Stakeholder engagement and inclusion of those furthest behind are key principles of the 2030 Agenda. The involvement of civil society organizations representing marginalized groups is necessary to ensure progress on the SDGs and to guarantee that no one is left behind. However, global trends of shrinking space limit the participation of many stakeholders, both in national and global review processes. In addition, the inclusion of marginalized groups that take place in official processes tend to become superficial and tokenistic. What could meaningful engagement look like? What methods can be applied and what are the pitfalls to avoid? Initial presentations will be followed by group discussions where participants share experiences and brainstorm on strategies for meaningful engagement. Two speakers will share their experiences of methods for including marginalized voices in the processes that follow-up on the 2030 Agenda, at the national and global levels.
- Reynald Maeda, Secretary General of UNA Tanzania
- Micah Grzywnowicz, International Advocacy Advisor at RFSL