How to Engage with the 2030 Agenda on LGBTI Issues: Simple Tips for Activists

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A new resource released today by MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health & Rights gives examples and good practices to inspire activists and organisations to engage and increase the visibility of LGBTI people in the context of the Agenda 2030. 

Between 2018-2020, reporting on both HIV and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) issues, has increased and improved, in both Voluntary National Reviews and civil society spotlight reports. The 2019 establishment of the LGBTI Stakeholder Group as one of the 21 Major Groups and Other Stakeholders (MGoS), further increased the visibility of LGBTI issues. 

Titled “How to Engage with the 2030 Agenda on LGBTI Issues: Simple Tips for Activists” the resource was compiled on the basis of positive examples of civil society engagement in six countries in 2019 and 2020, namely Brazil, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Malaysia, and North Macedonia. 

The resource highlights tips from activists to activists, such as:

  • Use the 2030 Agenda as yet another entry point to engage with the government!
  • Learn to speak the development language!
  • Know that you should be consulted!
  • You don’t have to start from scratch… recycle
  • Create ownership in the community!
  • Reach out for knowledge and support! …

… and many others!

It features testimonies of activists about the successes and challenges of their engagement:

“It is on us, LGBTI activists and human rights defenders, to make sure that LGBTI issues are on the agenda in the development framework. If we don’t do it, nobody will.”Biljana Ginova, LGBTIQ human rights defender, North Macedonia

“I knew we needed a report on trans people’s experiences, one that shows our issues and takes up the recommendations of our communities. But I thought I could not do it or that the report wouldn’t turn out to be great. But those around me encouraged me and when the report was done and I held the printed booklet in my hand, it was my proudest moment!”Y, member of a community based organisation, Malaysia

“We are [now] being recognised by other stakeholders. We couldn’t have found ourselves in those spaces, but because of this report [we wrote] we are. It has opened for us another door for engagement that we did not have previously.” Emma Kalea, CEDEP, Malawi

In July 2021, the annual High Level Political Forum (HLPF) will focus on “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”. It will include VNR presentations by 51 Member States and a thematic review of six SDGs, including some of those most relevant for LGBTI people: SDG 1 on no poverty, SDG 2 on zero hunger, SDG 3 on good health and well-being, SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth, and SDG 10 on reduced inequalities. MPACT hopes that this resource will help and encourage activists and organisations, who work on LGBTI issues, to participate in the VNR process, engage nationally, produce a spotlight report, and/or attend the HLPF. We hope that ultimately, it will help ensure that ‘no one is left behind’.  

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About MPact

MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights was founded in 2006 by an international group of activists who were concerned about the disproportionate HIV burden being shouldered by gay and bisexual men. We have since expanded our work to focus on the broader sexual health and human rights needs of all men who have sex with men.

This report was made possible with funding support from PITCH, The Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV response – a strategic partnership between Aidsfonds, Frontline AIDS and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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