We are working in 12 Arab countries with 9 national networks (with an extended membership of 250 CSOs from different backgrounds) and 23 NGO members.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS STUDY WEEK ON MACRO-ECONOMIC, TRADE AND INVESTMENT POLICIES OPEN FOR RESEARCHERS AND SPECIALIZED ACTIVISTS FROM THE ARAB REGION Geneva, Switzerland – During the first week of November, 2018 The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) and the South Center launch the call for applications for their Annual Study Week, which offers an opportunity for researchers and specialized activists from the Arab region to deepen knowledge on key issues of development, trade, and investment through a rights-based approach.Read more
High awareness but limited role of civil society in SDG implementation - CPDE study NEW YORK, USA - A recent study showed there is a high level of awareness among civil society groups on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process, but this has not yet been translated into meaningful participation. The VNRs serve as inputs to the High-level Political Forum (HLPF). The process is to be voluntary, state-led, undertaken by both developed and developing countries, and shall provide a platform for multistake-holder partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders.Read more
The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development. HLPF plays a vital role in implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the global level and the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process serves as its basis. In 2016, 22 countries, and, in 2017, 43 countries took part in the VNR process at HLPF.Read more
JOINT STATEMENT AND QUESTIONS FOR VNR LEBANON OFFICIAL SESSION This first VNR is very strategic. Either Lebanon will take it as an ad-hoc tick-box exercise, implementing several short-term projects run by various ministries on a broad range of SDGs while monitoring goals and indicators with a quantitative approach, or it will be a U-turn through which a strong political commitment will be shown to address the root causes of structural-development challenges, adopting a nationally owned, comprehensive, rights-based development agenda, integrating the 5Ps. Localizing SDGs is still needed to address inequalities, corruption, social injustices, ending all forms of discrimination and ensuring full enjoyment of human rights for all.Read more