- What are the key components of a comprehensive national review process? What capacities will need to be strengthened at the national level in order to conduct the necessary reviews? How can accountability and transparency of the review process be supported?
- How can the follow-up and review at the regional and global level—including through a strong High-level Political Forum under the auspices of ECOSOC and the newly created ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development—facilitate the achievement of the SDGs?
- What steps need to be taken to put in place the evidence base (i.e. established, new and emerging sources of data and monitoring capacities) to help track progress on the 2030 Agenda and inform decision-making where course correction is needed?
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the thematic window on “Follow up-and review” for the 2016 ECOSOC e-Discussion, organized by UN DESA and UNDP. Our discussion will run from 29 February to 25 March 2016.
This is the first year of implementation for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and for taking action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Although national commitments—complemented by global action—will be essential to the achievement of the SDGs, all stakeholders will need to contribute to the Agenda’s implementation and the follow-up and review of progress to keep things on track. The 2030 Agenda is everyone’s agenda; therefore everyone, including citizens, development practitioners, policy makers, academics and representatives from the public and private sectors, will need to be involved.
The e-Discussion is designed as an open but focused space for dialogue with people from around the world on these important issues. It is one of several milestones related to the work of the UN Economic and Social Council in 2016, as it focuses on the overall theme “Implementing the post-2015 agenda: moving from commitments to results”.
All Participants will be able to input their views—based on their experiences, and regardless of their perspectives—into ECOSOC’s work during this important year. Your engagement in this discussion provides a unique opportunity to shape critical policy messages and recommendations for ECOSOC. These will be included in a summary of the e-Discussion and reflected in the report of the UN Secretary-General on the ECOSOC theme. The Council is keen that its high level meetings with global decision-makers in July reflect a broader range of stakeholder views such as yours.
For those participants not familiar with the “Follow-up and review” provisions in the 2030 Agenda, I’ve included a few reference materials in this window.
As the moderator for this discussion, I would like to kick things off with the above three questions. We’re eager to hear about concrete examples and specific recommendations which you might have in relation to the theme.
These questions are meant as general guidance; I hope that you will not be too constrained by them in your responses while remaining focused and concise in your contributions. Please indicate in your responses which question you are addressing.
I look forward to reading and reacting to your thoughts, insights and concrete examples. Let’s get started!
Chief, Policy Coordination Branch
Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Key links for "Follow-up and review":