Agenda 2030 National Reviews and civil society and stakeholder engagement: Are we already being left behind?

By Together 2030

 Report of Together 2030 Perceptions Survey now available!

In 2016, the first round of volunteer countries will present their national reviews on the implementation of Agenda 2030 during the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July, in New York.

Together 2030 undertook a “perceptions survey” with civil society organisations, in volunteer countries and beyond, to get a sense about how information is being shared with those actors; if they were aware of the engagement of their governments at the national review process and if spaces have been created for their engagement and participation.

The perceptions survey was based on a limited number of questions; issued in English, Spanish and French and was shared broadly with civil society mailing lists from March 21 to April 11 2016. A total of 265 responses were received: 186 to the English questionnaire; 45 in Spanish and 34 in French.

snipping tool perceptions survey

The report of the survey is now available here.

Some key findings include:

  • Language matters: language is a factor when considering access to information and opportunities of participation. In almost all questions, those replying to the English questionnaire showed more awareness about several aspects of the national process than those replying to the Spanish or French questionnaires.
  • Awareness about the 2030 Agenda and related processes does not translate in awareness about national plans: On average, respondents showed a good level of awareness about the 2030 Agenda and in certain questionnaires about implementation plans in their countries. The survey also shows the lack of knowledge about implementation plans – for instance 44% of those replying to the Spanish and French surveys in volunteer countries are unaware of the implementation plans in their countries. 91% of those replying in Spanish, 86% in French and 60% in English in volunteer countries were unaware about the process to be used by their countries to prepare the national reviews.
  • Willingness to engage: Civil society and other stakeholders are willing and ready to engage and also have proposals on which ways they want to contribute.
  • Desire to coordinate: Respondents tended to favor participation in national reviews that were held either via online or face-to-face consultations and also flagged their desire to engage on “coordinated approaches by groups or coalitions”.
  • From information to influence: Responses showed that the knowledge about how to engage or how to influence the implementation and follow up at the national level is still a matter of concern for civil society and stakeholders. This was mainly captured by comments added at end of the questionnaire where respondents expressed their understanding and knowledge of the Agenda but also highlighted the lack of knowledge about how to engage or influence their governments for national implementation.

Together 2030 is grateful to all those that participated on the survey and expects the outcomes to be considered by governments from volunteer countries to strengthen the participation and engagement of civil society and stakeholders in national review process, as part of the commitments expressed at the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


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