SDG implementation at national level: What’s the point of national reports?

VNRs and shadow (or spotlight) reporting:
How it is key for meaningful participation and accountability

The national voluntary reporting to the High Level Political Forum of ECOSOC is a practice that has gained traction, as dozens of governments are volunteering each year to participate and contribute their VNRs. A number of CSOs have prepared their own shadow or spotlight reports to follow-up on their governments efforts to implement the 2030-Agenda. Is there a meaningful dialogue between the official and the alternative reports? What is the value of the whole exercise?

These issues will be debated on July 13, 2018 | 1:15 PM to 2:45 PM at WeWork Grand Central,
4th Floor, Room 4A, 450 Lexington Ave, New York 10017

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

Speakers: Roberto Bissio (Social Watch), Clarisse Sonon (Social Watch – Benin), Ziad Abdel Samad (Arab NGO Network for Development, Lebanon), Iara Pietricovsky (INESC, Brazil), Mark Herkenrath (Alliance Sud, Switzerland), Rene Raja (Social Watch – Philippines)

Comments by: Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (New School)
Ambassador Michael Gerber, Swiss Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development

Please RSVP by 12 July to
Due to space limitations we kindly ask that you RSVP in advance.

This invitation is available for download here.

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