Ensuring that No One is Left Behind: Unlocking MOI for SDGs and creating an enabling environment
Monday, 18 July 2016
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The 2030 Agenda highlights that a critical element for the achievement of its Goals and targets and for ensuring that no one is left behind is the successful mobilization of both existing and additional resources, including financial resources, technology development, and capacity building. To meet the ambition of the SDGs, the Agenda set forth means of implementation targets under Goal 17 and under each of the other sixteen Goals. It also has the Addis Ababa Action Agenda as its integral part, which supports and complements to contextualize the 2030 Agenda’s means of implementation targets and outlines policies and actions that are critical for the realization of the SDGs.
The 2030 Agenda emphasizes that the SDGs can be met within the framework of a revitalized Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. It reiterates that each country has primary responsibility for its own economic and social development, and emphasizes that international public finance plays an important role in complementing the efforts of countries to mobilize public resources domestically, especially in the poorest and most vulnerable countries with limited domestic resources. At the same time, the Agenda emphasizes that national development efforts need to be supported by an enabling international economic environment, including coherent and mutually supporting world trade, monetary and financial systems, and strengthened and enhanced global economic governance. The Agenda also highlights the key role of private business activity, investment and innovation as major drivers of productivity, inclusive economic growth and job creation.
A dedicated follow-up and review for the financing for development outcomes as well as all the means of implementation of the SDGs is carried out by the Economic and Social Council forum on financing for development follow-up, whose inaugural session was held in New York from 18 to 20 April 2016. The forum affirmed a strong commitment to the full and timely implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. Also in the context of the follow-up and review of the implementation of 2030 Agenda, the first annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs was held in New York on 6 and 7 June 2016. The Forum highlighted that it is critical to assess how sciences and technology can be mobilized to provide solutions to our biggest challenges and repurposed to achieve the SDGs.
The session will highlight the efforts made since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda to mobilize the means for its implementation, particularly in the areas of finance, private business engagement, science, technology and innovation, and capacity building. The session will also discuss lessons learned, prospects and challenges in these areas, with an emphasis on how means of implementation can contribute to the objective of leaving no one behind. The session will be informed by the agreed conclusions from the ECOSOC forum on financing for development and by the Co-chairs’ summary of the first multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the sustainable development goals.
Possible questions for discussion:
- What has been the progress made since the adoption of the Agenda to mobilize means of implementation for all the SDGs?
- How can financing, science, technology and innovation, and capacity building be best mobilized to ensure that no one is left behind?
- Moving ahead, what are the main prospects and challenges with respect to the means of implementation in relation to the 2030 Agenda
- H.E. Mr. Hector Alejandro Palma Cerna, Deputy-Permanent Representative of Honduras to the UN and Vice President of ECOSOC
- H.E. Mr. Ardalan Shekarabi, Minister for Public Administration of Sweden
- H.E. Mr. Neven Mimica, EC Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development
- H.E. Ms. Michelle Muschett, Vice Minister of of Social Development and technical secretary of social cabinet of Panama
- Mr. Vaughan Turekian, Science and Technology Adviser to the US Secretary of State
- Mr. Douglas Frantz, Deputy Secretary-General of OECD
- Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda
- Mr. Axel Bertuch-Samuels, Senior Advisor on Financing for Development and United Nations relations at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)