The 2030 Agenda calls on governments to implement multi-stakeholder partnerships for its implementation and follow-up and review. Civil society will play an important role in promoting and advocating for committed action at the national and local level. What lessons can we draw from the multi-stakeholder approach of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (UN Tenure Guidelines) adopted by the UN Committee on World Food Security in 2012? This unprecedented multi-stakeholder agreement foresees a strong role for civil society and multi-stakeholder fora for the implementation of responsible land governance. At the same time, the space for civil society to operate is becoming smaller in many countries. What responses are there to this trend? What we can learn, so far, from of the Tenure Guidelines? How can multi-stakeholder approaches and global reviews on the 2030 Agenda best be used to support civil society in fulfilling its role?