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The Role of Civil Society in Contributing to Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

Together with DCAF and the Costa Rican Permanent Mission to the United Nations, we are hosting a side-event at the HLPF to highlight the role that civil society organizations (CSOs) can play in implementing SDG16, and holding their governments accountable for their commitments to SDG16 and the wider 2030 Agenda.

SDG16 highlights that security is an enabler of development and that good governance principles are imperative for the achievement of this goal. CSOs are an important channel through which citizens can participate in the development of public policies concerning the security sector. CSOs can contribute to security sector governance in five ways: awareness raising; advocacy; monitoring and public oversight; fact-finding, research and analysis; and service provision.

At this HLPF side event, members of civil society from three countries: Costa Rica, Mexico and South Africa will showcase the ways in which they have directly contributed to SDG16 and promoted more peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

Opening Remarks 
•    Ambassador Rodrigo Carazo, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations
•    Ambassador Thomas Guerber, Director of DCAF
•    Louise Edwards, Director of Programmes and Research, African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), South Africa
•    Representative of Center for Civic Collaboration (CCC), Mexico
•    Representative of Civil Society Organization in Costa Rica (TBC)
•    Alexandra Preperier, Research Assistant, DCAF
William McDermott, Project Coordinator, DCAF

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Spanish. 


To register for this virtual event, click here