ADA Newsletter- May 2018
Dear ADA members and Friends,
The month of May has been full of activities for ADA and its members right from intensifying national level activities on CSOs engagement in SDGs and VNR to the regional and global level activities. Many of you are preparing to join the High-Level political Forum in New York from 9-18 July, so stay tuned to get all updates here. Also, this month was celebrated as 25th Year anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights which took place between 14 and 25 June 1993 so let’s mark the occasion to be vocal about linking human rights with SDGs and share your national or regional experiences. We also hope to have a successful North Korea and the US summit happening in Singapore later in June this year which will initiate new avenues for the global peacebuilding process and a learning for many Asian states witnessing various disputes related to borders, arms, and ammunition, refugee crisis to name a few.
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Table of Contents
ADA and Members Activities
CSO partnership for implementing SDGs: Hanoi, Vietnam, 24 April 2018
Vienna +25 - Building Trust: Making Human Rights a Reality for All
Legitimacy, Accountability, and Transparency (LTA) Working group meeting: Tbilisi, Georgia, 30 May 2018
The affinity group of national associations (AGNA) AGM, Tbilisi, Georgia: 31-May – 1 June 2018
· Ombudsman Morales: 'Great countries need strong institutions, not strongmen'- http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/24/18/ombudsman-morales-great-countries-need-strong-institutions-not-strongmen
· Handbook for Preparation of Voluntary National Reviews – DESA and DSD.
· ADA Guidelines on CSO's Engagement in the VNR Process
For your Action
Voluntary National Review (VNR)
Draft Program for HLPF 2018 now available Please see the Draft programme for 2018 HLPF . This has been posted online athttps://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018.
Calling all SDG changemakers in Southeast Asia! Your support for the ASEAN MY World 2030.
On May 24, 2018, Research Center of Management and Sustainable Development (MSD) and Vietnam Institute of Leadership and Public Policy (ViLEAP) under Ho Chi Minh Academy of National Politics co-hosted a workshop on "CSO partnership for implementing SDGs". The workshop witnessed the representatives from the United Nations, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Asia Development Alliance (ADA
), Action Aid Vietnam, and over 120 participants from CSOs in Vietnam and other interested organizations and individuals.
The panelists discussed on CSOs contributions to SDGs in terms of their roles in achievement; challenges and enabling environment for CSOs
Ms. Akiko Fujii, UNDP Deputy Country Director said that CSOs can play many different roles such as participating in the planning process for achieving SDGs, providing direct services, mobilizing the community for achieving SDGs, monitoring SDG implementation and the national budget. Especially, CSOs help protects the rights of vulnerable groups, which ensures one out of 3 important principles of achieving SDGs - “Leaving no one behind”.
Ms. Nguyen Phuong Linh, Director of MSD, said that partnership results in sustainable development. CSOs are considered key partners - one of 3 pillars along with State and Private sectors to promote SDGs achievements. In fact, to be equal and equitable partners, there are still many challenges. “Development partners” have been overused to talk about a relationship that does not reflect an equitable accountable partnership based on mutual trust and respect. The main challenge for CSOs is the lack of sharing and method, power imbalance in the process of developing a partnership based on trust, respect and good practice in transparency and accountability. Vietnamese CSOs have been facing many challenges to reach the “power balance” and recognition from other partners. That’s such a long way for CSOs to complete their role recognition.
Ms. Nguyen Thanh Nga, Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) added that National Action Plan implementing the Agenda 2030 recognizes CSOs as development partners. CSOs has been active to achieve SDGs and National Action Plan under their functions, work areas as assigned in the Plan. MPI is also calling for the contribution of partners to the Voluntary National Report of Vietnam to be presented at the coming Summit Conference in New York (July 2018). In fact, many CSO stories are indicated in the Report of Vietnam, especially their effort for “Leaving no one behind”.
Participants actively shared their viewpoints at the workshop.
Earlier in the day, an inspiring exhibition introduced CSOs’ partnership models/ initiatives for achieving SDGs and MSD’s publications such as “Code of partnership: Vietnamese CSOs and Development Partners” and “Survey report on Vietnamese CSOs’ roles and contribution to achieving SDGs”.#MSDVietnam #17SDGs #CSOpartnership
Three Historic events of 'up and down' that took place on 24/25 May 2018 -coincidently but inter-connected and strategically planned
- Blowing up of tunnels at Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea
- Launching of UN SG's new agenda for disarmament
- Exchange of letters and twitters 'Fear and Jealousy' (NOT love and hate) between Trump and Kim of US-DPRK
ADA and its members also attended LTA working group meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia in order to strengthen the processes and building actions for the mobilization of national CSO platforms on these key issues. #AGNALTA #GAW2018
2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights which took place between 14 and 25 June 1993 and gathered more than 10,000 representatives of governments, the United Nations and the international civil society. The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA) adopted at the World Conference together are considered a landmark document for the promotion and protection of human rights, creating inter alia the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and his office (OHCHR).
On this occasion, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs together with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the City of Vienna, and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights organized a high-level expert conference on 22 and 23 May 2018 in Vienna. Federal Minister Dr. Karin Kneissl together with the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein opened the event.
The programme and the concept note are available here
The conference gathered independent human rights experts from civil society, academia and the private sector, youth, human rights defenders, representatives of the UN, regional/sub-regional/national/local human rights institutions as well as government representatives. Leading experts from all world regions were invited to discuss global trends such as digitalisation, demographic changes, urbanisation and climate change and their impact on human rights. The discussions at expert level were conducted in two working groups focusing on the following topics:Full report here
Full text of Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action VDPA of 1993http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/Vienna.aspx
The event was attended by ADA
and few partners in Vienna.
The affinity group of national associations (AGNA) AGM, Tbilisi, Georgia: 31-May – 1 June 2018
Meanwhile, ADA and some of its members (VANI, India, NGO Federation of Nepal) also attended AGNA annual general body meeting that held in Georgia. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss various issues like LTA, enabling environment for the CSOs, domestic resource mobilizations etc. The members discussed their own and AGNA potential opportunities and strength which would be key to make the network stronger.
- Voluntary common reporting guidelines for voluntary national reviews at the HLPF can be found here. They are an update to the annex of the 2015 Secretary-General’s Report on critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global level, A/70/684.
- NEPAL Sustainable Development Goals Status and Roadmap: 2016-2030: Read the full report here
- The 2016 CSO Sustainability Index for Asia: Read the full report here
CALL for submission of inputs to VNR presentations : Deadline is 18th of June!
The 2018 High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) will take place, under the auspices of ECOSOC, between 9 and 18 July 2018. The second week of the Forum will take place at the Ministerial Level, when 47 countries will make Voluntary National Reviews’ presentations, regarding their progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In accordance with A/RES/67/290, Major Groups and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to deliver short comments and ask key questions following each VNR presentation. In preparation please use the following form, that has been designed to allow the submission of inputs and suggestions from all those interested, including those that are not in attendance to the HLPF.
If you are interested to contribute, fill out the following form: https://bit.ly/2s7cn2b
Join NGO Major Group at the: HLPF 2018 / Video Campaign
It Is great to invite you to participate in this HLPF Video Campaign that aims to generate awareness about the HLPF process and the contributions from global civil society to achieve the prioritized SDGs. In order to send your videos you have to follow the next steps and recommendations, we will be receiving videos until june 15 and they will be posted in the NGO MG social media Registration and Funding for attending the HLPF 2018/Inscription au HLPF 2018
The DESA/OISC has just launched the registration process for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2018
. The meeting will be held from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.For more information on the forum, including the 47 countries that will be making their voluntary national presentations (VNRs), please see the following website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018
Registration is open for two categories
of NGOs to participate in the HLPF:
• Organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC (list
• Organizations on the CSD Roster (list
For those who do not have the status mentioned above, there are two options:
- Reach out to partner organizations that are accredited with ECOSOC and willing to register your organization under their umbrella;
- Reach out to MGoS focal points.
This year, the DESA/OISC is accepting Nominations to receive travel funding of a number of representatives of Major Groups and Other Stakeholders from developing VNR countries. The deadline for submitting the nomination form is 22 May 2018. The requirements are the following:
- The nominee must have dully registered and be accredited to attend the 2018 HLPF (https://bitly.com/HLPF2018)
- The nominee must possess a valid passport, be based in and directly engaging in processes related to the voluntary national review of one of the developing countries presenting this year:
- Bahamas, Benin, Bhutan, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Guinea, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Mali, Mexico, Namibia, Niger, Paraguay, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sri Lanka, State of Palestine, Sudan, Togo, Uruguay, Viet Nam
- The nominee must demonstrate her/his active role in processes related to the participation of stakeholders in the implementation and follow up of the 2030 Agenda.
- The nominee must be able to make all necessary visa arrangements (including transit visa, where applicable) to enter the United States. The United Nations is not able to assist with passports or visas;
- The nominee must commit to engage in preparatory work and to follow all the tasks as established in the Terms of Reference for this funding:
In 2018, 48 countries will be conducting voluntary national reviews at the HLPF. For more details, please click here.
- Agree to undertake consultations at the national level prior to the HLPF.
- Agree to actively participate in the HLPF preparatory work of major groups and other stakeholders, especially on actions related to the engagement with VNR countries.
- Commit to report back to stakeholders at the national level after the HLPF.
The following countries from Asia will be presenting their VNR in (10): Bahrain; Bhutan; Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Lebanon; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; Sri Lanka; United Arab Emirates; Vietnam
7 NOV 2017
A Global Preparatory Meeting in Support of the Review of SDG 7 at the 2018 High-level Political Forum
The UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, UNV Asia-Pacific together with the UN SDG Action Campaign are supporting the rollout of the ASEAN MY World 2030 survey, in partnership with the ASEAN Secretariat.
ASEAN MY World survey: With 4 simple questions, the survey is available at https://asean.myworld2030.org/
and translated in all ASEAN languages. A series of toolkits and other resources are also available online to build the capacities of individuals and organizations to raise awareness on SDGs in their communities. The analysis of the initial responses to the survey will be presented at the ASEAN-UNDP-China Symposium on SDG Localization, taking place in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on 20-21 August 2018 and during the Global Day of Action taking place on 25 September 2018. This initiative is of particular importance as these outreach and advocacy efforts will feed into the discussions ahead of the 2019 HLPF focused on “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.
SDG Youth Advocate: 25 young ASEAN MYWorld2030 Advocates will be selected to help raise awareness for the SDGs, collect citizen data and input using the ASEAN MY World 2030 survey and advocate for citizen engagement in the implementation of the SDGs. Feel free to share the call for applications among your networks: http://sdgactioncampaign.org/asean
, the deadline is 18 May 2018. They will benefit from a peer network, as well as guidance with a series of webinars to build their skills – such as community mobilization, outreach, social media and more
MY World Partner: Note UN and CSO/youth organizations alike can become official MYWorld2030 partner by registering here: http://about.myworld2030.org/partners/
. You can access online resources and toolkits, be informed about upcoming events & webinars, and more! Provided you register, you can even create/compile SDG-related data and create SDG visuals (all open source), which can be filtered based on your own organization (with your partner ID), country, age bracket, gender, disability status, and of course SDG.
If you would like to help spread the word, there is a dedicated Social media package and Trello board with relevant draft social media content and hashtags (#Act4SDGs
). If you have any questions, feel free to contact email@example.com
|Jan. 22-24||Busan, South Korea||Busan Democracy Forum (BuDF) on SDG 16+, Korea|
|Jan. 24||Busan, South Korea||ADA Annual Members’ Meeting|
|Feb.|| || |
|March.||Bonn, Germany||Global Festival of Ideas (GFI) 2, many|
|March 25-27||Bangkok||Asia Pacific People’s Forum on Sustainable Development|
|March 28-30||Bangkok||UNESCAP Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)|
|April 26-27||Vientiane||National CSO consultation on the VNR Process|
|April 26||Colombo||National CSO consultation on Voluntary people’s Review|
|May -6||Manila||ADB Annual Meeting-51|
|July 9-18||New York,||HLPF-6 (SDG 6,7,11,12,15 and 17)|
|July 16-18||New York||HLPF Voluntary National Review (VNR)-3|
Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, Bhutan, Sri Lanka
|Aug.|| ||GALA Training on Linking Human Rights with Development|
|Sept.||New York||UN General Assembly-7|
|Sept. 25|| ||3rd Anniversary of UN SDGs Adoption|
|Oct.|| ||UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Knowledge Exchange (RKE)-2|
|Oct.–Nov.|| ||UNESCAP Sub-regional Multi-stake Holders (MSH) Forum-2|
| ||Northeast Asia|
| ||Southeast Asia|
| ||South and Southwest Asia|
| ||Central Asia|
| ||South Pacific|
|Nov.||Singapore||ASEAN, ASEAN+ and East Asia Summit|
|Dec. 3-14||Poland||UNFCCC COP-24|
|Nov. 30 – Dec.1||Buenos Aires, Argentina||G20 Summit|
|Dec.|| ||International Civil Society Week (ICSW), CIVICUS|
- ADA's official website has been renewed. All the information related to the implementation of SDGs in Asia and actions conducted by Asian CSOs will be accumulated on this website. Please visit www.ada2030.org
- ADA's Facebook page has been activated! The page will channel useful information among civil society actors in Asia. Feel free to tag @Asia Development Alliance in future collaboration. The page is accessible with this web address: https://www.facebook.com/ada2030/