Council Event

VNR Lab 8 - The role of multi-stakeholder advisory bodies in VNR processes and their potential to accelerate SDG delivery

Hosted by the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)

Date: 12th July 8:00 – 9:00 am EST in New York, Conference Room 11 in the UN Building
Language: English

Abstract: This VNR Lab will focus on various national stakeholder engagement formats for delivering the 2030 Agenda and contributing to VNR drafting processes with society as a whole. These formats can often constitute central components of national governance architectures and are highly context dependent. They therefore vary accordingly in their set-up, mandate, and role. If institutionalized as multi-stakeholder advisory bodies, they can support navigating the complex challenges in times of multiple crises and transformation. With insights from various countries, we will debate the following key questions:

  • How can VNR stakeholder engagement processes be translated into permanent national multi-stakeholder institutions and vice versa?
  • What prerequisites are needed for permanent and inclusive multi-stakeholder engagement formats?
  • How can established stakeholder structures support the acceleration of SDG delivery, by e.g., creating momentum for national SDG strategies and progress in their implementation?

Institutionalized multi-stakeholder engagement platforms, in one form or another, hold the potential of facilitating the mediation of conflicting interests, building consensus across stakeholders to achieve joint positions, and thereby developing solutions accepted by society as a whole. During this VNR-Lab, we will debate these assumptions and questions based on insights from countries and their 2022 VNR stakeholder engagement processes. Moreover, we will also look back at VNR engagement processes from countries that presented their VNR in 2021 and discuss where they stand today, in order to prepare for future VNR drafting processes.

Format: VNR Labs at the HLPF in New York are a lively space for open debates and interaction on concrete observations around VNR drafting processes. It is aspired to have inputs that are in concert with each other. Two countries will share their insights in a dialogic format between government and civil society, hereafter a panel debate on key statements across all countries will take place.

Tentative Agenda:

’00 Welcoming remarks

  • Dr. Ingolf Dietrich, Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

’10 Ghana’s 2022 VNR: Multi-stakeholder engagement and national policy cycles

  • Dr. Felix Addo-Yobo, Deputy Head/Special Advisor, SDGs Advisory Unit, Office of the President, Ghana
  • Kwadwo Oteng Owusu, National Coordinator of the Ghana Civil Society Organisations Platform on the SDGs, Ghana

’20 Senegal’s 2022 VNR: Multi-stakeholder engagement and national policy cycles

  • Member of the Delegation, Senegal (tbc)
  • Salimata Bocoum, Member of the Council of Non-Governmental Development Organizations (CONGAD), Senegal

’30 Discussion with further insights on stakeholder engagement processes at national, as well as local level to ensure timely delivery of the 2030 Agenda

  • Carlos Applewhaite, Development Analyst, Planning Institute of Jamaica
  • Orville Levy, Co-Chair of National Youth Advisory Council, Jamaica

’57 Concluding remarks

Moderation: Dr. Marianne Beisheim (SWP) and Felix Meyerhoff (RNE)


Flyer: Agenda VNR Lab 8

The role of multistakeholder advisory bodies in VNR processes and their potential to accelerate SDG delivery