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July 13, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM (CEST)

UN High Level Political Forum Side Event: Civil Society’s Role in Promoting Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

This event is over. Watch the recording in English below or in Spanish on our YouTube channel.

This virtual side event at the High-level Political Forum was hosted by DCAF and the Costa Rican Permanent Mission to the UN to highlight the important role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in implementing SDG16, and in holding their governments accountable for their commitments to SDG16 and the wider 2030 Agenda.

SDG16 highlights that security is an enabler of development and that good governance principles are imperative for the achievement of this goal, which has an enabling effect on other goals, such as Goals 5, 11 and 13. CSOs are an important channel through which citizens can participate in the development of public policies concerning the security sector. CSOs can contribute to security sector governance in five ways: awareness raising; advocacy; monitoring and public oversight; fact-finding, research and analysis; and service provision.

At this HLPF side event, members of civil society organizations from three countries (Mexico, South Africa, and the Philippines) showcased how they have directly contributed to SDG16 and promoted more peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

Opening Remarks 
•    Ambassador Rodrigo Carazo, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations
•    Ambassador Thomas Guerber, Director of DCAF
•    Mr. Lex Gerts,Deputy Director of the Department for Stabilization and Humanitarian Aid, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
•    Louise Edwards, Director of Programmes and Research, African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), South Africa
•    Teresita Quintos Deles, Founding Trustee of INCITEgov, the Philippines
•    Danae Peña, Co-Programs Director, Centro de Colaboración Cívica (CCC), Mexico, representing GPPAC-North America
•    Alexandra Preperier, Research Assistant, DCAF
William McDermott, Project Coordinator, DCAF

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Spanish.