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Civil Society Organization Forum
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ

Special event

The CSO Forum will take place on 24 September 2019 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM in Conference Room 4 at UN Headquarters in New York.

The Civil Society SDG Forum aims to create a space for constructive and propositional dialogue between civil society and UN Member States, international organizations and other related constituencies on the possible responses to the challenges exposed by the first four years of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While the dialogue will be based on civil society’s systemic analysis and proposed pathways to tackle multidimensional inequalities and resolve the intertwined climate, social, economic and political challenges, it is expected to promote honest dialogue with key representatives of Member States and other institutions on key strategies to move the agenda forward. The event will feature a dynamic and open format that would allow opportunities for frank exchange among those present. The Forum will be facilitated by the civil society constituencies of the HLPF Major Group and other Stakeholders Coordination Mechanism (MGoS), under the overall coordination of the HLPF MGoS Steering Group (SG) and will explore possible elements of dialogue with the two other Fora taking place in the context of the SDG Summit.


The Forum will be composed of three segments:

  1. Systemic analysis for the current state of implementation:
  • Systemic obstacles to progress that require attention by the international community
  • Policy nexuses that help reframing the nature and interconnection of development challenges
  1. Key proposals to unlock progress:
  • Key policy proposals and pathways that require international cooperation
  • Key programmes and actions that can help moving the agenda forward
  1. Institutional arrangements that can facilitate implementation:
  • Rethinking institutional arrangements at multiple levels
  • Re-imagining the Follow-up & Review process of the 2030 Agenda, including the HLPF

Access to the UN

Access to UN Headquarters will be restricted during the UNGA high-level week. All UN Grounds Passes for ECOSOC-accredited NGOs will be suspended from 23 September to 1 October and will not be valid for participating at the CSO Forum.

In order to access the UN building, all representatives of the Major Groups and other Stakeholders will require a Special Event Ticket (SET) for the CSO Forum.

The Special Event Ticket will include the name of the participant, as well as the date, time and location of the CSO Forum. The Special Event Ticket will only be valid from 1-hour before the event displayed on the Special Event Ticket, to 1-hour after.

The Special Event Ticket will not grant access to other Summits, High-Level Meetings or Fora taking place at UN Headquarters during the same period.


To apply for a Special Event Ticket for the CSO Forum, a registration process was opened from 29 August 2019 to 8 September 2019. Approval emails have been sent to successful registrants.


The CSO Forum will be webcast live at:

MGoS HLPF Coordination Mechanism Mailing List

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For any queries, please write to

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