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Engaging Civil Society Organizations in Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

Event | 26 - 28 September 2018 Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Tokyo, Japan


“Leaving no one behind” is the central principle of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Cooperation and inclusion are key concepts in its implementation which can be achieved through effective engagement with civil society organizations (CSOs) and NGOs. The advancement of the SDGs depends on concerted efforts by governments and all stakeholders, including CSOs, governments, international finance institutions like ADB, and other development actors.

Together with the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), ADB’s NGO and Civil Society Center, launched a Call for Papers about “Engaging CSOs in Advancing the SDGs.” The top eight research papers will be presented at the knowledge-sharing event on 26 to 28 September 2018, in Tokyo Japan. The main objective of the forum is to discuss the contribution of CSOs in achieving the SDGs, and how the government, ADB, and other development actors could engage them effectively in the realization of the global goals. 


During the event, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Share knowledge about the contribution of CSOs in achieving the SDGs;
  • Discuss with CSOs, governments, ADB, and other development actors, on the importance of working with CSOs in advancing the SDGs;
  • Recommend ways to effectively engage CSOs in helping achieve the SDGs.

Target participants

From ADB member countries:

  • NGOs and civil society organizations
  • government officials
  • donor institutions
  • think-tanks, institutes, academia, and centers of excellence
  • ADB staff

Resource speakers

CSOs and academic institutions will present research papers on CSO engagement in advancing the SDGs.

ADB specialists will discuss opportunities and strategies in working with CSOs.

How to register

By invitation only


ADB and the ADBI will cover travel and accommodation expenses of research paper presenters and invited participants.

Event organizers/partners

ADB is an international development finance institution whose vision is an Asia and Pacific region free of poverty. ADB’s mission is to help its DMCs reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people. ADB is committed to reducing poverty through inclusive growth, environmentally sustainable growth and regional integration.

ADBI works with policymakers to identify strategies to reduce poverty and promote growth. It does so by conducting research with a focus on medium- to long-term development issues of strategic importance that affects the region and through capacity building and training activities that contribute to ADB’s overarching objective of poverty reduction.