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Dear IPPN Community,

Welcome to the second IPPN Newsletter. This and subsequent editions will compile carefully selected resources related to policy integration.

The Integrated Policy Practitioners' Network (IPPN) aims to put at the fingertips of practitioners in the development community practical tools, methodologies and courses to strengthen capacities to address interconnected and interdependent development challenges. Nine UN agencies joined forces to launch the IPPN in November 2021. Since then, the network has grown steadily, with the development of a website, a resource library and a Knowledge Café webinar series to facilitate engagement, interaction and exchange of experience among integrated policy practitioners. Join us on this important journey!

The IPPN Joint Support Team



IPPN Knowledge Café: How an Integrated Approach to Migration, Sustainable Reintegration and Development Can Accelerate the 2030 Agenda


Mark your calendar for the next IPPN Knowledge Café, taking place on Wednesday, 11 May 2022 at 8:00 AM New York (3:00 PM Addis Ababa/ Istanbul | 87:00 PM Bangkok). Join us to learn how practitioners can integrate migration into their work from an integrated policy perspective, building on the International Organization for Migration (IOM)'s comprehensive approach operationalized through the Reintegration Handbook. More information is available here. Register in two clicks https://bit.ly/IPPN_KC6 to receive the Zoom connection details.

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If you missed the last IPPN Knowledge Café on "Systems Mapping as a Tool for SDG Integration into National Planning" (20 April 2022), watch the recording below and click for the presentation and relevant links shared during the session here.


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"Integration of the SDGs into National Development Plans and Budgets, The Case of Ghana" (16 March 2022) and "Introduction to the New UN Common Guidance on Helping Build Resilient Societies" (16 February 2022). Watch all previous recordings on the IPPN YouTube channel. IPPN members are welcome to propose topics for future Knowledge Cafés, using this online form: https://bit.ly/IPPN_ProposeWebinar.

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Africa's Experiences Integrating SDGs in Development Plans, Budgets and Statistics


Read up on this new IPPN blog and opinion piece on the value-add of integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Development Plans and Budgets. These aspects were explored across seven countries in Africa: Benin, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali and South Sudan. Understanding collective priorities, gaps and negotiating trade-offs within and with partners can only make Africa’s recovery process more informed, argues the blog's author Frederick Mugisha, SDG Integration Advisor at UNDP Africa. The blog was published in connection with the IPPN Knowledge Café: Africa's Experiences in Integrating SDGs into Development Plans and Budgets (16 March 2022).

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The Great Upheaval - Resetting Development Policy and Institutions for the Decade of Action in Asia and the Pacific


UNDP has published a comprehensive policy volume, which sets out policy options for the Asia-Pacific region to become a centrifugal economic and social force where inclusion, resilience and sustainability become as imperative as necessary economic strength for the future pf the planet. The book covers the policy and institutional shifts accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic; measures for improved human conditions; and new modes of governance at the national, regional and global levels. Read the report here.

AU Capacity-Building Workshop on Africa's Voluntary National Reviews for the HLPF 2022 and Domestication of Agenda 2063


On 28-29 March 2022, the Africa Union and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs convened a workshop aiming to support national capacities of AU member States in preparations for VNRs to be presented at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July 2022. The event also offered a regional platform for peer-learning on best practices of the integration and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 at national and local levels. Review the workshop documentation, presentations and outcome here.

2022 Financing for Sustainable Development Report: Bridging the Finance Divide


In conjunction with the 2022 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development, the United Nations released a report on the state of financing for the 2030 Agenda. The report finds an alarming financial divide between developed countries and the poorest developing countries, forcing the latter to cut budgets for education, infrastructure and other capital spending, a challenge exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and conflicts. Read more about the findings and recommendations of the Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2022.

Financing the Future We Want: The Official Launch of the INFF Facility


On 28 April 2022, UNDP, UNDESA and OECD convened the official launch of the Facility for supporting countries on the design of implementation of Integrated National Financial Frameworks (INFF). Over 80 countries are developing INFFs, identifying and taking forward hundreds of financing reforms to mobilise and align greater sums of public and private financing with the SDGs. The INFF Facility helps strengthen cooperation between public, private and civil society stakeholders, and provides a platform for countries to share, connect and learn from one another and facilitates access to innovative tools, knowledge and guidance. Visit the INFF Knowledge Platform.

The UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework Training Course


Jointly designed by the UN Development Coordination Office and the UN System Staff College, this training course intends to equip participants with an in-depth understanding of the UNSDCF as a core instrument for all UN entities at country level to provide coherent and effective support to countries on achieving the 2030 Agenda. The UNSDCF training course is now open and free for all UN and non-UN audiences, and available in English and French.



How The Universal Periodic Review Process Supports Sustainable Development

Captured from over 60 experiences shared from across the UN system, the repository of UN good practices on how the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) supports sustainable development, captures how the UPR process and recommendations which advance the promotion and protection of human rights are increasingly integrated and aligned in UN efforts at achieving the Agenda 2030. Read the full guide.

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN Development Programme (UNDP), Development Coordination Office (DCO), February 2022

Horizontal and Vertical Integration for COVID-19 Recovery and SDG Implementation

This Policy Brief highlights three society-wide issues that will require integrated approaches to respond effectively to the pandemic and achieve the SDGs post-COVID 19. It examines challenges of vertical integration in the context of the pandemic and beyond, and explores lessons learned from institutional mechanisms put in place by countries during the pandemic to enhance policy integration. Read the full brief.

Source: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, September 2021

Guidelines for the Preparation of Sector and District Medium-Term Development Plans

Published by the National Development Planning Commission of Ghana, this document is "a development planners guide" for sector and district medium-term development plan preparation within the context of national, regional and global development agendas. The document provides tools and analytical techniques to support plan preparation. Read the full guide.

Source: National Development Planning Commission of Ghana, October 2020

Integration of Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Development Planning

Explore the lessons from a national planning process in Nigeria, as a team of ten researchers sought to address the lack of practical examples of how climate change mitigation and development priorities can be integrated in national planning processes, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Read the full article.

Source: Environmental Science and Policy, November 2021

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