Integration of the SDGs into National Planning
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. Made up of 53 Member States and 9 Associate Members, with a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from the Russian Federation in the north to New Zealand in the south, the region is home to 4.1 billion people, or two thirds of the world’s population.
Towards policy coherence: an assessment of tools linking the climate, environment and sustainable development agendas
Since the adoption of important international frameworks such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2015), the Paris Agreement (2015) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015), it has become clear that climate action and the concept of sustainability are multidimensional, with complex linkages between economic, social and environmental aspects. It also is an accepted fact that policy coherence is essential to achieve the many interconnected objectives of the several climate, environment and development agendas.
As home to one sixth of humanity, a significant share of the world’s developmental challenges and opportunities by scale, and some of the world’s largest and most ambitious developmental and social inclusion schemes and programmes, India’s lessons can provide a useful lens for the localisation of SDGs in other parts of the world.
As countries pursue sustainable development across sectors as diverse as health, agriculture, and infrastructure, sectoral policies interact, generating synergies that alter their effectiveness. Identifying those synergies ex ante facilitates the harmonization of policies and provides an important lever to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. However, identifying and quantifying these synergetic interactions are infeasible with traditional approaches to policy analysis.
The United Nations team in Bosnia and Herzegovina recognized the need to promote the SDGs in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Therefore, they decided to organize, within the “Imagine 2030” initiative, a whole series of workshops throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and to involve as many people as possible from different sections of society, namely, the civil society, the government institutions and the private sector in order to start a story and dialogue on how we can address different problems facing the society and achieve the SDGs.
"Accelerating Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia: Taking a Fresh Look at Volunteerism" was the topic of discussion at a regional workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand last week (11-12 November). Stakeholders from five countries gathered with the aim of applying ‘systems thinking’ to map specific entry points and actions where volunteerism could accelerate progress on the SDGs.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development constitutes a paradigm shift. It requires understanding and articulating a narrative around the meaning and value of sustainable development, how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) interrelate across various sectors, and what it will take to achieve them.