants and it is a historic opportunity to come up with a blueprint for a better international response. It is a watershed moment to strengthen governance of international migration and a unique opportunity for creating a more responsible, predictable system for responding to large movements of refugees and migrants and ensuring that all people have legal identity.

Will the SDGs be debated? Yes, alongside the Summit, there will be a number of high profile events where Heads of State and civil society will discuss progress made towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In the last 12 months there has been progress

but also some challenges

We continue to hold governments accountable to the justice commitments that they made, including by calling for greater financing for legal empowerment work around the world.

Namati and partners from the Global Legal Empowerment and Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) Network will be launching a new toolkit Advocacy: Justice and the SDGs and hosting a workshop which will help civil society design national advocacy strategies to advance justice. Don’t worry if you are not able to attend in person, we will be making all of our resources available online and will be hosting a webinar for those who are not able to be in New York.

Do you have any stories of success? We would love to hear from network members who have found the SDGs to be a useful tool to push forward reforms. We already have heard from members in many countries, including from partners in Kenya who used the SDGs to push for a new legal aid law. Please share your stories in the comments section of this message.


Thanks for posting this, Stacey! It’s great to connect our network with the goings on at the UN General Assembly and to share these links to topics on SDG progress and challenges, and especially to the great article about the idea of a Global Fund for Legal Empowerment which is a powerful, important idea.

Note to @exchange_2016tanzania participants! Check out the links above and feel free to add your comments here and to those topics!

My name is Kou Dorkago from JPC Liberia. Yes ! SDGs is a worldwide issues that everyone should meets and discuss .we have some challenges when a come to the justice system in Liberia especially the police and the community people.

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Je reviens encore; en terme de plaidoyer pour l’ODD, les pays en voie de développement ont besoin vraiment d’une attention particulière, puisque ces objectifs se résume sur la lutte contre la pauvreté, la protection de la planète et la garantie de la prospérité de tous, alors que certains pays en voie de développement riche en ressources minières ne se voit pas libre dans leur action; compte je parle ainsi, je fais allusion à mon pays et aussi d’autres pays africains qui souffrent de ce même problème. Il est temps pour que l’Assemblée Générale des Nations Unies mette des gardes fous pour ne pas léser d’autres pays membres des NU.

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