HLPF 2016: 14/7 – Session 12 – National mechanisms for monitoring progress and reporting on implementation for the achievement of SDGs

UN MGCY Statement
High-Level Political Forum
14 July 2016

Session 12: National mechanisms for monitoring progress and reporting on implementation for the achievement of SDGs

Link to Statement:
2016 HLPF – UN MGCY Statement in Session 12

Thank you for giving us the floor on this very important matter. Before commenting on monitoring and reporting, we would like to express our disappointment that we were not given space to share our views on the importance of children and youth in the session about creating national ownership of the 2030 Agenda and the undeniable need for children and youth to participate in design and implementation of policies, plans and strategies to mainstream the 2030 Agenda in its entirety at national level.

Participation of major groups and other stakeholders, including children and youth, in the monitoring, follow up and review is an absolute requirement at all levels .

One of the most critical parts of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is establishing a rigorous country level review process that truly succeeds in leaving no one behind. For these to be effective they need to include diverse perspectives, including those of children and youth, in planning, policy making, monitoring, data generation and collection, and review, at all levels.

We’d like to recall paragraph 74d of the 2030 Agenda, that calls for the national follow-up and review processes to be open, inclusive, participatory and transparent for all people and to the support reporting of all relevant stakeholders. We’d like to hear from Member States how they have worked to fulfill this in the context of children and youth so far, and how they plan to do so in the future.

Additionally, the guidelines and modalities of formal national reviews, at the national level should officially recognize and incorporate the shadow reports and inputs from MGoS across all thematic areas, especially since these inputs can help fill any gaps in the government’s data collection, reporting and evaluation efforts.

“Leaving no one behind” means that those closest to the grassroots and to the people that the 2030 Agenda targets, must be seen as partners in the important work around follow-up and review.

On the subject of data, we call for all governments and their NGOs to further invest in data collection on the situation of children and youth living in vulnerable circumstances and that a dialogue with experts and partners is opened and maintained to ensure that those children and youth that are now “invisible” in official statistics are brought to light.
We call for the promotion of innovations in technology that support participatory monitoring and accountability, and enable children and youth to collect data. When children and youth help determine what data is collected and are enabled to collect data themselves, the resulting data can be more responsive to local contexts.

What we really need is to have young people – represented by their representative structures involved in setting up and delivery of the national review. Therefore the policy-designing processes as well as the national reviewing process needs to be transparent in order to allow National Youth Councils for example to accompany these processes in a critical way. This has already been agreed in para 127[C] in the Johannesburg PLan of Action over a decade ago. Independent National Youth Council or grouping of youth-led organisations do not stand for their own but for their member organisations and the great amount of young people they represent.

Therefore national governments also have to provide the possibility for these organisations to broadly consult the greatest possible amount of young people in their countries, – which might require significant time and resources.

Where national councils for sustainable development exist, there must be a seat for young people in those councils. This space for youth is currently not guaranteed in many cases.

We urge you to realize that your young people are in fact a valuable asset and not a hindrance to the national monitoring and review process!

In addition, we want to highlight a thematic point in regards to the other questions here. National mechanisms should include clear mechanisms for the inclusion of thematic reviews for all three dimensions of sustainable development.

Thank you.

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