Reporting progress on the 2030 Agenda: Navigating through the maze of the 17 goals

19 Jul 2017 by Eunice Kamwendo, Strategic Advisor, UNDP Africa

As countries implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, they face competing demands. There is the desire to embrace the entire framework as a whole on one hand, and the need to be practical and focused to achieve each goal, on the other. As UNDP supports SDG reporting at the country level as well as in the global arena, part of our role is to help countries tackle this and other challenges along the way. The global, regional and country reporting that was largely adopted for the Millennium Development Goals was goal-by-goal reporting. This might have worked well with fewer goals, but it also served to reinforce the sectoral approach to development. There is a need to think through options for reporting the SDGs in ways that would enhance integration effects and synergies, as well reduce the burden of reporting on all goals at the same time without taking our eyes off the objectives of the entire agenda. The annual High Level Political Forum (HLPF) offers a model that could be instructive. Held under the theme “eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”, the 2017 HLPF was convened this week and last at the UN Headquarters. This is a great platform for tracking progress on … Read more

Revamped APRM is now tracking African Union Governance commitments. Should it still be voluntary?

05 Jul 2017 by David Omozuafoh, Programme Advisor, APRM and Governance Assessment, UNDP Africa

Guinea citizens line up to vote during the presidential elections. Aspiration 3 of the AU Agenda 2063 calls for an Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law. UNDP Photo
The APRM was set up in 2003 by African Union Member States as a voluntary tool to assess political, economic and corporate governance, and socio-economic development in countries, and ensure policy conformity. 36 of the AU’s 55 members have acceded to the APRM, and 21 have been peer-reviewed at the Head of State and Government level. … Read more

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