Planning tools will help governments to implement the SDGs

The RIO+ Centre will produce planning tools and methodologies to make sustainable development a cross-cutting strategy in public policies in order to support national and subnational governments to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This new generation of development goals will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), whose deadline expires this year, from 2016. The SDGs are a key element of the Post-2015 Development Agenda to be adopted at a UN summit that will take place in New York on 25-27 September.

This new line of action of the RIO+ Centre was discussed at an event held in Lima on 8 December on the margins of the 20th Climate Change Conference (COP20). The “International Seminar: planning tools for the implementation of sustainable development and the SDGs at the subnational level” was organized by the Centre in collaboration with the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD) and the Rio de Janeiro State Government.

The NRG4SD is a non-profit international organization representing subnational governments and associations of subnational governments in the field of sustainable development at global level.

During the seminar, the participants reflected on challenges and opportunities to make sustainable development a cross-cutting strategy for public policies. What’s more, representatives of subnational governments exchange experiences in dealing with the need of integrating their public policies through a sustainable development cross-cutting strategy – such as the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro and Catalonia, a Spanish province.

The event had the following speakers: Pedro Spadale representing the Rio de Janeiro state government, Enric Llebot, nrg4SD Co-Chair of the North and Secretary for Environment and Sustainability in Catalonia Government; Emilio Lèbre la Rovere, Professor at the Energy Planning Program, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he leads the Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change; Kishan Khoday, Regional Practice Leader for Energy & Environment, Arab States, UNDP Regional Center in Cairo; and Adriana Conconi, Research officer, Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative.

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