#HLPF2019: Voices of SDG 16+: Stories for Global Action

SDG 16 Hub

Around the world, the 2030 Agenda has helped catalyze and support a wide range of innovative, grassroots-led work around SDG16+ with a variety of civil society actors. While the actions and commitments of civil society at the national level are often overlooked in global-level discussions, the 2019 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) provides a unique opportunity to bring civil society from a wide range of contexts together to showcase best practices and innovative initiatives supporting SDG16+ implementation, and a chance to explore opportunities for further civil society collaboration at all levels around SDG16+ going forward.

Saferworld, TAP Network and International Peace Institute (IPI) along with eight campaign partners launched the Voices of SDG16+: Stories for Global Action campaign collecting stories of grassroots efforts and initiatives from around the world that are implementing the SDG16+ targets. The civil society participants hail from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Canada, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nepal, Philippines, Somaliland, Uganda, and Yemen, and were selected from well over 200 videos of local leaders and changemakers around the world working to put the 2030 Agenda and its commitment to peace, justice and inclusion into action. 

Welcoming Remarks:
Dr. Adam Lupel, Vice President, International Peace Institute

Panel 1: Examples of SDG16+ in Action: strengthening existing work and new approaches for SDG16+
Kate Flatley, Women's Justice Initiative, Guatemala
Arlyssa Bianca Pabotoy, Center for Peace Education, Philippines
Tola Winjobi, Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development, Nigeria
Narcisio Bangirana, Alternatives to Violence Project, Uganda
Chhatra Amatya, Nagarik Aawaz, Nepal
Rudrani Dasgupta & Ramsha Baluch, Chai Dukkan, India & Pakistan

Panel 2: Next steps on SDG16+: how to bring the agenda forward and how civil society can be supported
Ismail Farjar, Center for Policy Analysis, Somaliland
Justine Kumche, Women in Alternative Action NGO, Cameroon
Umulkheir Mohamed, Kesho Alliance, Kenya
Kasha Slavner, Global Sunrise Project, Canada
Sophia Dianne Garcia, Young Women+ for Peace and Leadership, Philippines
Sofia Ramyar, Afghans for Progressive Thinking, Afghanistan

This event will showcase the stories of the campaign peace actors, who will share their innovative work on access to justice, women’s political participation, youth peacebuilding, non-violent education and inclusive decision-making.


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To learn more about the campaign visit the website at: https://voicesofsdg16plus.org/about-the-campaign/