Spotlight Report 2017

Reclaiming policies for the public: Privatization, partnerships, corporate capture and their impact on sustainability and inequality – assessments and alternatives

Conversation with authors of the Civil Society Report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017

18 July 2017, 1:15-2:45pm, Baha’i International Community, Suite 120 (first floor),866 UN Plaza, New York.

A global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions present the Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017 report. The report provides a comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The 2017 edition focuses on privatization, partnerships, corporate capture and the impact they have on sustainability and inequality. The articles and textboxes cover all sectors of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. According to the report, it is time to counter privatization trends, reclaim public policy space and take bold measures to strengthen public finance, regulate or reject PPPs, and weaken the grip of corporate power on people’s lives. These are indispensable prerequisites to achieve the SDGs and to turn the vision of the transformation of our world, as proclaimed in the title of the 2030 Agenda, into reality.

At the roundtable event authors of the Spotlight Report will present key findings and recommendations to participants for discussion.

Speakers include Barbara Adams/Jens Martens (Global Policy Forum), Roberto Bissio (Social Watch), Ziad Abdel Samad (Arab NGO Network for Development), Corina Rodríguez Enríquez (DAWN), Chee Yoke Ling (Third World Network), Kate Donald (CESR), Stefano Prato (SID), Sandra Vermuyten (PSI).

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SDG-implementation: How are governments doing their part?

18 July 2017, 11:15am-1:00pm, Baha’i International Community, Suite 120 (first floor),866 UN Plaza, New York.

Alternative “shadow” reporting is a well-established tool of civil society to hold governments accountable to their commitments. A number of CSOs have prepared shadow or spotlight reports to follow-up on their governments efforts to implement the 2030-Agenda. Stalled, or slipping back, is the theme that appears in many of the contributions. Natural and un-natural disasters, some of them of catastrophic proportions, appear again and again not just as an obstacle to faster progress towards the agreed goals, but in fact setting the clock back. Part of the reason for lack of progress has to do with an over-reliance on public-private partnerships, urged by the World Bank as a way to finance implementation of the SDGs.

Come join the authors of national shadow reports in a conversation about their experiences.

The event aims to:

  • share experiences of CSO shadow reports on national implementation; and
  • engage government and CSO-representatives in a discussion on national implementation, CSO participation and accountability.


Roberto Bissio (Social Watch), Rene Raya (Social Watch Philippines), Anna-Stiina Lundqvist (KEPA, Finland), Ziad Abdel Samad (Arab NGO Network for Development, Lebanon), Markéta Mottlová (Social Watch Czech Republic), Wolfgang Obenland (Global Policy Forum, Germany), Chee Yoke Ling (Third World Network, Malaysia), Iara Pietricovsky de Oliveira (INESC, Brazil), Geneviéve Tardieu (ATD-Fourth World, France)

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As space for this side event is limited, we kindly ask you to RSVP by 14 July 2017 to