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
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.