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Civil Society Roles in Implementing the 2030 Agenda in the Philippines

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The 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development, comprised by 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was adopted in 2015 and the implementation is just starting as individual nations prepare action plans to achieve the goals. The 2030 Agenda declaration calls for the SDGs to be achieved through collective efforts between a wide range of stakeholders, including governments, the private sector and civil society.

In particular, SDG #16 is to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.” Civil society has important roles to play in achieving the governance targets under this SDG.

The Philippines has a vibrant and well-developed civil society and private sector that have traditionally constructively engaged with the government. The Philippines is also a founding member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) whose central feature is partnership between the civil society and the government. Thus the Filipino civil society, private sector and the government are uniquely positioned to be world leaders in showing collective effort models in implementing the 2030 Agenda. This is particularly the case for achieving the SDG#16 targets given the extensive roles civil society and private sector have played in the past in improving governance and promoting peace in the Philippines.

In this context this event will discuss the roles played by the civil society in the Philippines in fulfillment of MDGs as well as the OGP and some of the lessons relevant to implementation of the 2030 Agenda overall and the governance improvement targets in the SDG #16.The panelists will discuss these issues based on their experiences and analytical work.

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SEMINAR AGENDA

I. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 2030 AGENDA (SEE CIVIL SOCIETY & DEVELOPMENT: GLOBAL TRENDS, IMPLICATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STAKEHOLDERS IN THE 2030 AGENDA)
MR. RICHARD STERN, PRESIDENT, PARTNERSHIP FOR TRANSPARENCY FUND

II. KEYNOTE REMARKS: CIVIL SOCIETY ROLES AND CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES DEVELOPMENT
MS. DINKY SOLIMAN, FORMER SECRETARY OF DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT (DSWD), GOVERNMENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

III. PTF PRESENTATION: LESSONS FROM HELPING CIVIL SOCIETY FIGHT CORRUPTION IN THE PHILIPPINES (SEE A DECADE OF HELPING CIVIL SOCIETY FIGHT CORRUPTION IN THE PHILIPPINES: RESULTS AND LESSONS)
MR. VINAY BHARGAVA, CHIEF TECHNICAL ADVISER, PTF

IV. DISCUSSION OF THE OGP’S EXPERIENCE IN THE PHILIPPINES
MR. SANJAY PRADHAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, OGP – TBC

V. OPEN DISCUSSION
MS. TERESITA “GING” QUINTOS DELES, PEACEMAKER AND SECURITY SECTOR REFORM PROPONENT, CIVIL SOCIETY CATALYST, WOMEN EMPOWERMENT EXECUTIVE, AND CITIZENS’ AGENDA ADVOCATE

MR. RICHARD STERN, PRESIDENT, PTF

MS. DINKY SOLIMAN, FORMER SECRETARY OF DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT (DSWD), GOVERNMENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

MR. VINAY BHARGAVA, CHIEF TECHNICAL ADVISER, PTF

MR. SANJAY PRADHAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, OGP – TBC

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