People’s Review of the SDGs: Rising above the health and economic crisis in the time of COVID-19

June 24, 2021

Warm greetings!

In 2015, the Philippines was among the 193 countries that committed to the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 which seeks to eradicate poverty and inequality through its 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). The fifth year of SDGs implementation coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 which brought the global economy and health system on the verge of collapse. The pandemic wiped out whatever little gains were achieved by countries in their implementation of the SDGs.

Prior to the pandemic, the Philippines was already falling short in achieving its SDG targets. The pandemic, harsh lockdowns, and grossly-imbalanced government response appear to have made the situation worse.

The Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 which serves as the government’s blueprint for achieving the SDGs is still anchored on the same development framework that has brought the country’s economy and health system in chronic crisis.

It is in this context that the Council for People’s Development and Governance, along with its member organizations cordially invite you to the PH Civil Society SDG Watch July 5 to 19, 2021 Forum Series.

Themed “People’s Review of the SDGs: Rising above the economic and health crisis in the time of COVID-19”, the forum series aims to:

a) assess the Philippines’ progress in implementation of the SDGs;

b) identify major policies and programs hindering the achievement of these goals especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic; and,

c) propose policies for immediate relief, recovery, and long-term development.

To participate in the forums, please register in the links provided in the forum schedules below.

Please extend the invitation to your friends and colleagues.


SDGsTitleDate & TimeRegistration Link
SDG 1 and
SDG 10
Rising above poverty and inequality in the time of COVID-19July 5
2:00PM to 4:00PM 
SDG 2Binhian, Bungkalan, Bahaginan: Tugon sa Panawagang Tapusin ang Kagutuman!July 6
2:00PM to 4:00PM  
SDG 3Reclaiming Health and Well-Being: SDG 3 and privatization amid the pandemicJuly 7
6:00PM to 7:30PM
SDG 5 Gender EqualityJuly 8
SDG 6Water and Sanitation: Goal and RightJuly 12
SDG 8Trabaho, Sahod at Ayuda hanggang mapuksa ang pandemya: Karapatan at Kasarinlan tungo sa tunay na KaunlaranJuly 13
10:00AM to 12:00NN
SDG 12 and
SDG 13
Sustainability and Climate Justice Beyond COVID-19July 14
2PM to 4PM 
SDG 11Make cities & human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient,  & sustainableJuly 15By invitation
SDG 14 Pagrepaso ng mangingisda at mamamayan sa SDG 14 sa ilalim ng
pandemya at krisis pang-ekonomiya
July 11, 2:00PM
(Part 2)
July 16, 10:00AM (Part 3)
SDG 16Asserting People’s Right to Development and Governance Amid Shrinking Democratic SpacesJuly 19
9:00AM to 11:00AM
SDG 17 Partnership for the goals (ODA & Development)July 19
2:00PM to 4:00PM

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