2/14 Mon 15:15-17:30
「DAY1 Defending Civic Space in a time of COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on SDG16+／COVID-19パンデミックに見舞われたアジアにおける市民社会スペースを守るには：SDG16+を手掛かりに」（ライブ配信のみ英日同時通訳）
Based on the results of a survey of civil society spaces for CSOs in 10 Asian countries, we will deepen our awareness of the importance of shrinking civil society spaces, human rights, and SDG 16+, and consider what we can do to help. The first day will focus on the South and Southeast Asia region.
Mr. Abdul Awal
Campaign for Good Governance (SUPRO), Chairperson
Mr. Abdul Awal is the Executive Director of NRDS a regional CSO working with Peoples Organizations to promote campaign and advocacy for the rights of marginalized and excluded people in the society. The organization is working in the southeastern part of Bangladesh and facilitating sustainable development process at local level for last 36 years. Mr. Abdul Awal is also the Chairperson of Campaign for Good Governance - SUPRO the national platform of grassroots CSOs in Bangladesh. SUPRO is engaged with Policy Advocacy and Campaign activities for last twenty years and promoting collective activism on sustainable development and pro-poor policy change. SUPRO engages itself in campaign, mobilization and advocacy on different issues such as good governance; economic justice; budget tracking and analysis; trade justice; climate change; IFI policies and debt cancellation. Mr. Abdul Awal is an active antipoverty campaigner engaged in policy advocacy work for the interest of marginalized people and excluded communities. As the Chairperson of the SUPRO he has been taking active role in developing national process and connecting local agendas to regional and global forums for last two decades.
Mr. Harshvrat Jaitli
Voluntary Action Network India, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Harsh Jaitli is the Chief Executive Officer of Voluntary Action Network India (VANI). He has done M.Phil in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and has been working in the development sector for almost three decades. Before VANI he was working as Director in Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), looking after assignments of capacity building, research, advocacy and networking. He has worked on the themes like environment, health, local governance, Right to Information, organizational development etc. He has also worked on institutional strengthening in the field of information resource management, financial management and project cycle management. Mr. Jaitli has done extensive work on occupational and environmental health related issues of industrial workers and neighborhood communities. He was also involved in policy analysis and developing comprehensive planning of industrial belts. In 2009, Mr. Jaitli joined VANI as its Chief Executive. Being a national platform, VANI works towards strengthening Civil Society Organizations in India. This includes enabling regulatory environment and internal capacity enhancement of CSOs. With the membership of 600 organizations, VANI has outreach to 15,000 organizations located in almost all parts of India. Majority of these organizations work on issues related to socio-economic development and better quality of life. As civil society is passing through very challenging phase worldwide, VANI along with other national platforms is working to protect and promote organizations that play very significant role in nation building. VANI is also working towards mobilizing Indian CSOs on SDGs to promote their participation in monitoring and implementation. VANI focuses more on SDG 16 and 17, as it focuses on cooperation, participation and collaboration between government, private sector and civil society. Mr. Harsh Jaitli has written on the subjects mentioned above and also represents sector in various committees and forums. He was member of expert committee formed by Government of India to develop National Voluntary Guidelines for ethical business behavior, He was Vice-Chair of Forus (formerly known as International Forum of National Platforms (IFP)), Co-convener of Asian Development Alliance, council member of Asian Democracy Network (AND) and Member of Policy Development Forum of European Commission. He is member of NGO Cell created by NITI Ayog and member of Sub-committee on Enabling Environment. He is also member of committee formed to design CSO portal for Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Mr. Jaitli is also member of International Advisory Committee for Civil-20. He is also board member of Forum for Indian Development Cooperation (FIDC).
Mr. Arjun Bhattarai
NGO Federation of Nepal, Secretary General
Mr. Arjun Bhattarai is the Secretary General of NGO Federation of Nepal, a national umbrella of 6500 NGOs of Nepal, Focal Person for Nepal SDGs Forum a multi-stakeholders' platform on SDGs as well as Global Council Member of Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP). He graduated in Rural Development from Nepal and in Social Work from Norway. Mr. Bhattarai has been tremendous contributed to coordinate CSOs of Nepal to achieve MDGs and has been continuing coordinating multi-stakeholders for achieving SDGs in Nepal. He worked as a team leader for CSOs spotlight report of VNR 2020 and engaged on VNR process of government of Nepal on 2017 and 2020.
Mr. Zia ur Rehman
AwazCDS-Pakistan, Chief Executive
Mr. Zia ur Rehman, is a mathematician turned in to social activism since his young age when he founded, AwazCDS-Pakistan in 1995. He did his post graduation in leadership & management from School for International Training (SIT), Vermont, USA,1997-1998 after wining a scholarship from Global Partnerships. He also won a scholarship from Canadian International Development Agency-CIDA to complete year long post graduate diploma with a specialization on Managing People Organizations under LUMS- MecGill Social Enterprise Development Program. He works for the socio-economic development and political empowerment of young people and women. He is well known as development advocate and lobbyist, community level civil and political rights activist, writer and poet in the development sector especially in Pakistan, Asia and around the globe. He has conceived and conducted many studies on women, girls and young peoples’ rights in Pakistan. He remained board member of Punjab Government’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) 2015-2018, Global Co-Chair of Transparency, Accountability and Partnerships –TAP Network (2017-2019), Global Council member of Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)-2014-2020, Asia Development Alliance (ADA)-2014-2020 and Facilitation Group member of Action 4 Sustainable Development (A4SD)-2017-2020. He was nominated as one of the finalists for Nelson Mandela Graca Michael Award 2016 against his struggles for youth engagement in democratic process and restoration of local governance in Pakistan. He also led the Leave No One Behind Campaign for the implementation of SDGs in Pakistan, the campaign was among the finalists of SDG Actions Award in 2018. He has represented Pakistan and spoken on behalf Pakistani and Asian CSOs many times in various local, national, regional and global conferences including UN. He remained part of CSOs delegation who met with UN’s Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the issue of shrinking civic spaces across the world. He also presented the first ever Citizens’ Led Mechanism Report on SDGs VNR process in Pakistan during the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at UN Headquarters, New York in 2019. Currently he is leading Pakistan Development Alliance –PDA- a forum of national NGOs and CSOs working together for implementation of SDGs with a focus on governance and accountability processes in Pakistan. Very recently he has been elected as the Executive Council Member of Pakistan National Committee of International Union of Nature Conservation (IUCN) for the year 2020-2021 as well as global steering committee member of AGNA/CIVICUS for the year 2022-2023.
Mr. Ry Sovanna
Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC), Policy, Legal and Advocacy Manager
Mr. Ry Sovanna is Policy, Legal, and Advocacy Manager of Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC).
Ms. Nguyen Phuong Linh
Management and Sustainable Development Institute (MSD), Executive Director
Ms. Nguyen Phuong Linh is the Executive Director of the Management and Sustainable Development Institute (MSD). Ms. Linh is the national coordinator of Action for CSO Development Alliance Vietnam (CSA Vietnam), Leave No One Behind (LNOB Vietnam) for promoting CSO and partners’ engagement in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and also the coordinator of Child Rights Governance network and Council member of GBVNET. She plays as the advisor of Vietnamese government agencies such as the National Assembly, MOHA, MOLISA, MPI, MOST, etc. in issues relating to CSO Enabling, Business engagement, and Child rights protection. She also leads MSD in partnership with many business partners such as Microsoft, Tiktok, Facebook, 3M, HSBC, Unilever, Coca-cola, Shinhan, etc.