16+ Forum Hosts Inaugural Annual Showcase

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tbilisi, Georgia - From October 30 to November 2, 2017, 150 representatives from twenty-five countries gathered in Tbilisi, Georgia, for the inaugural 16+ Forum Annual Showcase “From Words to Action: Implementing SDG 16+ at the local and national level.” The Forum discussed best policy and practices for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a specific focus on SDG16 – Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.

The 16+ Forum Annual Showcase covered a range of topics during six plenary sessions which demonstrated the successes and challenges faced by the countries as they, in partnership with civil society, aimed to improve governance, ensure rule of law, fight corruption, introduce innovation to public services, resolve conflict, and work towards sustaining peace.

Held in Tbilisi, this event is the first Annual Showcase of the 16+ Forum, a multi-stakeholder platform including the Permanent Missions of the Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Sweden, the Republic of Korea, Timor Leste and Tunisia to the United Nations, as well as the g7+ Secretariat, and hosted by the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA).

“On behalf of the 16+ Forum, we are incredibly grateful to all our partners and particularly to Georgia, as our host and as a global leader in advancing SDG 16+”, noted Bonian Golmohammadi, Secretary-General of WFUNA.

The Showcase was hosted by the Government of Georgia – the Administration of the Government of Georgia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Justice – in partnership with WFUNA and co-organisers and supporters: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Government of Sweden, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), GIZ, Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Tetra Tech ARD and civil society partners – the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and the United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG).

Maestro TV, TV1, ipress.ge, Channel 1, Rustavi 2, interpressnews.ge and etanews.ge are among local media outlets in Georgia that covered the 16+ Forum Annual Showcase. The 16+ Forum was launched in New York, USA in 2016.

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