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Civil society as a driver for change towards sustainable societies

Models empowering civil society



18 July, 6.15 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

UN Conference building, Conference room 11




Chair and moderator Brenda King, Chief Executive, African and Caribbean Diversity, Presid ent of the Sustainable Development Observatory, EESC Member


Opening Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission




  • Deirdre de Burca, Advocacy Co-ordinator with the International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP), member of the Steering group of SDG Watch Euro - Presentation of SDG Watch Europe as a successful case of CSO self-organisation
  • Joan Lanfranco, Advocacy Officer, Trade Union Development Cooperation Network, International Trade Union Confederation (TUDCN-ITUC) - Presentation of the ITUC SDG engagement strategy
  • Rebecca Malay, AVP and Director for Advocacy and Development Cooperation, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement - Presentation of a successful model from another world region
  • Lutz Ribbe, Director at Euronatur Foundation, EESC Member - Bottom-up approach and coalition building, example climate policy


Debate with participants


Closings remarks



Isabel Caño Aguilar, General Union of Workers (UGT) Spain, EESC Member