On September 2015, the Agenda 2030 was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. Six months after this historic event, evidence abounds that the SDGs are coming to life. Countries around the world are aligning their national development plans with the new goals.
Many governments have called on the UN to support them in this endeavor. The United Nations Development Group (UNDG), comprised of over 30 UN agencies, is responding to these requests, guided by a common approach (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support) which builds on our long experience in supporting countries to achieve their development objectives.
The Sustainable Development Goals are Coming to Life – Stories of Country Implementation and UN Support provides insights into the range of actions and partnerships for the roll-out and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the country level.
This publication provides a glimpse into the early efforts of 16 countries to bring the global SDGs to life, and the role United Nations Country Teams play in the process.
It illustrates how these countries are beginning to integrate the 2030 Agenda into visions, strategies and plans at the national, subnational and local levels.
The country efforts include raising public awareness, seeking engagement of different stakeholders, adapting the SDGs to national and local contexts, increasing coherence across policy areas and between levels of government, assessing risk and strengthening monitoring and accountability mechanisms.
The Government of Cabo Verde, in partnership with the UN, convened an international conference on the ‘Sustainable Development Goals in Middle-Income and Small Island Developing States (SIDS)’. In the run-up to the UN Sustainable Development Summit, the event contributed to the global discussions on the specific needs of SIDS in the context of the the new universal agenda on sustainable development.
The Government of Mauritania undertook a Rapid Integrated Assessment with UN support to inform its new Strategy of Accelerated Growth and Shared Prosperity for 2016–2030. The results showed that 92 SDG targets are represented in the existing strategic framework, suggesting good integration so far, with gaps to be addressed.
Despite a devastating decade-long civil war (1991–2001), Sierra Leone made significant progress towards achieving the MDGs. However, in 2014–2015 the country was hit hard by the Ebola crisis as well as a coincidental collapse in international iron ore prices presenting a considerable challenge for the country’s Vision 2035 of becoming a middle-income country.
Uganda is one of the first countries to align its national planning processes to the 2030 Agenda. In 2014, its government committed to integrating the SDGs into its 2015/16–2019/20 National Development Plan (NDPII), which was formally launched in mid-2015.
Egypt has endorsed both the global 2030 Agenda and the regional African Union Agenda 2063, which strives to enable Africa to remain focused and committed to the ideals envisaged in the context of a rapidly changing world.
Morocco’s national priorities are derived from its 2011 constitutional reforms with a focus to: complete the democratic transition and strengthen human rights; improve its economic viability…
Somalia is recovering from three decades of internal struggle, which led to large numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons, an economy dependent on remittances and international aid, and levels of insecurity that remain among the highest in the world.
Indonesia has been involved in the SDGs since their early conception in 2012 when former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was appointed as a Co-Chair of the High-Level Panel of eminent persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
While Pakistan struggled to meet the MDGs, due in part to a lack of awareness and ownership early in the process, the SDG era is being met with early political commitment and national ownership.
The Philippine government has embraced the need for the country to mainstream the SDGs into its next national six-year development plan (2017–2022) and the 25-year development programme called ‘Ambisyon Natin (Our Ambition) 2040’.
Georgia is enjoying a favourable start to implementation of the SDGs due to the government’s demonstrated ownership of the SDG agenda and a national consensus about the importance of the new global goals for the country’s development.
Montenegro’s ambitions as an ‘ecological state’ pursuing a sustainable development path stem from the 1990s and were reflected as early as 1992 in the text of the Constitution.
Following the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015 where the President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, demonstrated his support to the 2030 Agenda and the country’s commitment to realize the SDGs the country established a joint government–UN SDG Task Group consisting of 20 national agencies.
The Government of Brazil has been a long-standing champion of sustainable development as the host of the 1992 Earth Summit and the 2012 Rio+20 Conference.
In February 2016, the Government of the Dominican Republic issued a Presidential Decree to enact a High-Level Inter-institutional Sustainable Development Commission with the mandate to oversee and implement the 2030 Agenda.
On the initiative of the President of the Republic, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, El Salvador decided to give a special boost to the implementation of the new 2030 Agenda in the country.