UNDP Knowledge Exchange Programme starts in Manila

More than 260 international participants, Govt. Officials and SDG Leaders joined the UNDP Asia-Pacific 2nd Annual Knowledge Exchange Programme regarding the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  in Manila, Philippines, on October 2nd 2017.

The 3-day event will be focusing on approaches towards integrating 2030 agenda into National Strategies, from localizing these ideas from national to sub-national and vice versa, and to include every entity of the society to play its role for better tomorrow.

During the opening remarks, Mr. Haoliang Xu, Regional Director for Asia-Pacific UNDP, said that since the adaptation of Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, countries in Asia-Pacific region had moved fast to establish institutional regiments to promote coordination and policy coherence across sectors to align national and sub national developments with SDGs and to assess availability of data and the capabilities to monitor their problems. He also appreciated the role of Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) to help its broadcasting members to devise such media policies to promote SDGs for their respective audience.

Various SDG Leaders participating in the event endorsed that many Asia-Pacific countries had worked hard to identify priorities and set targets in such a short time, and beyond aligning the strategies, these countries have also worked on various models to integrate SDGs in their budgetary process, but still there is a long way to go.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of 17 "Global Goals” with 169 targets among them. The agenda for these goals was headed by United Nations involving 193 countries on 25th September 2015.

The target set for these Sustainable Development Goals is 2030 by UNDP, although countries are realizing the importance of SDGs but there is a big challenge on involving all the stakeholders and giving them awareness regarding their responsibilities to accountable other stakeholders.