CIVICUS at the UN General Assembly (September 2023)

The General Assembly is the main policymaking organ of the United Nations. It is composed of representatives of all member States and has a general mandate to discuss and make recommendations on any matters within the scope of the UN Charter. The 78th session of UNGA (5-26 September) will feature over 140 world leaders descending on New York City. A key meeting will be the Sustainable Development Goals Summit, as 2023 represents the halfway point in the implementation of the global goals. The SDGs are woefully behind schedule and it is critical that the UN and world leaders take this opportunity to forge partnerships with civil society to get the goals back on track. To read a detailed overview of our key messages and priorities for the General Assembly, see our recent article for Inter Press Service.

In this regard, CIVICUS, alongside multiple civil society organisations and representatives, will participate in several side-events and meetings with the aim of building links between civil society and decision makers at the United Nations, while strengthening civil society’s voice on high-level platforms. 

CIVICUS will also be attending bi-lateral meetings in New York with allies, members and donors to continue strengthening solidarity and collaboration.  

Here is a full calendar of our engagements at #UNGA78: 

Date, Timeand Place



CIVICUS Attendees

13 September

UNHQ ConfRoom 5 

OHCHR roundtable on Civic Space

Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR)  

Mandeep Tiwana as panelist  

13 -14 September

Ford Foundation for Social Justice in New York

Global Partnership Board Meeting 

Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data 


Mandeep Tiwana




15 September

2 -3pm 

The SDG Pavilion at the North Lawn of the United Nations Headquarters


UN Democracy Fund’s event marking this year’s International Day of Democracy 

 UN Democracy Fund

Lysa John

Mandeep Tiwana

17 September 


GPIN networking gathering 

Global Public Investment

Lysa John

17 - 18 September 

777 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 United States

Global Peoples Assembly 


Two events – one on civic space and human rights – along-with CPDE and others. The other on Global Democracy and the UN  

Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) 



Mandeep Tiwana

Lysa John



18 September


CIVICUS Office, WeWork Space, 4th Floor on 450 Lexington Ave.

CIVICUS Meet & Greet 


Mandeep Tiwana

Claire Nylander

Lysa John 

18 September

8.30 am – 11.00am 

Apella, located at 450 E 29th St, New York, NY.


MIT Solve: Solve Challenge Finals

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Lysa John

18 September

12:30 – 1:45pm  

Hilton Midtown

1335 6th Avenue

New York


Private Roundtable | Global Public Investment: How to Unlock Finance for Health, Climate, and the SDGs 


Clinton Foundation & Global Public Investment 


Lysa John

18 – 19 September

18th: 9am – 6pm 

19th : 3pm – 7pm  

UN Headquarters

UN SDG Summit

SDG Summit 2023  

SDG Summit Programme

United Nations

Mandeep Tiwana

Lysa John  



20 September

8:00 am - 9:30 am 

Ford Foundation,

New York

CEO Financing Roundtable: ‘Unlock Financing - A Meeting of Minds’

Unlock the Future coalition

Mandeep Tiwana

20 September

6.30 - 8.30pm 

Agenda and venue received after registration

WBA High-Level Launch event for the White Paper on Corporate Accountability Gap in support of the SDGs - More Info

World Benchmarking Alliance 



Lysa John


21 September

9:30 - 10am  Networking  

10 - 11:30 am Main event (online and in person) 

Alliance Bernstein, 1345 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10105

Philanthropy and Localisation Agenda: Pathways to Action for Local Equity 





Lysa John

21 September 

9:30 to 11:30 am 

Agenda and venue received after registration

2023 WBA Alliance Action Forum : More Info


Register: Alliance Action Forum

World Benchmarking Alliance

Claire Nylander

Mandeep Tiwana

21 September


International Peace Institute - 12th floor of 777 UN Plaza.

Trygve Lie Symposium on Fundamental Freedoms in New York 

MFA Norway and the International Peace Institute (IPI) 


Lysa John

21-22 September

The Westin New York Grand Central

Global Africa Business Initiative– Unstoppable Africa

Global Africa Business Initiative 

Claire Nylander

22 September

1pm – 2:30pm  

Bahai International Community Office 866 UN Plaza 

Club de Madrid Action Lab segment on Rethinking Social Development for People and the Planet  



Club of Madrid  

Mandeep Tiwana




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