Friday, 15 July 2016
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Regions provide a vital bridge between global frameworks and national development agendas, and regional implementation informs global and national policymaking and normative agenda-setting through the exchange of experiences and perspectives and the fostering of peer learning. Regions also serve as an important nexus where feedback loops from bottom to top, and vice versa.
Regional level cooperation further provides a space for deepening regional integration efforts and for elaborating effective public policies among countries of similar circumstances and beyond.
In accordance with paragraph 90 of the 2030 Agenda, Member States have been called to identify the most suitable regional entity in which to engage for following up and reviewing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, building on existing mechanisms and successful experiences. Important progress has been achieved in various regions in recognizing the Regional Forums on Sustainable Development (RFSDs) as platforms for regional follow-up and review . The RFSDs organized by the United Nations Regional Commissions in collaboration with various partners in the lead up to the 2016 HLPF, played an important role in identifying regional challenges, lessons learned and action specific to regional settings, in relation to the HLPF theme of “Ensuring that no one is left behind” and the overall 2030 Agenda follow-up and review.
Specifically, they looked how to support countries in their region, in particular countries in special situations, to enhance their capacity for implementation of the 2030 Agenda; how to identify regional trends, share best practices and lessons learned at the regional level; how to support follow-up and review of progress on the 2030 Agenda and sustainable development goals at the regional level; and how to tailor their support to the needs and specificities of each country in their respective regions.
In addition to the UN Regional Commissions, other regional and sub-regional implementing actors play an important role as partners in the attainment of sustainable development. Several have already made significant progress in mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda in their work and policy support. This session will hear from presentations of these stakeholders in an interactive roundtable.
Possible questions for discussion:
- What are the best practices and lessons learned we can draw from regional experience in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and specifically in relation to the HLPF theme of “Ensuring that no one is left behind?”
- What has been identified so far as the biggest challenges in different regions to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and sustainable development goals?
- How can regional platforms help ensure that no one is left behind in achieving the sustainable development goals?
Chair / Moderator:
- H.E. Mr. Oh Joon, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN and President of ECOSOC
- H. E. Mr. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Chair of the Asia Pacific Regional Forum and Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, Sri Lanka
- H.E. Ms. Ghada Waly, Minister of Social Solidarity, Egypt, relating the outcome of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development
- H.E. Mr. Janis Karklins, Chair of the ECE Regional Forum and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia to the United Nations in Geneva
- H. E. Mr. Juan José Gómez Camacho, Chair of the Latin America and Caribbean Forum and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations
- Mr. Amjad Mohammad Saleh Al-Moumani, relating the outcome of the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development - 2016, Deputy Permanent Representative Of the Mission of Jordan to the United Nations
- H.E. Mr. Badre Eddine Allali, Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Social Affairs Sector of the League of Arab States
- H.E. Mr. Virachai Plasai, Thailand, Coordinator on the Sustainable Development Goals of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
- H.E. Ms. Sherman-Peter, Permanent Observer of CARICOM to the United Nations
- Mr. Christian Friis-Bach, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ECE and Coordinator of the Regional Commissions
- Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
- Ms. Rima Khalaf, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCWA
- Ms. Alicia Barcena, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ECLAC
- Ms. Giovanie Biha, Deputy Executive Secretary for Knowledge Delivery of ECA