Last week, IDS Fellow Jo Howard delivered a statement at the Leveraging interlinkages for effective implementation of SDGs official session of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York, on behalf of Together 2030, an international coalition of over 500 civil society organisations.
Ms Howard worked with other members to draft statement (PDF) which called on countries participating in the Voluntary National Reviews to committo review all the SDGS and their interlinkages every year, in order to preserve the integrated nature of the SDGs.
Jo Howard, a Fellow with the Participation research and knowledge cluster at IDS, was already at the HLPF to share findings from the Participate initiative on participatory accountability and the “real” data revolution at a UNICEF-hosted side event earlier in the week.
As one of the Major Groups and other Stakeholders, the Together 2030 coalition, of which IDS is a member, was allocated a short time within the official session to give a statement.
Ms Howard said: “I had the opportunity to help compose and then to deliver a statement from Together 2030 during the HLPF official session on Leveraging interlinkages for effective implementation of SDGs. This was the ideal session for us to add some perspective which drew on our Participate research on intersectionality, and also to highlght the importance of accountability at all levels.”
Ms Howard was impressed with Together 2030’s participatory approach to compiling this and other statements, with drafts shared and prepared on Googledoc and different member organisations offered opportunities to speak and input into drafts.
Download the statement
- Together 2030 statement for Official Session, HLPF 2017 Leveraging interlinkages for effective implementation of SDGs