WATCH: Stepping up to heal historical responsibilities – For the full achievement of the 2030 Agenda

Watch the recording of the official High Level Political Forum 2022 side event which took place 14 July 2022 at the United Nations Headquarters.


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The Global North, specifically many countries in our UNECE region, have long ignored the worldwide impacts of their carbon emissions, weapon sales, extraction of natural resources and human resources from the Global South. With the intersecting and multiple excruciating crises our world faces, Global North countries can no longer ignore the impacts of their actions as these impacts have started to emerge in the Global North countries now too. E.g. through hurricanes, wars “next door”, fear of nuclear war, food insecurity, and high inflation. We, the civil society of the UNECE region, are calling on all the governments in the Global North to stop ignoring the impacts of their actions and omissions. To start stepping up to their responsibilities for the wellbeing of the people and the planet. We hope this side event, rather than just being critical and pessimistic, can show good practices and efforts. Listening to the needs of the people from the Global South, and the solidarity exhibited by organisations in the Global North who are holding their governments accountable and amplifying the voices from the Global South.

This event was organised by ECE – Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism, sponsored by Women’s Major Group, Asia-Pacific CSO Engagement Mechanism, Civil Society Financing for Development Group, Women Engage for a Common Future and Action for Sustainable Development.


  1. Welcoming & safe space principles, Nelya Rakhimova
  2. Agenda setting with data, Dr. Valentina Bodrug-Lungu
  3. Testimony from migration activist Ada Ugo Abara (watch here)
  4. Testimony from Asia-Pacific, April Porteria
  5. Holding the Global North accountable, Emilia Reyes
  6. Financing for development, Wolfgang Obenland
  7. Responding, Wondwosen Asnake Kibret, UN Environment Programme