NGO Major Group

The COVID-19 global pandemic intensifies the need for accelerated and united action from all stakeholders. In this unique moment in history, we clearly see how nations, livelihoods, health and safety are intrinsically and inevitably interconnected. We also see what is possible when people unite, and we see the dire consequences when profit or nationalism is put before people and planet. To achieve Agenda 2030, we must prioritize transformative pathways as we work together to save lives and forge inclusive paths forward.

In examining how NGOs are accelerating action and forging pathways for transformation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we see a multitude of examples of inclusion and stakeholder engagement. Within the vibrant ecosystems of local, national, regional and international NGOs, lessons can be learned about programming, context, impact, and mutually beneficial outcomes. It is furthermore essential that emergency measures should not stifle independent voices, but instead must enable communities to raise their concerns and identify their own solutions.

Through the lens of the GSDR entry points, NGOs provided inputs from their unique perspectives. While that work can be identified within each of the multi-target pathways of the GSDR, more often the work and impact of NGOs cross the lines and show again the interlinked nature of sustainable development. An action that might begin in a pathway of strengthening human well-being and capabilities may positively impact the global environmental commons. A program that supports shifting to sustainable and just economies may be built on a theory of change that involves sustainable food systems. Indeed, the most impactful actions were multidisciplinary and interlinked, blurring the boundaries of sectors and silo-ed strategies.

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