HLPF 2016: 13/7 – Session 9 – Mainstreaming SDGs into National Policies, Plans, and Strategies

UN MGCY Statement
High-Level Political Forum
13 July 2016

Session 9: Mainstreaming SDGs into national policies, plans and strategies and integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development

Link to Statement:
2016 HLPF – UN MGCY Statement in Session 9

Thank You.

2030 Agenda means transformative, ambitious change, not incremental change.

For ambitious change, governments need to take 2030 Agenda as a whole, integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development, extremely seriously in national planning processes – and not by squeezing in the SDGs and targets under current government policies and priorities. It should be through overhaul of strategies, budgets and plans. Unfortunately, from conversations we’ve had with people from various countries and regions, we’re concerned that too few countries seem to be taking the necessary steps to move forward with sufficient urgency. The 2030 Agenda states “We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path”. To all those Member States here present today, are you really ready to live up to that ambition?

What we also need to take into account and mainstream in national policies and plans are other sustainable development-related frameworks that feed into the HLPF, and we need to do it in a way that ensures coherence between all these frameworks and with the 2030 Agenda.

The Major Group for Children and Youth calls for policies that include major groups and other stakeholders; especially youth and children through designated spaces. What does this mean? It does NOT mean sending out mass e-mails to only specific organisations focused on environment or development, it does not only mean launching an online public consultation – this is not enough. What we really need is to have young people, represented by their representative structures, and youth-led organisations who take part in policy design, implementation and review. Where national commissions for sustainable development exist, there must be a seat for young people in those commissions. This space for youth is currently not guaranteed in many cases.

“To leave no one behind” also means to include diverse perspectives in planning processes and policy making, including those of children and young people. We would like to ask the panellists and discussants how much young people’s perspectives have been included in designing national implementation and engagement mechanisms?

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