ATD Fourth World was proud to be co-convener on a ‘Strengthening Accountability through Collaboration in National Voluntary Reviews: Partners for Review’ an informal breakfast dialogue at the U.N. with the Bahá’í International Community, Regions Refocus, and the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations on January the 26th 2017.
A diverse group of stakeholders attended a working breakfast to discuss key issues related to connecting Agenda 2030 to national voluntary reviews. In contrast to the 22 national voluntary presentations last year, this year there will be 43. The event kicked off with opening remarks by H.E. Mr. Jürgen Schulz the Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations and Ms. Anita Nayar, Director of Regions Refocus. It was moderated by Mr. Serik Tokbolat, Representative to the UN for Bahá’í International Community.
The key highlights of the discussion were as follows:
- Every country has unique challenges, and National Voluntary Reviews could serve as a space to address these challenges.
- The 10 minute presentation of national voluntary reviews at the HLPF should be one more step in a process of participatory monitoring and review.
- The participation of traditionally excluded, impoverished and marginalized people in reviewing progress at national and local level is integral.
- The key challenge will be in inclusion of civil society in this process. Even though the commitment to Agenda 2030 is strong its implementation challenge is in implementation.
- An honest review needs serious tracking process and need to measure the progress made or not made, this is priority for the German government’s political agenda
- Germany has launched the “Partners for Review Process” — comprehensive platform for continued dialogue. One meeting took place in November. A second meeting will likely take place this spring. The objectives of Partners for Review:
- Global partnership
- Platform to provide space to facilitate learning and exchange insights
- Network to build up, mobilize, and share expertise on new and emerging issues
- Global partnership
The dialogue ended with affinity and agreement that collaboration is the best approach to make the National Voluntary Reviews a success.