©: Climate march in Montevideo (Uruguay), March 2019 – ©Inés Pousadela 

Civil Society activists come together to call for significant actions from governments on inequality, climate and social justice

Organized early July, the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development 2019 was the occasion for civil society organizations and activists to call for this international summit to be reviewed and adjusted in the interests of promoting greater multi-stakeholder. 

The global network empowering civil society for effective social change Forus will pursue its mobilization in New York during the Global Week of Action on Peace, Climate and Inequality. From the 21st to 27th of September 2019, Forus gathering 69 National NGO Platforms and 7 Regional Coalitions from all around the world and civil society organizations partners will be calling heads of state for a genuine commitment to take action in order to live up to the ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.

"#StandTogetherNow for a Just, Peaceful & Sustainable World"

Despite the ratification of several historic agreements since 2015 and at a critical turning point in September 2019 during which state leaders will review the High-level Political Forum, Forus & civil society partners are pursuing their fights and engagements for the review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. 

Indeed, together with 69 National NGO Platforms and 7 Regional Coalitions from all around the world, and as a diverse global network of civil society organisations, Forus work to build a common agenda to create open, tolerant and inclusive societies empowering civic participation for social and ecological justice. 

In this sense, Forus and other peer Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will stand together end of September with rising social movements, such as those led by women and young people to advocate for rights to voice, equality, climate and environmental justice and practical actions towards greater accountability and fairer implementation worldwide of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Cross borders civil actions to ensure to Leave No One Behind

From 21 to 27 September 2019, CSOs activists will call all over the world on governments to guarantee the right to freedoms of expression, association and assembly and to ensure inclusion and participation for all; freely in all levels of decision-making processes without fear of violence or intimidation. Civil society activists will also call states actors to commit to reduction of military budgets in order to fund climate and environmental protection and fight against poverty, hunger and inequality. 

Forus members as ADA (Asia Development Alliance), INFID (International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development), HAND (Hungarian Association of NGOs for Development and Humanitarian Aid) and JANIC (Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation) will join their forces during this global mobilization to coerce governments to commit on their promise to ‘Leave No One Behind’.

A global mobilization will be held in New York during this week, but local and national mobilisations will be lead in solidarity such as in Bouransa, Congo Brazzaville with a mobilization to raise awareness of violence against women in the region (SDG1, SDG2, SDG3), in Vadodara, India with civil actions to fight against bribe corruption to get water and sanitation and domestic electrical connection (SDG 6), in Asuncion, Paraguay where an awareness campaign on sustainable food and climate change issues will be organized (SDG1, SDG2, SDG10, SDG13), and in Ireland and France where a group of cyclists will deliver from Dublin to Paris the Political Declaration of the SDGs Summit to citizens and officials in both while promoting the promise to “Leave No One Behind” and the 2030 Agenda in public space (all SGDs). 

September 21-27: A Global Week of Action dedicated to Peace, Climate and Inequality

During this Global Week of Action, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) such as Forus, Action for Sustainable Development; ACT Alliance; ActionAid; Amnesty International; CAN; CIVICUS; CPDE; GCAP; Oxfam; and Restless Development planned a joint mobilisation in over 30 countries to demonstrate the strength of civil society voices, including the Fridays for Future school strike on Friday 20 and Global Climate Strike on 27 September.

The week of September 21-27 includes the following key events: 

• Sep 21: UN International Day for Peace; 

• Sep 23: UN Climate Summit; 

• Sep 24-25: Summit on SDGs; 

• Sep 24-25: People’s Assembly;

• Sep 26: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. 

Parallel to the SDG Summit, the People’s Assembly will bring together people’s representatives and civil society from around the world to share stories of grassroots and marginalized people. The participants will strategize on how to reclaim the civic space and be a space for all to jointly reflect, act and plan for common future actions to create systemic change to implement sustainably the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement.

The main themes of the People’s Assembly will be:

1. Civic Space (Voice) 

2. Inequalities Climate 

3. Environmental Justice

The objectives of the People’s Assembly will be to:

1. Bring the “People’s Voices” to the fore at the SDG Summit

2. Strategize to reclaim civil society space

3. Discuss the implementation of Agenda 2030 and make recommendations for a stronger accountability mechanism

4. Strengthen the cooperation with various CSO networks for civil society actions and people’s movement

Join Forus and Civil Society partners for a joint civil Week of Action on 21-27 September! #StandTogetherNow