”CSOs need to share experiences across Europe for successful stories and best practices”, and we are fully on-board with this reflection input that resulted after the Civil Society Forum Session, within the International Conference on Agenda 2030: Partnerships for Sustainable Development.

The Conference took place on the 16th of April 2019, at the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania, and it was organised by the Department of Sustainable Development and the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It reunited over 250 representatives from the European Union, Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership and Central Asia, responsible of coordinating and implementing the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

FOND Romania was involved in the organisation of this event by facilitating the Civil Society Forum Session, with the main purpose of bringing into spotlight the role of the civil society, in implementing and monitoring the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at both national and European level, by emphasizing the importance of partnerships for development and cooperation (reflected in the SDG no. 17).

Working Groups

Number of Participants

Recommendations for decision-makers

The format of the session was an interactive one, providing an open space for reflection, exchange of experiences, best practices and challenges on specific issues (discussed in 7 Parallel Thematic Working Groups), within the framework of the 2030 Agenda.

The final recommendations of the working groups were presented in the Closing Plenary Session of the conference by FOND Romania’s President, Ștefan Cibian.

The conference proved to be another great opportunity for the EU Presidency Project trio partners to greet and share the latest news.

And because we are swiftly turning on the Finnish Presidency at the EU Council from the 1st of July onward, we took this opportunity to discuss with Jussi Kanner (Fingo’s advocacy expert) about Fingo’s priorities for the EU Presidency.

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