SDGs agenda is powerful opportunity to blur lines of North and South

The first from left to right, Layla Saad, RIO+ Centre´s Deputy Director, participates in an interactive panel on SDGs follow-up and review at the seminar held by IASS in New York on 12-13 May. Photo: IISD

The first from left to right, Layla Saad, RIO+ Centre´s Deputy Director, participates in an interactive panel on SDGs follow-up and review at the seminar held by IASS in New York on 12-13 May. Photo: IISD

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a mighty chance to soften the divide between developed and developing nations, underscored the representative of the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) in a panel that took place last week in New York.

“The universality of the SDGs agenda, which makes it applicable to rich and poor countries alike, provides a powerful opportunity to blur lines of North and South dynamics”, said Layla Saad, the Deputy Director of the RIO+ Centre, at a high-level seminar on ‘Follow-up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, which convened from 12-13 May 2015, in New York.

In an interactive panel on the current discussions around post-2015 development agenda follow-up and review, Ms Saad also observed that it will be essential for the SDGs accomplishment to secure citizens’ ownership of the agenda. Asked by participants on the matter of partnerships, she commented that “richer countries like to talk about partnerships like we are all equal” and called for a better distinction between “collaborations” and true “partnerships.”

The seminar was held by the Institute for the Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), based in Potsdam, Germany, along with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Biovision Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland, and Millennium Institute in Washington DC, the United States. The Reporting Services of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) published a full coverage on the event at the link http://www.iisd.ca/post2015/nr-mechanisms

You can also see the full agenda of the event in a news at https://riopluscentre.org/2015/05/11/ny-high-level-event-focuses-on-governance-as-a-means-to-achieving-the-sdgs/

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