Mainstreaming SDG16 to Realize the Principle of ‘Leaving No One Behind'

The second workshop in a series of virtual learning sessions hosted by the Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network and the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies (The Global Alliance) will focus on “Mainstreaming SDG16 to Realize the Principle of ‘Leaving No One Behind.’"

The 2030 Agenda pledges to Leave No One Behind (LNOB), and that member states will endeavor to reach the furthest behind first. With its emphasis on inclusive and accountable governance, non-discrimination, human rights and sustained peace, SDG 16 is key to putting this complex principle into action by ensuring that the most marginalized are engaged as actors and beneficiaries of the 2030 Agenda.

This Webinar will explore what it means to ensure meaningful participation in the VNR process and in advancing SDG16 through the lens of leaving no one behind while providing an opportunity for interactive dialogue and learning amongst all participants. The event also aims to provide an opportunity for experts working on SDG 16 to unpack the key challenges to upholding the principle of LNOB, while sharing best practices for meaningful inclusion in VNR and post-VNR processes. This workshop will include experts from government, civil society, the UN System and the private sector, as well as other key institutions critical to mainstreaming SDG 16.

Guiding Questions

  1. How can SDG16+ be leveraged as an ‘enabler’ for Leaving No One Behind, and reach the furthest behind first?
    • What practices, examples or lessons from governments, civil society and other stakeholders can illustrate this, and how have they used SDG 16 to advance these objectives?
  2. How do we know which groups are being left behind?
    • What are some useful practices that can help identify (and measure) particularly groups that risk being left behind? How can the SDG 16+ framework be helpful in this regard?
  3. What groups are commonly left behind, and why?
    • How are these groups being left behind in view of SDG 16+ - and efforts to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies? What applicable lessons can be drawn from the COVID-19 pandemic, and crisis response efforts?
  4. How can the VNR process be leveraged to promote inclusion and participation?
    • What examples exist of VNR processes that effectively account for LNOB principles? How can we safeguard these principles when mainstreaming SDG 16 into national plans and strategies?
  5. How can “spotlight or shadow reports'' be used to strengthen accountability?
    • How can these civil society reporting mechanisms facilitate greater inclusivity in formal HLPF processes, and more broadly, further the principle of LNOB?