Embedding SDGs into policies and budget at local governments key to achieving Agenda 2030Oct 30, 2017
250 policy makers, researchers, community leaders, private sector, civil society groups and academia from Asia and the Pacific gathered to discuss embedding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into policies and budget to accelerate the achievement of Agenda 2030.
Launched by Madam Chong Eng, Penang State EXCO for Youth and Sport and Women, Family, and Community Development, the conference is organised by the Penang Women’s Development Corporation, in partnership with the Penang State Government, the City Council of Penang Island, the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai, the Penang Institute and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Stefan Priesner, UN Resident Coordinator in Malaysia and UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam said, “UNDP applauds the state government of Penang, through the Penang Women’s Development Corporation for the Asia Pacific Conference: Localising the Sustainable Development Goals to explore the numerous opportunities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals; with a focus at sub-national, local government, and community levels.”
On localization of the SDGs, Stefan added, “Imbedding the SDGs into policies at state level represents a clear path to the core principles of Agenda 2030, which are ‘leaving no one behind’ and ‘environmental sustainability’. Furthermore, the agenda to mainstream gender equality in planning, budgeting and governance will further the goals of gender equality at local level”
The conference featured 22 speakers and session chairs from 10 countries, coming from as far as Canada. Renowned speakers include renowned Economist, Professor Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram as well as Dr Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific, Patrick Duong, UNDP Regional Advisor on Local Governance and Decentralization, Edward Ling Business Manager, Google/Waze Malaysia, and Amjad Rabi, Deputy Representative, UNICEF in Malaysia.
On UNDP’s support to localisation of the SDGs, Stefan added that, UNDP’s support at local level can be structured in three dimensions which are Mainstreaming and SDGs into local planning and budgeting, including the assessment policy trade offs, accelerating action on issues that have been identified as falling behind, especially on LNOB and sustainability issues and sound monitoring and evaluation processes; development of sound and robust state datasets and indicators
The 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, a transformative and integrated global plan was adopted by 193 countries two years ago. The SDGs has 17 goals, 169 targets and 244 indicators, are unprecedented in its scope and ambition to improve the quality of life for all with no one left behind, and to ensure a planet that is sustainable and protected for present and future generations.
The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the Prime Minister’s Department is leading the initiatives to meet the targets for Malaysia in alignment with the Eleventh Malaysia Plan. The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) is supporting EPU’s efforts to develop a National SDG Roadmap to chart its course.
The two-day conference saw discussions held over five main session topics which are Asia Pacific SDG Narratives at Sub-National and Local Government Level, The Importance of Gender Equality to the Attainment of the SDGs, Roads to Success for SDGs, Partnerships: The Key to Implementing SDGs and Charting Future Action at Local Level for the attainment of SDGs.
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