Civil Society Organizations in Lebanon and SDGs

The sustainable development goals also known as SDGs are goals that were put by the United Nations Members state in 2015 as a plan of peace and prosperity to reach by 2030. The 2030 agenda was put as a universal plan to be worked on and applied to all countries in order to strengthen the societies from different aspects. There are 17 goals in the SDGs each targeting a cause; to its date there are 169 targets, 3040 events, 178 publications and 5419 actions.

 

As part of the national process to implement the SDGs, in June 2017 the Council of Ministers issued Decree 69 that established an inter-ministerial national committee for enhanced coordination. There are two civil society representatives on the committee (Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development and Caritas Lebanon). Late in 2017 the Lebanese Government has organized several workshops and meetings that demonstrate it is strongly committed to engaging all stakeholders in implementing the SDGs, and hearing their visions, priorities, challenges and needs so that no-one will be left out of Lebanon’s SDG strategy.

The Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development and Caritas Lebanon consulted with over 300 representative CSOs across Lebanon on the VNR. The purpose of the consultation was to raise civil society awareness of the VNR and High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nations process, Agenda 2030 and the SDGs; to drafting a contribution to the VNR by civil society stakeholders and present it to the national committee; and to define an inclusive process through which civil society actors could engage in the implementation of Agenda 2030, monitor the progress of the SDGs and support the national committee through its two CSO representatives.

The following are the 17 Goals:

1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
13: Take urgent actions to combat climate change and its impacts
14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage
forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies doe sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development