The integrated, indivisible and interlinked nature of the SDGs requires an in-depth discussion of the inter-connection between the various goals and targets. There is a large body of analytical research and evidence from many different sources, supporting integrated policy making, implementation and monitoring. Furthermore, the interlinked nature of the SDGs is also seen in the scope of the supporting statistical evidence needed to highlight how and where sustainable development is achieved. Such approaches can have transformative impacts, if they can adequately exploit synergies and minimize trade-offs. Recognizing this potential, many countries have already set up, cross-ministerial coordination mechanisms for the SDGs, as presented in their VNRs. This is will be the discussion in the first panel. In the second panel, the importance of statistics and data to support the 2030 Agenda and the much-needed statistical capacity development to strengthen national statistical systems will be highlighted by key experts from different data communities.
Proposed Guiding Questions
- What needs to be done to ensure interlinkages among all SDGs are addressed when making policy decisions at all levels?
- What are the best policy instruments to identify synergies and minimize trade-offs?
- How all branches of Government, stakeholders and international community can be best engaged in ensuring interlinkages among all SDGs to advance 2030 Agenda implementation?