The UN is collecting input from stakeholders on implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, ahead of a UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Thematic Debate on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
24 March 2016: The UN is collecting input from stakeholders on implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, ahead of a UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Thematic Debate on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The thematic debate will convene at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 21 April 2016. The programme includes five focus areas, on which stakeholders are asked for ideas and information: action by national governments; financing poverty eradication and sustainable development through public and private sources; technology and data for SDGs, including improving access to technology and capacity for technology development; partnerships for the implementation of SDGs; and climate action in the context of sustainable development, to ensure coherence of implementation.
The event seeks to increase international awareness and political momentum around SDG implementation, and to address the synergy between the outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015 and the 2030 Agenda. It will also provide an opportunity for political, business and civil society leaders to discuss steps forward and develop partnerships for implementation.
An online questionnaire for stakeholders requests information on actions being taken to: initiate implementation, especially with regard to localizing the agenda and assessing national capacity; create an enabling environment, including adapting institutional arrangements and legislation; and anchor policies in the SDGs while also aligning with existing plans and global commitments, such as the intended Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The questionnaire also seeks views on steps that should be taken to ensure stakeholders work together meaningfully, and asks what specific contributions participants intend to make.
Responses are being made available online. [Online Questionnaire for Stakeholder Contributions] [Compilation of Stakeholder Input] [Thematic Debate Webpage] [IISD RS Story on Thematic Debates]