Institution Building in Sri Lanka: Establishment of the SDGs Monitoring and Coordination Unit

Sri Lanka made great strides through its efforts in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but many challenges remained at the outset of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sri Lanka’s leaders established the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife (MoSDW) to give its people an integrated agency that would lead this work. The MoSDW drives the country’s SDG-related efforts as it looks to deliver on Sri Lanka’s 2030 Agenda commitments. The organization’s central mission is to coordinate work around the policies, strategies, programs, mechanisms, and tools aimed at addressing its development challenges, to ensure environmental, social, and economic sustainability. It does so via an integrated approach that combines inter-agency mechanisms with broad stakeholder engagement.