Mabel Bianco, member of the Women’s Major Group, sought to answer 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. Her findings are compiled into a report entitled “Governments and Civil Society Association for National Reviews”.

“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.

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