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Join us for the next IPPN Knowledge Café, a webinar series focused on building the IPPN members’ capacity to better understand a systems perspective on policy integration and acceleration; and integrated policy solutions, including curation of tools and resources that support the design and implementation of cross-cutting policy solutions. 

About this webinar

The 2030 Agenda is an integrated and indivisible framework for advancing sustainable development, with varying degrees of interlinkages between the SDGs and their targets. Its effective implementation therefore requires systemic approaches that leverage understanding of complex systems of relationships between policy domains, between stakeholder constituencies, and even between different parts of government. As part of its support to policymakers and development practitioners for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has developed and deployed a suite of methodology and tools on systems thinking and SDG integration into national strategies and plans. 

Taking a Systems Thinking approach in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development allows practitioners to visualize how improvement in one area of the system can either positively or adversely affect another area of the system, and how to turn trade-offs into opportunities for the benefit of the entire system while reducing the possibility of producing unintended responses and consequences. The systems framework allows policymakers and stakeholders to shift from a conventional, siloed and linear policy and decision-making approach towards integrated planning scenarios.

In this Knowledge Café, we will share an overview of ESCAP’s methodology of systems mapping for identifying policy interlinkages, synergies and trade-offs, as well as hands-on experiences and practical examples of country applications. 


Welcome and scene-settings remarks, followed by a brief presentation from:

  • Aneta Nikolova, Climate Action Theme Lead, Environment and Development Policy Section, Environment and Development Division, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) 

Q&A and exchanges with the audience!

About the speaker

Ms. Aneta Slaveykova Nikolova is an accomplished sustainable development professional with extensive experience in policy analysis, development and advocacy, capacity development, and technical assistance to developing countries and countries with economies in transition in Europe, Africa, and Asia and the Pacific. Ms. Nikolova has a broad educational background with degrees in Scientific Information Management, Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology (Engineer) and European Politics and Administration.

Connection details

Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Time: 8:00 AM New York | 3:00 PM Addis Ababa/ Istanbul | 7:00 PM Bangkok

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Session materials

Watch the recording below, click for the presentation (or download below), and find other relevant resources in the comments section.

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Comments (4)

Nadine Ravaud
Nadine Ravaud

Dear IPPN community, thank you for joining today's Knowledge Café! Find attached the PPT presentation.

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Nadine Ravaud
Nadine Ravaud

Find below some key resources shared today during the event:
ESCAP, SDG Help Desk https://sdghelpdesk-elearning.unescap.org/ and the Thematic Area on Integration of SDGs into National Planning:
- E-learning on Integration of the SDGs into National Planning, https://sdghelpdesk.unescap.org/e-learning/Integration-SDGs-into-Nation…
- Case studies: https://sdghelpdesk.unescap.org/knowledge-hub/thematic-area/integration…

Resources related to systems thinking:
- ESCAP (2015), Integrating the Three Dimensions of Sustainable Development: A Framework and Tools, https://repository.unescap.org/handle/20.500.12870/3161  
- ESCAP (2019), Systems Thinking and Integration of the SDGs into National Planning, https://www.unescap.org/events/systems-thinking-and-integration-sustain…
- ESCAP (n.d.), Sustainability Outlook Tool: Ten Steps Towards Integration Using the Systems Thinking Approach, https://sdghelpdesk.unescap.org/sustainability-outlook-tool  

Resources related to SDG6 (water and sanitation):
- ESCAP (2017), Integrated Approaches for Sustainable Development Goals Planning: The Case of Goal 6 on Water and Sanitation: https://www.unescap.org/publications/integrated-approaches-sustainable-…
- ESCAP (2016), Analytical Framework for Integration of Water and Sanitation SDGs and Targets Using Systems Thinking Approach: https://sdghelpdesk.unescap.org/e-library/analytical-framework-integrat…
- ESCAP (2016), Water Markets in the Asia and the Pacific: An Overview of Trends, Opportunities, Risks and Policies: https://sdghelpdesk.unescap.org/e-library/water-markets-asia-and-pacifi…
- UN-Water (2016), Integrated Monitoring Guide for SDG 6 Targets and Global Indicators: http://www.unwater.org/app/uploads/2016/04/Integrated-Monitoring-Guide-…, which suggests draft methodologies to enable Member States to monitor SDG 6 (which covers the whole water cycle) in line with national capacities. 

Gustavo Nino
Gustavo Nino

Hi Nadine. Would it be possible to acces the recordings of the session? Thanks!

Serge Kapto
Serge Kapto

Dear Gustavo, the recording is posted on this page, under "Session materials".

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