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Invitation to participate in the 2016 ECOSOC E-Discussion

Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to participate in an electronic discussion (e-Discussion) to be held from 29 February to 25 March 2016, coordinated and organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

Participants may join the e-Discussion at

The purpose of the e-Discussion is to engage stakeholder groups, experts, practitioners and policy-makers from various regions in a global dialogue on specific aspects of the 2016 ECOSOC theme of Implementing the post-2015 development agenda: moving from commitments to results. 

The 2016 e-Discussion is expected to provide the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with suggestions and recommendations on how to best address implementation challenges of the new Agenda, with a special focus on the national level. The discussion will focus on the scope and implications of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, national implementation and follow-up and review. 

The e-Discussion provides a unique opportunity for the wider development community to formulate critical policy messages and recommendations for ECOSOC. Contributions made by e-Discussion participants will be included in a summary of the e-Discussion posted on the ECOSOC website. The contributions will also be channeled through the report of the Secretary-General on the ECOSOC theme in support of the Council's deliberations on the theme during its high-level segment in July, leading to the adoption of the Council's 2016 Ministerial Declaration.

We hope you will join us for the e-Discussion and encourage you to forward this invitation to colleagues and your networks.

Yours sincerely,

Navid Hanif
    Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination
    Department of Economic and Social Affairs
    United Nations Secretariat
Pedro Conceicao
    Strategic Policy,
    Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
    United Nations Development Programme


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