Civil society as a driver for change towards sustainable societies - Models empowering civil society


  • Chair and moderator Brenda King, Chief Executive, African and Caribbean Diversity, President 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
18 July, 6.15 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
UN Conference building, Conference room 11