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Strengthening the collection and use of Time Use Data, in line with international standards and in support of SDG monitoring (2020-2024)

There is an urgent need to support countries in strengthening their capacity to collect and use time use data, for better policies and approaches to implement the 2030 Development Agenda at local, national and regional levels. This urgent need has also been voiced by countries, when they adopted the International Classification of Activities for Time Use Statistics (ICATUS 2016) at the 48th session of the UN Statistical Commission in March 2017 and requested to operationalize the classification and to provide guidance on how to implement it to produce internationally comparable time use data, using the latest technology.

The project will contribute to building capacity in countries to produce and use time use statistics, in support of measuring and monitoring their national development plans and indicators, including SDG 5.4.1 on unpaid work, as well as other development issues such as employment and learning. The project is expected to develop and test methodological guidelines on how to modernize the collection, analysis and use of time use data. These guidelines will cover cost-effective tools and a sustainable model to institutionalize the systematic collection of these data. The guidelines will be available for use by all countries and will be widely promoted through regional training workshops. Furthermore, the project will also contribute to improved data/policies integration in target counties. This will be achieved through a series of national events to promote stronger collaboration between users and producers of time use data where participants will also identify/map which time use data are needed for which national development policies. improved data/policies integration in target counties.

Strengthening the capacity of least developed countries to develop evidence‐based, coherent and well financed strategies to implement the 2030 Agenda

This project aims to support four least developed countries to build capacities needed to develop and implement an NSDS, including the investment strategy that enhances
implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. The project seeks to leverage the expertise of several UN DESA divisions to assist these countries with addressing the capacity gaps, challenges and recommendations that they have identified in their respective VNR for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and with formulating concrete, actionable and effective solutions to address them. This capacity development support will contribute to effective monitoring, programming and financing of the NSDS as well as promote policy coherence in support of the 2030 Agenda, and therefore links with Belt and Road Initiative priorities 1 (policy coordination) and to some extent 3 (trade) and 4 (financing). UN DESA will work with the four target countries who either prepared and presented VNRs in 2016, 2017, and 2018 or will prepare a VNR in 2019. Existing VNR reports of these countries have identified a range of gaps, challenges and capacity building needs for effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda that UN DESA can help to address. These countries have also expressed interest in receiving UN DESA support to address them.

Municipal asset management for sustainable development in selected Least Developed Countries in Africa and Asia

The project aims to address the lack of systematic and long-term asset management at the municipal level in the four least developed countries (LDCs). The ultimate objective of improving municipal asset management is to help municipalities meet a required level of basic services, in the most cost-effective manner, through the management of physical assets (land, buildings, infrastructure) for present and future customers.  This objective is accomplished through enhanced lifecycle asset management and portfolio asset management.  Lifecycle asset management encompasses all practices associated with physical infrastructure and property so that decisions are made based on the lowest long-term cost rather than short-term savings.  Portfolio management involves managing groups of assets to maximize value and investment for the entire portfolio of assets rather than individual or single groups of assets.

The project will follow a four-pronged strategy, consisting of (i) helping target countries assess the needs of their municipalities in asset management by training central government officials in the application of a diagnostic tool to review municipal assets in a holistic and integrated way and identifying critical areas for improvements; (ii) training municipal officials in the formulation and implementation of customized asset management action plans (AMAPs) that can be effectively linked to a medium-term budget and a long-term sustainable development strategy; (iii) increasing the dialogue among different stakeholders, in particular between central government agencies and municipal authorities to better understand the impact of existing policies, laws and regulations on municipal asset management and explore areas of reform and improvement; and (iv) sharing lessons learned and general policy recommendations with other LDCs. Accordingly, the project should result in the creation and implementation of AMAPs in the target countries in support of sustainable development, as well as a comprehensive publication of policy lessons that provides general guidance to other municipal governments in LDCs. Municipal governments in target countries (no more than 3 per country) will be chosen in consultation with the cooperating entities and national governments to ensure the project can leverage existing work of partner agencies and fits well into national sustainable development strategies. To make sure the proposed AMAPs will be implemented and lead to concrete actions on the ground, specific attention will be paid to ensuring that the sequencing of recommended actions is tailored to the municipal context; existing skills and technologies are considered and municipal ownership is ensured.

Strengthening the capacity of Small Island Developing States in monitoring and developing durable partnerships

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, calls for special attention be given to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), as they face unique vulnerabilities in their pursuit of sustainable development.

A key request from the outcome of the 2014 Third International Conference on SIDS – the SAMOA Pathway – was the establishment of the SIDS Partnership Framework, designed to monitor progress of existing, and stimulate the launch of new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS.

Guided by a member States driven Steering Committee, the framework has since its launch ensured that SIDS partnerships have remained high on the UN’s agenda, providing a multi-stakeholder platform for reviewing progress made by SIDS partnerships, and for sharing of good practices and lessons learned among all stakeholders, on an annual basis.

There is a need to ensure the monitoring process of SIDS partnerships includes all relevant stakeholders. In addition, to ensuring sustainability and longevity, it is crucial to raise the capacity of stakeholders in SIDS in developing and forging new, genuine and durable partnerships.

Member states have called upon UN DESA and the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) to enhance the necessary analytical and advocacy support for the work of the Steering Committee, and, in particular, to ensure an annual action-oriented, results-focused Global Multi-Stakeholder Small Island Developing States Partnership Dialogue.

The project is expected to result in an in-depth analysis of existing SIDS partnerships, a strengthened process for monitoring of SIDS partnerships on national, regional and global level, and an increased capacity of all relevant stakeholders in the development of durable multi-stakeholder partnerships for SIDS.

The project will be carried out by the Division for Sustainable Development Goals of UN DESA through a broad and inclusive consultation process with SIDS and relevant experts and stakeholders.

Bridging capacity gaps of select SIDS to achieve the 2030 Agenda

This proposal seeks to support seven (7) SIDS to strengthen their capacities to develop and implement appropriate enabling legal, institutional and policy frameworks to grow sustainable ocean-based economies and to derive economic benefits from harnessing the productive potential of their ocean spaces. This will be achieved through interventions designed to strengthen policies, legal and institutional frameworks and technical capacities for effective decision making and implementation of planned priorities at national and/or regional levels as they relate to SDG 14.

This project will be implemented by the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Unit of Division of Sustainable Development (DSD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The activities in the Pacific will implemented in collaboration with the International Seabed Authority. Other regional partners include the Commonwealth Secretariat (ComSec), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) agencies including the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC/SOPAC), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP).

Building Capacity to Access Financing for Implementation of the UN Forest Instrument and Sustainable Forest Management in Niger

This project responds to the decision of the 11th Session of the UNFF to strengthen and upgrade the UNFF Facilitation Process to the GFFFN, to assist developing countries and countries with economies in transition to access funds for implementing SFM of existing and emerging financing mechanisms. The project also aims at generating valuable lessons on how to operationalize the GFFFN in time for the Forum’s 12th session, which will consider and approve priorities for the UNFF GFFFN work. Specifically, this project responds to a request from the Government of Papua New Guinea for assistance in building capacity to design a project proposal for a multilateral donor on sustainable forest management.