“World leaders have an unprecedented opportunity this year to shift the world onto a path of inclusive, sustainable and resilient development” – Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator
At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.
The SDGs, otherwise known as the Global Goals, build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015. The MDGs, adopted in 2000, aimed at an array of issues that included slashing poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and access to water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.
The new Global Goals, and the broader sustainability agenda, go much further than the MDGs, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people.
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark noted: “This agreement marks an important milestone in putting our world on an inclusive and sustainable course. If we all work together, we have a chance of meeting citizens’ aspirations for peace, prosperity, and well being, and to preserve our planet.”
The Global Goals will now finish the job of the MDGs, and ensure that no one is left behind.
What is UNDP’s role with the Global Goals?
All 17 SDGs are connected to UNDP’s Strategic Plan focus areas: sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding, and climate and disaster resilience. Goals Number 1 on poverty, Number 10 on inequality and Number 16 on governance are particularly central to UNDP’s current work and long-term plans.
UNDP supports countries in three different ways, through the MAPS approach: mainstreaming, acceleration and policy support.
- Providing support to governments to reflect the new global agenda in national development plans and policies. This work is already underway in many countries at national request;
- Supporting countries to accelerate progress on SDG targets. In this, we will make use of our extensive experience over the past five years with the MDG Acceleration Framework; and
- Making the UN’s policy expertise on sustainable development and governance available to governments at all stages of implementation.
Collectively, all partners can support communication of the new agenda, strengthening partnerships for implementation, and filling in the gaps in available data for monitoring and review. As Co-Chair of the UNDG Sustainable Development Working Group, UNDP will lead the preparation of Guidelines for National SDG Reports which are relevant and appropriate for the countries in which we work.
UNDP is deeply involved in all processes around the SDG roll out. We are bringing our extensive programming experience to bear in supporting countries to develop their national SDG efforts.
Our advertisement about SR Asia Conference 2015 in BUMN Insight Magazine month August. The magazines are circulated among the state-owned companies in Indonesia.
We had a Radio Talk Show about SDGs , the Theme was “Dukungan CSR untuk Pembangunan Berkelanjutan” – in English “The Support of CSR on Sustainable Development” on Monday, August 24, 2015, at 8-9AM, in Kabar Pagi Session, KBR Radio Station.
The talk show was aired by KBR and more than its 100 local radio-station partners across Indonesia provinces.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is currently under discussion and being debated globally before it will be published in September 2015. The SDGs draft covers 17 goals including strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing global partnership for sustainable development.
That goal is critical because a number of organizations are engaged in sustainability initiatives; yet sustainability challenges remain or the impacts of such initiatives may not be significant. Global partnership will help organizations to synchronize knowledge, resources, expertise, and finance to address common sustainable development initiatives such as SME empowerment, community development and green productivity.
Social Responsibility Asia – SR Asia, as a networking organization promoting sustainability through social responsibility is organizing The 4th SR Asia International Conference on the theme of “Welcoming SDGs: Global Partnership for Sustainable Development” (called “the Conference”) in November, 2015 in Indonesia.
It is all about sustainability and social responsibility, at international level!
SR Asia invites companies and other organizations to submit papers on sustainability and social responsibility. Selected papers will be presented in The 4th SR Asia International Conference in November 2015, in Jakarta, Indonesia.
See here to get more information about the Call for Paper.