A diverse group of stakeholders – parliaments, civil society, business, among others – contributed to the drafting of the 2030 Agenda and are now called upon to contribute to its implementation, monitoring and reporting. While governments have the main responsibility for achieving the 2030 Agenda, stakeholders will play different roles: holding governments accountable (e.g., by tracking implementation or engaging in advocacy activities), providing inputs to policy-making or making their own contributions to implement the SDGs (e.g., by aligning their own actions or by providing services). There are many ways through which governments can promote stakeholders’ engagement, and the level of engagement may vary from informing, through consulting and involving, to collaborating with stakeholders. SDG 16 offers key principles to guide meaningful participation and guidance on stakeholder engagement to achieve the SDGs is becoming increasingly available.
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Core Resources for Stakeholder Engagement
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