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Capacity building of Pacific SIDS to incorporate the Mauritius Strategy into national sustainable development strategies

Background:

In the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI), “small island developing States reaffirmed their commitment to meeting the sustainable development goals and priorities contained in the Programme of Action by, inter alia, more effective utilization of available resources and reinforcing their national sustainable development strategies (NSDSs) and mechanisms.”

The project will strengthen institutional capacity of small island developing States to prepare and implement national sustainable development strategies.  The project will initially conduct a regional midterm review of the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation in Asia and the Pacific in line with Resolution (A/62/191) Follow-up to and implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (para. 12).  To enable implementation of effective national sustainable development strategies and mechanisms in these States, the project will expand earlier evaluations of national sustainable development strategies by DESA and ESCAP to all least developed small island developing States in the Pacific.  Based on the outcomes of the regional mid-term review and these evaluations, the project will provide technical assistance, including through South-South Cooperation among small island developing States within the Pacific as well as in the Caribbean (ECLAC), to strengthen institutional capacity and facilitate knowledge sharing on national sustainable development strategy preparation and implementation among small island developing States in the Pacific which are also least developed.  Technical assistance aimed at strengthening the application of sustainable development and strategic planning principles could reinforce links between planning and the budget processes; ensure wider participation and greater involvement by stakeholders to ensure genuine consensus in strategy formulation and implementation; and enable functional integration among the economic, social and environmental objectives.

Objective:

To build the capacity of small island developing States in the ESCAP region to implement the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation through strengthening national sustainable development strategies and reviewing its implementation.

Expected Accomplishments:

  • Greater awareness of the sustainable development agenda for small island developing States

  • Enhanced institutional capacity of small island developing states in Asia and the Pacific to prepare and implement national sustainable development strategies.

Implementation Status:

During 2010, the mid-term milestone of the Mauritius Strategy decade, this project had significant impact on building the capacity for member States to report on their efforts to achieve sustainable development and to identify strategies to further accelerate progress. The activities conducted have enabled the Pacific region to effectively engage in the global review of the Mauritius Strategy and to agree on possible regional strategies for achieving sustainable development at the national level.

Outputs include completion of national assessment reports in 12 of the Pacific small island developing States; a regional report on Sustainable Development in the Pacific; and adoption of a resolution on the Five-Year Review of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (66/2) at the 66th session of the Commission for Economic and Social Development of Asia and the Pacific. Knowledge sharing through regional dialogues has also been a focus and is an essential element of capacity building.

The outcomes to date have clarified the needs of the Pacific SIDS and the required direction for the remainder of the project’s activities.