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From words to action: Why inclusivity matters for SDG implementation in fragile and conflict-affected countries, Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development, 21-23 March 2018, Bonn, Germany
21 Mar 2018 -  The principle of inclusivity is vital to delivering the SDGs in societies affected by conflict and fragility. The meaningful involvement of civil society holds a pivotal key to ensuring whole-of-society ownership and implementation of the transformative SDGs. Tension arises when country-owned and country-led processes used to identify and decide on peacebuilding strategies are not inclusive nor transparent – leaving certain communities or segments of the population to feel that their interests are not being taken into consideration. There is strong evidence that locally owned peacebuilding processes in Fragile and Conflict Affected States have the best chance to succeed.

Yet while a consensus around the need for greater inclusivity in the design and implementation of policy has emerged in recent years, unique challenges remain in contexts affected by conflict and fragility. The discussion will bring together representatives from government, civil society and international partners to analyze the challenges and opportunities encountered by civil society in SDG related policy-making and implementation in conflict-affected countries. Panelist will further provide recommendations on how international actors can improve the chances of supporting inclusive processes in the implementation of the SDGs using experience of the New Deal implementation. The session will also review new evidence why decisive action is needed for anchoring inclusive processes as part of the localization of the 2030 Agenda in fragile and conflict-affected states.
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