Invitation to participate in the 2016 ECOSOC E-Discussion
Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
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).
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
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.
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.
Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations Secretariat
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
United Nations Development Programme
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