Inter-regional Workshop on Experiences and Lessons Learned from the ECOSOC National Voluntary Presentations


Since their inception, the National Voluntary Presentations have been critical instruments to review the status of implementation of the MDGs and other internationally agreed development goals at the national level and share experiences globally.

In the wake of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, UN DESA organized a workshop to take stock of eight years of National Voluntary Presentations and to contribute to the preparations for the follow-up and review of the implementation of the new sustainable development goals. The inter-regional workshop provided an opportunity to reflect on the experience of participating in the National Voluntary Presentations with a view to strengthen future review processes.  Participants formulated recommendations for the UN system to strengthen national capacities for using goal-oriented, evidence-based, and participatory frameworks in the formulation, implementation and review of policies and strategies for sustainable development. The 2015 inter-regional workshop also allowed to facilitate the sharing of experiences and lessons learned from the NVP progress reviews among senior government officials and experts that have been involved in the process with a view to strengthen future reviews as a basis for policy-making.


Organized by UN DESA with a strong support and participation of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the workshop brought together representatives from more than twenty countries, coming from government capitals and delegations to the United Nations. Participants had been part of the NVP process since its inception and represented all continents. Experts from different divisions within the United Nations  Department of Economic and Social Affairs facilitated the discussions.

  • Agenda
  • Concept note
  • Survey
  • Summary
  • Statements-Presentations
    Session I Lessons learned from the NVP exercise
    Presentation of the ECOSOC AMR/NVP (Mr. Navid Hanif, Director, OESC/DESA)
    Mr. Belachew G. Gutulo, Counsellor,  Permanent Mission to UN, Ethiopia
    Mr. Easton Williams, Director, Social Policy, Planning and Research Division, Planning Institute, Jamaica
    Session II NVP reviews: what were the missing elements?
    Mr. Luis Alexandro Diaz Silva, Director Social Division, Ministry of Planning, Chile
    Session III NVP effects on national policy-making and review processes
    Ms. Rocío Pérez Mendoza, Director for Economic and Social Affairs, Mexico
    Mr. Adeyemi Fajingbesi, Economic Policy Analysis Centre, Nigeria
    Mr. Wanchat Suwankitti,  Senior Policy and Plan Analyst, Head of Social Policy Monitor Unit, NESDB, Thailand
    Session IV IADGs/MDGs as Framework to Measure and Review Development Progress
    Mr. Ivo Havinga, Chief, Economic Statistics Branch, Statistics Division/DESA
    Mr. Bimerew Alemu Dessie, Strategic Planning and Management Office Coordinator, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ethiopia
    Session V Capacity gaps to conduct goal-oriented reviews of progress
    Mr. Oscar Leonardo Enríquez Sánchez, Economist and Ministerial Delegate National Secretary of Planning  and Development (SENPLADES), Ecuador
    Mr. Kenneth Owusu, technical Advisor, National Development Planning Commission, Ghana
    Mr. Easton Williams, Director, Social Policy, Planning and Research Division, Planning Institute of Jamaica
    Session VI Institutional setting for integrated policies
    Mr. Alan AtKisson, Independent Advisor to DESA: tools and DESA pilot case experiences in Belize and Togo
    Ms. Mirna  Mariscal Ayaviri, Director of Macroeconomic Analysis, UDAPE, Bolivia
    Mr. Ivo Havinga, Chief, Economic Statistics Branch, Statistics Division/DESA – the critical importance of data: the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting
    Session VII
    Mr. Ousmane Diallo, Consultant, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
    Smaller groups will reflect together on the previous two days of presentations and discussions, and begin to distil a set of proposed key messages to be communicated from the workshop to the international community. Break-out groups will be by region and/or choice of working language preference
    Keynote address – Mr. Lenni Montiel, ASG, DESA
    Session VIII Informing development policies: an integrated assessment tool package
    Ms. Diana Alarcon, Chief, Development Strategy and Policy Unit, DPAD/ DESA - Integrated assessment: balancing physical limits, economic determinants and social aspirations
    Mr. Mark Howells, KTH - Fine tuning the promotion of renewable energy: an integrated assessment for Mauritius
    Mr. John O’Toole, Senior Interregional Advisor, DSPD/DESA
    Mr. Eduardo Zepeda, Interregional Advisor, DPAD/DESA
    Session IX Economy-wide modelling and micro-simulation to inform development policy
    Mr. Marco Sanchez, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, DPAD/DESA - The economic driver of development: economy-wide modelling and microsimulation
    Mr. Rafael Osorio, Applied Economic Research Institute (IPEA), Brazil- The use of microsimulation and social impact analysis to inform social policies
    Mr. Eduardo Zepeda, Interregional Advisor, DPAD/DESA - Systems Dynamic Energy Modelling- DESA’s approach (evidence from Bolivia and Uganda)
    Session XI Closing Statements
    Mr. Lenni Montiel, ASG/DESA