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2020 High-Level-Political-Forum: What is in it for Local Peacebuilders?

The 2020 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) will take place in a virtual format from 7-16 July 2020. This year’s theme is ‘’Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development". As in previous years, GPPAC will use this momentum to share local voices and expertise on sustainable development. 

What is the 2020 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)?

The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is the global platform on mobilising action on sustainable development. It plays a key role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the national level.

The HLPF aims to

  • facilitate the sharing of experiences,
  • track progress, achievements and challenges in the SDG implementation,
  • address new and emerging issues, 
  • provide a platform for partnerships.

How can local peacebuilders engage in the 2020 HLPF?

In GPPAC’s past experiences launching country reports from Ghana and Cameroon and engaging in the process, the HLPF has proven to be an effective platform for capacity-building, including learning about the potential of #SDGs as a policy framework and experience exchange; dialogue with national and multilateral actors, including by sharing voices and expertise at the local level; and movement building, including by amplifying peacebuilding messaging and building partnerships to advance the change.

What is GPPAC doing for the 2020 HLPF?

#SDGs4Peace Campaign: Every Goal is a #PeaceGoal

Saturday 4 July marks the launch of GPPAC’s #SDGs4Peace Campaign. Each day, GPPAC will post visuals, linking the work of our network to each and every Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

Take part through following @GPPAC, and share, like and comment to amplify our joint commitment to build peace and call upon the international community to accelerate a bottom-up, people-centred realisation of #SDGs and mobilise the power of #community.

Online Roundtable Discussion: Building Infrastructures for Peace in Africa

GPPAC members from Uganda, Cameroon, and Ghana and partners will discuss good practices in building strong and inclusive national capacities for peace and development in Africa, how to replicate them in other contexts and outline for further improvement for infrastructures for peace. Read more about the discussion and how to RSVP here.

In 2020, all engagement will happen in a virtual format. This adds an additional advantage for local peacebuilders to gain more visibility in processes. While we recognise that digital gaps remain and limit participation, especially for women and peacebuilders in remote areas, the virtual engagement offers a unique opportunity to bring in more stakeholders to have an impactful conversation.

Why would you be interested to engage?

As a local peacebuilder, you can benefit from engaging in the HLPF because it provides an opportunity for you to:

  • Mobilise national commitment to  peacebuilding and conflict prevention;
  • Bring attention to unique drivers of violence and fragility in your community; 
  • Increase the visibility of your work and engage in a dialogue with critical stakeholders;
  • Understand the current priorities of relevant stakeholders to support stakeholder mapping and learn from other peacebuilding approaches to develop capacity.

Use the HLPF to strengthen the linkages between development and peacebuilding for effective prevention in your context! 

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