The Role of Civil Society in Contributing to Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

Merle Jasper

DCAF and the Costa Rican Permanent Mission to the United Nations are holding a side event at the HLPF to highlight the role that civil society organizations (CSOs) can play in implementing SDG16, and holding their governments accountable for their commitments to SDG16 and the wider 2030 Agenda.

SDG16 highlights that security is an enabler of development and that good governance principles are imperative for the achievement of this goal, which has an enabling effect on other goals, such as Goals 5, 11 and 13. CSOs are an important channel through which citizens can participate in the development of public policies concerning the security sector. CSOs can contribute to security sector governance in five ways: awareness raising; advocacy; monitoring and public oversight; fact-finding, research and analysis; and service provision.

At this HLPF side event, members of civil society from three countries: Mexico, South Africa, and the Philippines will showcase the ways in which they have directly contributed to SDG16 and promoted more peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

Opening Remarks 
•    Ambassador Rodrigo Carazo, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations
•    Ambassador Thomas Guerber, Director of DCAF
•    Mr. Lex Gerts, Deputy Director of the Directorate for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

•    Louise Edwards, Director of Programmes and Research, African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), South Africa
•    Teresita Quintos Deles, Founding Trustee of INCITEgov, the Philippines
•    Representative of Center for Civic Collaboration (CCC), Mexico
•    Alexandra Preperier, Research Assistant, DCAF

William McDermott, Project Coordinator, DCAF

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Spanish. 

To register for this virtual event, click here