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GANHRI publishes third report on ‘Space for Civil Society in SDG Implementation’


July 2018 - On the occasion of this year’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), taking place in New York from 9 – 18 July, GANHRI has published its third background paper to draw attention to the changing operating environments for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and civil society in the context of sustainable development.

The report highlights the crucial role NHRIs and civil society play for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It shows that even in countries where civil society still operates in an enabling environment, it faces numerous challenges on the variety of levels. Especially worrying are the increasing hostility and threats against independent media and journalists in the majority of countries covered in the report. The same trends that affect or restrict the space for civil society organisations (CSOs) also have an adverse impact on the activities of the media and/ or NHRIs.

To inform the report, GANHRI conducted a survey among those NHRIs, whose countries volunteered to be reviewed on their progress on SDG implementation during this year’s HLPF, including Albania, Australia, Colombia, Greece, Egypt, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania.

GANHRI will continue to report about the general development concerning the space of civil society actors and NHRIs, and also about positive and negative trends in their participation in the implementation and follow-up on the SDGs at the national level.


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GANHRI HLPF2018 civil society space and SDG implementation_final.pdf    
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