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Mainstreaming SDGs into national policies, plans and strategies and integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development
For the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, their inclusion and mainstreaming into national policies, plans and strategies will be crucial. Without a doubt, the fulfilment of the pledge to “leave no one behind” will also depend on how well the ones furthest behind will be taken into account when drafting the required policies and plans. The concepts of mainstreaming sustainable development into national plans and mainstreaming global policy frameworks into national strategies are not novel notions, as has been demonstrated by the experiences of national sustainable development plans and the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and many lessons can be learnt from these.

As noted in the 2030 Agenda, each country needs to take into account their national realities and circumstances, and hence no one size fits all countries in regard to the mainstreaming process. It is important to remember that prior to the adoption of the SDGs governments have had existing policy objectives and commitments that are articulated in a variety of national and sectoral strategies and plans, as well as in commitments to international agreements. However, three typical steps that can apply for many types of countries in initial SDG mainstreaming include:

1. Review of existing strategies and plans and identification of areas for change: to scan and detail the landscape of existing strategies and plans at the national, sub-national and local levels and then compare against the global SDGs and targets to identify gaps and provide the basis for areas for change; 2. Setting of nationally-relevant targets: for nationally-adapted and inclusive SDGs that are achievable, yet ambitious; and 3. Formulation of strategy and plans using integrated systems thinking: to incorporate the recommendations and the insights from the above steps into strategies and plans and matching ambition and commitments with resources and capacities.

The theme of the HLPF this year is “Ensuring that no one is left behind” and the 2030 Agenda states that all countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. In this spirit, some Member States have decided to include stakeholders as part of their national SDG mainstreaming process, including hearings and participation in tailoring of national targets, plans and policies.

The mainstreaming of the SDGs is a complex endeavour. This session aims to provide a space for the Member States and other stakeholders to exchange their views on the success stories and challenges faced in the early implementation of the SDGs at the national level and their integration into policies, plans and strategies. It aims to draw upon the lessons learnt from both the previous gains made in integrated policy-making nationally and from the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.

Possible questions for discussion:
  1. What policies, coordination mechanisms and plans have countries put into place in order to integrate the SDGs into their national plans?
  2. What are the main challenges for integrated policy-making, and what institutional structures at national level work well to foster policy coherence?
  3. How can the global community support the national mainstreaming of the SDGs?

12 For example Mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Reference Guide, United Nation Development Group, Available at: https://undg.org/main/undg_document/mainstreaming-the-2030-agenda-for-sustainable-development-interim-reference-guide-to-uncts/

Chair:
  • H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN and Vice President of ECOSOC

Moderator:
  • Mr. Nick Ishmael Perkins, Director of SciDev.net

Panellists:
  • H.E. Mr. Koichi Aiboshi, Assistant Vice-Minister for Global Issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
  • Mr. Joseph Enyimu, Economist at the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda
  • Ms. Wardarina, Programme Officer from Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development/part of Women Major Group/Co-Chair of Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism

Lead discussants:
  • Mr. Izzet Ari, Head of Department, Environment and Sustainable Development at the Ministry of Development, Turkey
  • Ms. Eili Lepik, Adviser on sustainable development issues at the Strategy Unit, Government Office, Estonia
  • Mr. Olivier Brochenin, Director of the Development Policy Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France
  • Ms. Stine Lise Hattestad Bratsberg, CEO of PURE Consulting
Biographies
Dr. Izzet Ari
Head of Department, Environment and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Development
Dr. Izzet Ari

Head of Department, Environment and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Development

Dr. Izzet ARI is Head of Department of Environment and Sustainable Development at the Ministry of Development of Turkey. He received his Ph-D from Earth System Science in the international climate change policies, particularly on the new of approach for the classification of countries in the UNFCCC. He also received M.Sc. Climate Change and Policy degree from University of Sussex with Institute of Development Studies in the UK. About nine years he participates the UNFCCC negotiations on behalf of the Ministry of Development. He also follows post 2015 development regime and actively participates discussions on SDGs since Rio+20. He currently coordinates the implementation of SDGs in Turkey.

H.E. Mr. Koichi Aiboshi
Assistant Vice-Minister for Global Issues, Japan
H.E. Mr. Koichi Aiboshi

Assistant Vice-Minister for Global Issues, Japan

Koichi AIBOSHI graduated from the University of Tokyo (Liberal Arts, International Relations) and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. Mr. Aiboshi has served in various positions, including Director of Humanitarian Assistance Division, Director of Second Middle East Division, and Director of Loan Aid Division. More recently, he was appointed as Minister of the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Korea (2006), Minister of the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam (2008) , Deputy Assistant Vice - Minister (Parliamentary Affairs) (2011) , Deputy Director - General for International Cooperation (2012) , and Ambassador of the Mission of Japan to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (2014). He has served as Assistant Vice-Minister / Director-General for Global Issues since 2016.

Mr. Joseph Enyimu
at the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda
Mr. Joseph Enyimu

at the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda

Mr. Joseph Enyimu is a development economist with over a decade of experience in monitoring, analysis and communication of Uganda's economic development policy and its results. His experience spans development planning and finance within the context of national, regional and international development frameworks including Uganda's National, Development Plan, the African Peer Review Mechanism Programme, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He has also consulted for national and international agencies; and authored a range of research reports, policy briefs, and official publications. He holds a Master of Science in Economics and Social Studies Degree majoring in Development Policy and Practice. His areas of research interest include poverty reduction, private sector development, sustainable development and regional economic integration.

Mr. Nick Ishmael Perkins
Director of SciDev.net
Mr. Nick Ishmael Perkins

Director of SciDev.net

Mr. Nick Perkins became the director of SciDev.Net in March 2012. His passion is in promoting the presence of science in the vulnerable and underprivileged communities. He has worked as a journalist, media trainer and project manager for many years in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean. He co-founded Media for Development, a well-recognized consultancy advising in various areas of communication for development. Mr. Perkins also worked as a knowledge management and learning advisor for the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the UK-based NGO Healthlink Worldwide. He was the Head of Research Communication at the Institute of Development Studies before moving to SciDev.Net. He has received his postgraduate degree in Anthropology and Development.

Mr. Olivier Brochenin
Director of the Development Policy Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France
Mr. Olivier Brochenin

Director of the Development Policy Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France

Olivier Brochenin has headed the Development Policy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since September 2013. He previously hold a certain number of positions in relationship to development cooperation issues, such as at the cabinet of the French minister for development, or as deputy head of the French embassy in South Africa. Olivier Brochenin is a law graduate and an alumnus of the Paris Institute of Political Studies.

Ms. Eili Lepik
Adviser on sustainable development issues at the Strategy Unit, Government Office, Estonia
Ms. Eili Lepik

Adviser on sustainable development issues at the Strategy Unit, Government Office, Estonia

Eili Lepik works as sustainable development adviser at Estonian Government Office. She has master's degree in economics and has been working in sustainable development coordination since 2006. She has lead several sustainable development related projects, e.g. reform of Estonian Sustainable Development Commission, renewal of Estonian sustainable development indicators and compiling the Estonian review on implementation of 2030 Agenda. Eili has experience in presenting Estonian sustainable development coordination system at several international conferences. She is also taking part in European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN) and acts as Estonian focal point for European Sustainable Development Week.

Ms. Stine Lise Hattestad Bratsberg
CEO of PURE Consulting
Ms. Stine Lise Hattestad Bratsberg

CEO of PURE Consulting

Stine Lise Hattestad Bratsberg, the CEO of Pure Consulting and a former Olympic gold medallist on skis, has 20 years of experience in developing business strategies and communication. During the past seven years she has developed her competencies by specialising in the field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development. And when the UN began negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs, she directed her company to follow these negotiations and today PURE Consulting is the leading company in Norway with a special focus on the SDGs. Stine holds a Master Degree in business and management from BI, The Norwegian Business School; she is also certified as a consultant for the Kramer-Porter and Harvard Business School initiated “Shared Value Initiative” (http://sharedvalue.org/) and her company, PURE Consulting is the first and only Consulting Affiliate in Norway for the Shared Value Initiative. Stine is presently the Chair of the Business Forum on Sustainable Development and a member of the board of directors of The Polytechnic Association of Norway. And finally, Stine is presently the Co-chair of the UNEP project called Safe Planet.

Ms. Wardarina
Co-Chair and Program Officer of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
Ms. Wardarina

Co-Chair and Program Officer of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

Ms. Wardarina Thaib, Co-Chair and Program Officer, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development.
Ms. Wardarina Thaib is a Programme Officer of Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development - a feminist regional network with 180 members from women's organisation and rural, indigenous, migrant women organisation in 27 countries in Asia Pacific. Ms. Wardarina is also the current Regional Representative Asia Pacific to UNEP and represents APWLD/WMG in various regional and international forum on Post 2015 and SDGs. She is the co-chair of Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (AP-RCEM), a civil society platform of more than 450 organisations and has been leading and coordinating the work of RCEM Regional Coordinating Committee consist of 17 constituencies and 5 subregions focal points; The platform is initiated, owned and driven by the civil society organisations (CSOs), and has been set up under the auspices of UN-ESCAP and seeks to engage with UN agencies and Member States on the Post-2015 as well as other development related issues/processes.

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