HLPF 2016: Were the National Reports Inclusive of and Accessible to Civil Society?

Participation should not be superficial, and consultation should not be misunderstood by agreement.” In order to promote meaningful participation, Civil Society needs to be incorporated into the process of preparation of the National Reports since the very beginning… However, we noticed that in most countries Civil Society groups were invited at the last minute when the report was almost finished or reaching its final stages of preparation.


Mabel Bianco (FEIM), sought to answer on behalf of the Women’s Major group this question, by distributing a survey regarding the participation of Civil Society in the creation and follow-up of the 22 National Reviews at the 2016 High-level Political Forum, held in New York, at the UNHQ. Her findings are compiled into a report entitled “Governments and Civil Society Association for National Reviews”.

Download the report here.