Civil Society and Agenda 2030
20th April 2017
June 21, 2017
Meeting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was held on June 21, 2017 at the UN House in Belgrade. The meeting was aimed at reviewing linkages between EU Accession Agenda and the Agenda 2030. The meeting was facilitated by the Team Leader from the Sustainable Development Cluster of the UNDP Regional Istanbul Hub and supported by Ms Catherine Haswell, Officer in Charge from UNECE Geneva Programme Management Unit.
The session with civil society partners that fea were invited to join was aimed at reviewing the role of the civil society sector in the SDG related endeavors.
The one-day forum allowed stakeholders to participate actively with the objective of exploring the principles of the Agenda and the specific SDGs, in light of the EU Accession process, to determine synergies and opportunities that promote development gains in the country. This will set the basis for longer term engagement on SDG related issues possibly through MAPS (approach developed by the UN development group to assess the mainstreaming, acceleration and policy support perspectives of SDGs) mission to be considered for late 2017 upon the official request from the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
The specific objectives of the consultations in the Republic of Serbia was to review with key government, civil society and donor partners the following issues:
Present to the audiences in Serbia the key steps in SDG implementation and localization with practical references to the best practices from other European countries and as applicable from other relevant Middle Income Countries from the wider Region.
Review opportunities for linking in concrete terms the SDG monitoring and reporting to SEE 2020 and other existing monitoring instruments in place to track the progress made towards EU accession. Given extensive interest and existing development partners activity in this area collect evidence and define a common coordinated approach for the future.
Review key existing data sources that could be used to engage later in the year in conducting the relevant pre-MAPS Mission desk reviews
Identify common objectives of using the EU accession chapters as ‘acceleration’ opportunities to progress on sustainable development – this would specifically focus on interpreting ‘leaving no-one behind’ in the context of EU accession as well as those areas that are mapped in the center of the above infographics designed for Serbia specifically.
Present the Financing for Development approach in the EU accession country’s context and discuss the central role of EU pre-accession funds and private sector active engagement through Global Compact in the processes
UNCT Serbia has developed a preliminary map that presents an overview of the ongoing EU accession process (clearly marking open chapters and those that are yet to open) and SDGs (making distinction between those SDGs that could be relevant for Serbia and those that were marked by the Government as priority). The infographics below shows this analysis.