The International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP) is a member-led network of 64 national NGO platforms and 6 regional coalitions from all continents representing over 22,000 NGOs active locally and internationally on development, human rights and environment issues. The IFP has been engaging within the international community on the setting and negotiation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda from its beginning.

Ahead of the High Level Political Forum to be held in July 2016, the IFP has built with its constituency the following statement on the key building blocks of a successful implementation of the SDGs agenda. This IFP’s declaration is based on the political analyses of IFP’s members at national and regional levels.

Once more, the International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP) welcomes the new international Agenda of Sustainable Development Goals, as it embodies a collective willingness of the countries of the globe for a more progressive, inclusive, human rights driven and women sensitive agenda. In comparison with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we believe this Agenda is more transformative, aiming at being universal and more coherent.

Although the level of ambition should have been higher, this agenda is positively starting to touch upon the root causes of inequality, poverty, climate change, human discriminations and social exclusions. This has been achieved due to the more inclusive and participatory process for the definition of the SDGs.

During the next phase, threats to the effective implementation of the SGDs remain. Will there be the required change from “business as usual” to actually ensure that the SDGs are a transformational agenda? Will national policies reflect the SDGs? These uncertainties make it vital that people and civil society voices remain at the core during the entire implementation stage of the 2030 Agenda… more