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GA & ECOSOC alignment on 2030 agenda

Alignment of work of GA and ECOSOC on 2030 Agenda

As delivered Statement  by H.E. Peter Thomson, the President of the General Assembly in the briefing to Member States on Consultations aimed at enhancing synergies and coherence and reducing overlap in the agendas of the UN General Assembly, the ECOSOC and their subsidiary bodies, in light of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable […]

29th Session: Implementing the 2030 Agenda in the Arab States

UNESCWA(west Asia) Ministerial

Minsterial Session, 29th

Held every two years, the Ministerial Session is the governing body of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Ministers and high-level member State officials from across the region convene to discuss the activities of the Secretariat, its future work programme, and key economic and social development issues facing the region.

The 29th Ministerial Session of ESCWA is being held from 13 to 15 December 2016 in Doha, Qatar, on the theme: “2030 Agenda- Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the National Level”. The session will comprise two segments: the senior officials segment (13-14 December), and the ministerial segment (14-15 December).

Main theme and study:

As the world enters the post-2015 era, and member States of the United Nations start taking ownership of implementing the 2030 Agenda, the Arab region faces particularly daunting development and security challenges. However, as participants in shaping the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, Arab countries are adamant about seizing the opportunities provided by the Agenda to galvanize regional and global support to achieve much needed progress in their societies and economies. Central to this drive is the realization that a new approach to achieving development is needed, one that looks at challenges comprehensively and addresses them in a holistic and multi-layered manner. Hence ESCWA presents to its member states, during the 29th session, a flagship study on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda that attempts to shed light on the challenges of national implementation and ways to overcome them. Three Ministerial panel discussions examine approaches to implementation, covering respectively: (1) external and internal challenges member States are facing in implementing the 2030 Agenda, (2) the impact of conflict and occupation on implementing the 2030 Agenda, and (3) proposed tools, methods, and projects required to assist member States in achieving the seventeen goals.



United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) resolution 72/6 ‘Committing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific’ requests the Executive Secretary to “strengthen support to member States in their efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda in an integrated approach, inter alia, with analytical products, technical services and capacity-building initiatives through knowledge-sharing products and platforms, and to enhance data and statistical capacities”.

In addition, Member States, in the third session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) highlighted how the 2030 Agenda provides an opportunity to shift away from “business as usual” and to more effectively address multi-sectoral challenges. More holistic approaches that integrate the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development were seen as indispensable to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

In response to this, ESCAP is holding a week dedicated to enhance understanding of the key challenges for effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals – ESCAP SDG Week. Over the course of five days, ESCAP SDG Week will facilitate dialogue amongst experts on challenges involved in effective implementation of the sustainable development agenda and tools and support available, including through ESCAP, to strengthen peer learning and capacity development to advance progress on the 2030 Agenda.

ESCAP SDG Week will make full use of already-planned Expert Group Meetings (EGMs) and events as described under the ESCAP’s programme of work for 2016-2017 by putting them under a comprehensive concept and integrated approach exploring how ESCAP might adapt policy formulation and capacity development to address the new needs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This platform will be a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders from government, academia, the international community, civil society and the private sector and provide them with: (1) an enabling environment for knowledge sharing and engaging in technical level discussions on different aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and; (2) the opportunity to provide feedback on the support required from ESCAP and other development partners as they prepare to implement the 2030 Agenda for sustainable Development at the national level.

The 5-day event will address key aspects of the 2030 Agenda that were highlighted and discussed in the third session of the APFSD. Given their relevance and the need to foster technical expertise to respond effectively to the challenges of implementation, ESCAP SDG Week will focus on:
– The 2030 Agenda follow up and review process
– Means of implementation
– Support to countries with special needs
– Support implementation at the local level and urban governance
– Integrated approaches for SDG planning – the case of SDG 6
– Trade, investment and technology
– Gender
– Youth and the 2030 Agenda
– International Investment Agreements (IIAs)
– Macroeconomic Policies and sustainable development in the region
– Agricultural trade for sustainable development


UN Foundation Private Dialogue on the Global Agenda

Check against delivery Opening remarks by H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session, at UN Foundation Private Dialogue on the Global Agenda 19 October 2016   Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, good morning to you all. Thank you, Kathy and the UN Foundation for the invitation to speak today. I am constitutionally averse to […]