PREPARING FOR THE TWO HLPF MEETINGS IN 2019 – INSTITUTIONS AND INEQUALITY - PDFs of the Friends Group Workshop

An expert meeting for addressing the SDGs’ reviews in 2019 and the targets that will fall in 2020 and 2025
Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development in cooperation with UN-DESA Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development
Meeting sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations
Session 1: Importance of SDG 16 and all other SDGs for achieving the 2030 Agenda; the case of climate justice
Promoting rule of law, ending all types of violence and all sorts of illicit flows, reducing corruption and bribery, striving for effective, accountable and transparent institutions and responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels including global governance, providing legal identity, ensuring public access to information and protecting fundamental freedoms, strengthening national institutions and promoting and enforcing non-discriminatory laws and policies are essential for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
Power points presented by: 
Lucy Turner UNDP Coordinator Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies  Lucy Turner Global Alliance 
Dr. Michael Dorsey, a member of the Club of Rome and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal  Dr Dorsey
Irena Zubcevic, Chief of Intergovernmental Policy and Review Branch, Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development, UN-DESA Irena Zubcevic
Session 2: Impact of regional Governance and institutional approaches on SDG Implementation – Examples from EU and Africa
The 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a unique framework for transformative pathways towards sustainability worldwide. It is universal, to be implemented by all countries within their national context. They call on all sectors, levels, and actors in society to work coherently. The paradigm shift implied with Agenda 2030 requires changes in governance and institutional setup and functioning– at and between all levels from the local to the global.
These two studies will present specific governance frameworks put in place for the implementation of the SDGs in EU Member States and presents the results in 28 Country Fiches. It will also showcase how the African region is dealing with governance issues to advance sustainable development.
Power points or reports presented by:
Ruben Zondervan: Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum and co-author of the “Europe’s approach to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: good practices and the way forward” Report. Powerpoint presentation by Ruben from Stakeholder Forum Presentation  
Ms. Sherina Saran, Counsellor, Second Committee, Government of South Africa to the United Nations, on the African Peer Review Mechanism The Africa Governance Report – 21 January 2019
Session 3 Achieving 2020 and 2025 targets
The 17 SDGs included in the 2030 Agenda include 169 targets, most with a completion date of 2030. However, for 20 SDG targets, the date of completion is 2020 and for three is 2025. With the 2020 deadline fast approaching, it would be important to assess the state of progress of the 2020 targets as well as undertake a reflection on what action would be required on those targets, including whether they should be updated to be brought in line with the 2030 targets.
Power points presented by:
Felix Dodds Adjunct Professor University of North Carolina  Felix Dodds Misaligned SDG targets
Claire Blanchard Head of Global Advocacy WWF Session 4 Claire Blanchard2

Also

The Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development have continued to host workshops on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2018. 

Governance for Sustainable Development Volume 3: Preparing for the Heads of State Review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Paperback  was edited by Felix Dodds (Author, Editor), Akinremi Bolaji (Editor), Yeongmoo Cho (Editor), Verena Klinger-Dering (Editor), Cristina Popescu (Editor), David Banisar (Editor), Quinn McKew (Editor).

The 2030 Agenda represents one of the most important sets of Global Goals that the international community has committed to. It is an unprecedented effort that embodies universal aspirations for achieving a more just, equitable, peaceful and sustainable future. It is an excellent example of successful multilateralism. 

This ambitious and unique exercise represents a paradigm shift in policy-making for sustainable development. It gives a roadmap by which we all, the UN, governments and stakeholders can work together to address the most pressing global challenges. In this context, the rule of law, as well as effective, robust, participatory and accountable institutions are of the utmost importance to achieve the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets.

This is the third book that the Group of Friends of the Governance for Sustainable Development has produced in an effort to share widely the papers that have been presented at the workshops for member States to discuss. The Group recognizes that there is an inextricable link between good governance and sustainable development and that, as the 2030 Agenda is implemented, governance challenges will need discussion and action at all levels and by all institutions.


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