UN Webinar on Sustainable Development Goals: Implementation – draft notes for delegates

Summary:  Means of implementation and the Global Partnership

The area I am to examine is the Means of Implementation and global partnership for the sustainable development goals.  What follows is an abstract of points 60- 71 which is followed by an attempted analysis and commentary. Apologies for the formatting – it is cut and paste from the main word document I have.

Key Link:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.html

In essence the focus is:

  • Point 60 and 61 the focus is to reaffirm our strong commitment to the full implementation of this new Agenda and realise the equal importance for the Goals and Targets and establish equal priority in implementation
  • Point 62 A revitalised global partnership for sustainable development supported by policies and actions outlined in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda 3
    • domestic public resources,
    • domestic and international private business and finance,
    • international development cooperation,
    • international trade as an engine for development, debt and debt sustainability, addressing systemic issues and science, technology, innovation and capacity-building, data, monitoring and follow-up.
      • Comment: Addis Ababa Action Agenda 3 Third International Conference on Financing for Development (Addis Ababa Action Agenda), adopted by the General Assembly on 27 July 2015.
      • Pont 63 Cohesive nationally owned sustainable development strategies, supported by integrated national financing frameworks, will be at the heart of our efforts.
        • Comment: Recently there has been some funding cuts in AUS AID
      • Point 64: We support the implementation of relevant strategies and programmes of action
        • Comment here are sited several programs of action including Istanbul Declaration and Programme of Action and African Union’s Agenda 2063
      • Point 65 we recognize that middle-income countries still face significant challenges to achieve sustainable development.
        • Yes middle income countries have their own issues which need to be addressed. This is quite a balancing act.
      • Point 66, Underscore that public policies and the mobilization and effective use of domestic resources, underscored by the principle of national ownership, are central to our common pursuit of sustainable 3 Resolution of the The Addis Ababa Action Agenda.
        • Comment on National Ownership – to be honest I am not sure how this can be possible except for developing a national culture of sharing
      • Point 67 Private business activity, investment and innovation are major drivers of productivity, inclusive economic growth and job creation.
  • Point 68 International trade is an engine for inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction, and contributes to the promotion of sustainable development.
    • Comment: Jury still on the effect of the proposed Australian free trade Agreement but this may or may not be an area of value
  • Point 69 we recognize the need to assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability through coordinated policies aimed at fostering debt financing, debt relief, debt restructuring and sound debt management, as appropriate.
    • Comment: This is where a combination of Govt, NGO and TNC based initiatives could assist
  • Point 70 – Technology Facilitation Mechanism which was established by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda in order to support the sustainable development goals.
    • Comment – what does this mean – I interpret it as a cloud based platform to achieve a series of specific operational goals.
  • The UN Task Team on Science Technology and Innovation (STI) for SDG will promote coordination, coherence and cooperation within the UN system on STI. This specifically involves a Multi- stakeholder forum on STI for SDGs.
  • An on-line platform will be used to establish a comprehensive mapping of, and serve as a gateway for, information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programmes, within and beyond the UN.
  • The Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science Technology and Innovation for the SDGs will be convened once a year, for a period of two days,
  • The meetings of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) will be informed by the summary of the Multi- stakeholder Forum
  • Point 71: We reiterate that this Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, including the means of implementation are universal, indivisible and interlinked.

Comments for implementation:

 

Referring to an earlier comment about national ownership may I make the following Reflections/ commentary?

  • Federal decision making initiatives
    • Federal Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s UN Statement September 2016
    • National support thought leaders and doers: –  Healthy Skin Fiji http://loreto.org.au/raising-awareness-about-albinism-in-fiji/
    • National independence in how we address SDGs
    • Digital National Leadership:
      • Social media engagement
      • Digital community SGD groups in the context of The UN Task Team on Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Point 70
      • @plu on Twitter if you would  like to connect with me in this context. https://twitter.com/plu
  • State Based Decision making initiatives
    • Leverage our school professional association such as the PTC of NSW for workshops into incorporating the goals into curriculum planning meetings.
    • Academic organisations such as the Geographical Society of NSW which have committee membership from universities around NSW
  • Local based decision making initiatives
    • Linkages with Local Council and their initiatives. Our schools has 200 boarders and students from dozens of local urban councils. So if we model a local council initiative then our students can do the same thing in their local community. For example Hornsby Council Community groups include:
      • Bushland management
      • Catchment remediation
      • Floodplain risk management committee
      • Homelessness task force
      • Bushfire management committee
      • Heritage advisory committee
      • Local Hawkesbury estuary management committee
      • Sydney coastal councils group
      • Hornsby and Central coast advisory council of community relations
    • School Based community decision making initiatives
      • Outreach
      • Exodus Foundation
      • Loreto Rural Partnership

 

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