An enabling environment for CSOs to be able to fully participate in dialogues or meetings, develop their capacities further, and exercise their fundamental rights, is necessary in achieving a “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and the Pacific”.
Therefore, Reality of Aid - Asia Pacific (RoA-AP), CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness -Asia (CPDE Asia), and the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) will hold a side event during the UNESCAP Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) 2021 that aims to unpack the following discussion points:
1. What have been the attacks or threats to CSOs amid national pandemic responses and how is the lack of an enabling environment facilitating or aggravating such attacks?
2. Why is SDG 17 Partnership for the Goals relevant in COVID-19 pandemic recovery and resiliency? What is the role of CSOs in fulfilling SDG 17? How will SDG 17 support an enabling environment for CSOs, especially in developing countries where authoritarian regimes erode democratic practices and spaces?
3. How did CSOs demonstrate sustainability and resiliency amid the pandemic? What are the prospects for CSO sustainability and resiliency moving forward?
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