UN MGCY Statement
High-Level Political Forum
18 July 2016
Session 19: Ensuring That No One is Left Behind Unlocking MOI for SDGs and Creating an Enabling Environment
Link to Statement:
2016 HLPF – UN MGCY Statement in Session 19
Thank you for giving us the floor. I am speaking on behalf of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth.
Policy driven by technology, science, innovation, and knowledge will be the cornerstone of the implementation of all the sustainable development frameworks.
Technology application and design should be fit for purpose,and “fit for users.” This means that community-driven development, adoption, and use of new technologies and mix-use with local and indigenous knowledge are essential. In this regard, major groups and other stakeholders, at the local level should be engaged.
Appropriate deployment of MoI must be contextualised for local capacities. City to city and regional cooperation helps compliment any lack of capacity through sharing of similar contexts and circumstances. Local and subnational governments are critical actors in this regards. Habitat III will give an opportunity to operationalise STI initiatives at the local level in a coherent and multi level manner.
One of the biggest challenges is to manage the mobilised flow of private sector resources which have the ability to strengthen or undermine efforts around sustainable development.
To effectively regulate the flow, countries should put in place the appropriate enabling environment which operationalizes integration of social and environmental risks into economic activities.
When the fruits of development have mostly been absorbed by the super rich, we should ask ourselves what needs to be done to fix this. Before mobilising private sector just because it sounds like the trendy thing to do, we must reconstruct our economic and social architecture to be able to fairly distribute the outcomes and resources of our endeavors.
We must also equitably redistribute the outcomes of extraction activities from planet and people, while remaining within planetary boundaries. It is urgent to put in place policies that price negative social and environmental externalities to discourage economic activities that produce such impacts.
Accountability for PPP should be firmly integrated into the system by instituting ex ante and ex post community based assessment and their environmental, social and economic impacts.