Side event HLPF: 18.7. SDG-implementation: How are governments doing their part?

The experience of Civil Society shadow (or spotlight) reporting. How it is key for meaningful participation and accountability

Date: July 18, 2017
Time: 11:15 AM to 1:00 PM
Venue: Baha’i International Community, Suite 120 (first floor) 866 UN Plaza, New York

Alternative “shadow” reporting is a well-established tool of civil society to hold governments accountable to their commitments. A number of CSOs have prepared shadow or spotlight reports to follow-up on their governments efforts to implement the 2030-Agenda. Stalled, or slipping back, is the theme that appears in many of the contributions. Natural and un-natural disasters, some of them of catastrophic proportions, appear again and again not just as an obstacle to faster progress towards the agreed goals, but in fact setting the clock back. Part of the reason for lack of progress has to do with an over-reliance on public-private partnerships, urged by the World Bank as a way to finance implementation of the SDGs.

Come join the authors of national shadow reports in a conversation about their experiences.

The event aims to:

  • share experiences of CSO shadow reports on national implementation; and
  • engage government and CSO-representatives in a discussion on national implementation, CSO participation and accountability.


Roberto Bissio (Social Watch), Rene Raya (Social Watch Philippines), Anna-Stiina Lundqvist (KEPA, Finland), Ziad Abdel Samad (Arab NGO Network for Development, Lebanon), Markéta Mottlová (Social Watch Czech Republic), Wolfgang Obenland (Global Policy Forum, Germany), Chee Yoke Ling (Third World Network, Malaysia), Iara Pietricovsky de Oliveira (INESC, Brazil), Geneviéve Tardieu (ATD-Fourth World, France)

Download the invitation here

As space for this side event is limited, we kindly ask you to RSVP by 14 July 2017 to

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