From 25 – 26 March, 2017, the United Nations hosted a meeting with Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) to explore how to improve participation of all stakeholders in SDG National Voluntary Reviews. Our Council member from the Americas, Elena dal Bo, participated and presented at the meeting. The meeting brought together representatives from all of the Major Groups and other Stakeholders. The 2030 Agenda commits states parties to including MGoS in follow-up and reviews processes.
Elena and the representatives of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities highlighted the need for MGoS to be inclusive of persons with disabilities and their families and for the provision of information in plain language. An outcome of one group discussion was the need to promote relationships among MGoS so we can learn from each other and have common positions whenever possible.