Workshop on Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development Planning and Implementation
27 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
New York
Since the Rio Summit of 1992, Integrated planning for, and implementation of, national sustainable development strategies have remained challenging. Member States noted this challenge by recognising in the Rio+20 Outcome Document the inadequacy of sector-based strategies, and called for “holistic and integrated approaches to sustainable development” (paragraph 40) and the “need for more coherent and integrated planning and decision-making at the national … level” (paragraph 101).

To “provide leadership and guidance” (paragraph 2) in addressing the complex challenges of achieving sustainable development, “a new multilateral governance architecture” was created: the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. At its first inaugural meeting in July 2014, the HLPF highlighted the “intrinsic interlinkage between poverty eradication and the promotion of sustainable development,” … and … “underline[d] the need for a coherent approach that integrates in a balanced manner the three dimensions of sustainable development”: economic, social and environment. One of the primary tasks of the HLPF is to review and follow-up on sustainable development commitments and objectives in an integrated and holistic manner which, from 2016, will include conducting national reviews of implementation progress of both developed and developing Member States. Nevertheless, information pertaining to the progress accomplished by Member States since 2012 and the associated real-world evidence-based success stories is lacking from official documents and the broader literature. Such information could be useful for examination at the next HLPF meeting in mid-2015.

On the other hand, notable progress has been achieved among many Member States in designing and adopting national SD strategies and plans which integrate environmental, social and economic dimensions and recognise their inter-linkages. Despite this progress, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) Synthesis of National Reports for Rio+20 in 2012 underscored the lack of significant implementation of such plans and strategies, citing major problems with integration, inclusion, and coherence. The focus remains on economic growth and poverty reduction, while integration of other social and environmental considerations often lags behind.

Experience over the last two decades has demonstrated the inadequacy of sectorial and silo-based planning approaches to address complex global and national SD challenges whose interdependencies and inter-linkages transcend individual sectors and national borders. National governments are now faced with developing and implementing strategies, plans and policies that target systemic transformation and stabilisation. This demands the acknowledgement and a better understanding of the dynamic interdependence and interconnectedness of numerous complex systems and sub-systems — such as water, energy and ecosystems — and the impacts and changes they will undergo from various future threats, including climate change.

While many of the solutions, methods and tools already exist, several institutional architectures, performance targets and metrics, budgeting processes, and accountability and enforcement mechanisms, are not conducive for an integrated systems approach. This, coupled with conflicting interests, insufficient human capital and institutional capacity to adopt an integrated systems approach, are the underpinning causes for uneven implementation of SD commitments and plans, and critical obstacles for achieving SD goals.

It is against this background that the UN-DESA Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) is holding a workshop on Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development Planning and Implementation as part of its follow-up programming Key Priority 1 for Advancing Sustainable Development: "Strengthening institutions and governance systems and building capacities for … integrated planning and implementation". The workshop aims at bringing countries together to share their experiences on integrated planning. The outcome of the event will also constitute a potential input to the third HLPF meeting. It will build upon the previous workshop and final report on “Mainstreaming Sustainable Development in National Development Strategies” held in October 2013, as well as the two synthesis reports: i) Synthesis of National Reports for Rio+20; and ii) Synthesis of Energy-Related Issues Highlighted in National Reports of Rio+20.

Target Audience:

Participants will consist of a wide spectrum of key stakeholders, including senior and mid-level technical government officials; representatives from Major Groups; civil society and academia; and United Nations Country Team members and other relevant international organizations staff. Participants from both developing and developed countries will be invited in order to ensure the representation of diverse experiences and broad knowledge sharing, while encouraging discussions around implementation issues.
Statements & Presentations

Number of statements/presentations: 36

Session 1
David O’Connor, Chief, Policy Analysis and Networks Branch, DSD, UNDESA
Proposal of SDG goals and targets: an integrated framework
Günther Bachmann, Director, German Council for Sustainable Development
The German Sustainable Development Strategy and SDGs
Adele Catzim-Sanchez, CEO, Ministry of Forestry Fisheries and SD
Belize’s National Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy: Lessons from the integration process
Patrick Birungi, Director, Development Planning, National Planning Authority
Translating the Global Agenda into National Goals: A Case of Uganda’s NDPII
Alan AtKisson, President AtKisson Group; and Kate Raworth, Oxford University
Two Tools for Working with Sustainable Development in an Integrated Way
Session 2
SheepaHafiza, Director BRAC Gender Justice & Diversity, and Migration Program
Lhaba Tshering, Chief Planning Officer, Gross National Happiness Commission
Djaanfar Abdouroihamane, Présidence de l’Union des Comores, Commissariat Général au Plan
Nihal El-Megharbel, PhD, Deputy to the Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform
Claire Bernard, Planning Institute of Jamaica
Jordan (In absence)
Mutasim Al-Kilani, Chief Sustainable Development, Ministry of Planning
Ayodele Akele, Executive Director, Labour Health and Human Rights Development Centre
Luminita Ghita, Head of Sustainable Development and Public Policies, Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests
Mr Baba DRAME, Coordonnateur national du PAGE
Sudan (In absence)
Agric. Eng. Hassabo M. Elhag, DG Natural Resources & Sustainable Development
Gervais T. MEATCHI, Directeur de la Planification et des Politiques de Développement
Session 3
Gervais Tchao, Meatchi, Directeur, Planification et Politiques Publiques
Mainstreaming SD into the Togo National Vision and Development Plan
Adriana Briceno Lopez, Ministry of Planning and Economic Policy (MIDEPLAN)
The path of the Millennium Development Goals at the Sustainable Development Goals and its connection and coordination with the National Development Plans: Costa Rica
YOO Beom Sik, Director, Research Strategy and Planning, Environment Research Institute
Mainstreaming SD to National Planning: the RoK case study
Session 4
Luis Gonzalez Morales, UN Statistics Division, DESA
Towards an indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda
Temesgen Walelign, DG, Bureau of M&E, National Planning Commission
Strengthening Policy Coherence for SD Planning and Implementation in Ethiopia
László Pintér, Professor, Central European University and Senior Fellow and Associate, IISD
Optimizing the Science-Policy Interface for Monitoring Sustainable Development Results
Session 5
Günther Bachmann, Director, German Council for Sustainable Development
The German 2nd Peer Review – Process and Outcomes
Nguyen Le Thuy, Deputy DG, SD Office, Ministry of Planning & Investment
The Vietnam National Voluntary Presentation: Process, Results and Recommendations for SDG Reviews
Tounao Kiri, Spécialiste de programme, Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (IFDD)
Revue par les pairs: Un outil potentiel de pilotage de la mise en oeuvre des ODD pour le FPHN?
Neil Pierre Chief, Policy Coordination Branch, OESC/DESA
2007- 2015 National Voluntary Presentations - Lessons Learned for the Post-2015 Scenario
Marco Sánchez, Economic Affairs Office, DPAD, UNDESA
Modelling tools to support evidence-based policy decision making for sustainable development
Camaren Peter, Extraordinary Senior Lecturer, School of Public Leadership, Sustainability Institute, South Africa
Modelling and Integration for SDG-Oriented Planning in the Developing World
Jeffrey Crawford, SD Officer, DSD, UNDESA
Sustainable Development Planning and Strategy Formulation: An Integrated Systems Approach
Session 6
Francois Fortier, Interregional Adviser on Policy and Planning, DSD, UNDESA
The Political Economy of Sustainable Development
John Holmberg, Vice-President, Chalmers University, Sweden
Stakeholder Engagement and Participation
Daniel Sherrard, Provost, Earth University, Costa Rica
Education as an Enabler of Sustainable Development
Yoon Jong Soo, Head of Office, UNOSD, Incheon, Korea
Brokering Knowledge and Partnerships for SD-the Role of UNOSD
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