Sustainable Development Governance Papers Available - From Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development

The link between achieving sustainable development and the principles of good governance is gaining increasing acceptance. The Rio + 20  The Future We Want Declaration, paragraph 10, stated that to achieve sustainable development goals, we need institutions at all levels that are effective, transparent, accountable and democratic. These were incorporated in Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals and have been further elaborated as indicators.
To support these goals, the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development, an informal government group, was created in the autumn of 2011. The main objective of the Friends group is to create an informal space for governments to have discussions among themselves, backed up by expert papers when requested, on issues relating to good governance and the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development (IFSD) in relation to the d implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It builds on a rich tradition of ˜Friends of Groups” in New York which serves as a useful informal space for governments to discuss ideas and papers relating to a particular topic.
The Group is chaired by the governments of Germany, Republic of Korea, Mexico and Romania. In particular, over the last four years, it has hosted a series of workshops and published three books based the papers. It is supported by ARTICLE 19 as the secretariat.
Recognizing that national and international governance of sustainable development are two different but mutually supporting discussions, the Group has been flexible and open to address both, as appropriate and as Member States see fit. The 2018 Papers from the three workshops can be found below as well as some of the power points. They are also on the web site of the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development. 
Paper 1: Elaborating Principles of Effective Governance for Sustainable Development by the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)
Open Government Partnership by Open Government Partnership:
Partnerships for SDG16
By Lucy Turner
Workshop 2: Advancing the 2030 Agenda: Lessons learned from the first cycle of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) – how far can we go? Organized jointly with UNDESA.  Programme for Friends of Government meeting
PowerPoint: Jan Gustav: Strandenaes  Rethinking the UN intergovernmental bodies after the creation of the HLPF: the roles of the General Assembly, ECOSOC, and HLPF
PowerPoint: Irena ZubcevicReview of the role of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs): 
How VNRs can be improved to be most effective in accelerating national implementation of the 2030 Agenda and serving as a mechanism for sharing experiences and lessons learned between the Member States.
Paper: Marianne Beisheim: UN Reforms for the 2030 Agenda
PowerPoint: Marianne Beisheim: UN-Reforms for the 2030-Agenda: Working methods and practices ”fit for purpose“?
PowerPoint: David Leblanc: How can interlinkages and principles in the 2030 Agenda such as ”leave no one behind” best be operationalized?
PowerPoint Patrick Paul Walsh: What can be done after the HLPF to advance implementation at the national level, turning rhetoric into policy by working with parliaments?
PowerPoint: Charles Nouhan: What is the role of national multi-stakeholder platforms in advancing the 2030 Agenda, and how can this be best encouraged and supported?
PowerPoint:  Felix Dodds: What is the role of multistakeholder partnerships in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?
PowerPoint: Lotta Tahtinen:What is the role of multistakeholder partnerships in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?
PowerPoint: Carole Excell: Regional Approach: ECLAC Convention on Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration
Workshop 3 Advancing the 2030 Agenda: Lessons learnt from the first cycle of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) – how far can we go? -Programme-for-Friends-of-Government-meeting-version-16 (1)
Paper: Jorge Fernandez Advancing the 2030 Agenda

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