The RIO+ Centre’s Deputy Director, Layla Saad, will take part this Tuesday 12 May in an interactive panel on “Current discussions on the follow up and review mechanisms to ensure the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. The panel is part of the High‐Level Event on “Follow‐Up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals” taking place on 12-13 May at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York. Ms Saad will speak on issues of participatory implementation and review based on the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) experience, looking forward to the SDGs, as well as considering implications for natural resource management in particular.
Between 50 and 70 representatives from Member States, UN organizations, ministries, science and academia, civil society, and the private sector are expected to participate in the event, which is organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Biovision Foundation and Millennium Institute and co-hosted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). For more information, please see http://www.iass-potsdam.de/en/content/high-level-event-follow-and-review-mechanisms-sdgs.
Since the 18‐22 May session of the post‐2015 inter-governmental negotiations (IGN) has selected follow-up and review as its main topic, this prior high‐level event is well timed to address some of the key issues to be debated the following week. It will, amongst other issues, discuss institutional and non-institutional mechanisms and frameworks that can effectively connect the national with the regional and global levels and facilitate management of transboundary issues and related collective action as well as encourage wide and inclusive participation at all levels.
The panel on Day 1, in which the RIO+ Deputy Director is participating, will also have contributions from Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza, Chairperson of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) (to be confirmed); Marion Barthelemy, Chief of the Intergovernmental Support Branch at the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA); David O’Connor, Chief of the Policy and Analysis Branch also at UNDESA; and Kate Donald, Director of the Human Rights in Development Program at the Center for Economic and Social Rights.
Participation in the New York high-level event follows the RIO+ Centre’s efforts to engage more deeply in global discussions looking forward to Implementation of the SDGs and pathways to ensuring significant achievements by 2030. It also expands on our support to SDGs processes in Brazil since 2014 and is part of our growing collaboration with IASS in a common effort to promote integrated sustainable development, inclusive pathways and sound governance approaches. The SDGs is one of the RIO+ Centre’s core work-stream areas for the programming period 2015-2017.
For more information on our work on the SDGs, please see:
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