Series of round tables
A series of virtual round tables dedicated to the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals was held on April 19-22, 2021. In view of the need to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the revitalization of the so-called "Decade of Action", the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Network of Development Partners on Decentralization and Local Governance (DeLoG), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly organized and hosted a series of virtual round tables on the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Asia-Pacific region.
The round tables discussed four key factors that contribute to creating an enabling environment for SDG localization, namely: (i) Multi-level governance, policy coherence and institutional development, (ii) Funding for the SDGs at the subnational level, (iii) Data management and Monitoring of SDG localization, and (iv) Multi-stakeholder engagement, partnerships and knowledge sharing. Each of the listed factors was held in a separate panel session on each of the planned days and the number of participants in the sessions exceeded 300 people.
The 2030 Agenda highlights the need for an inclusive and localized approach to the SDGs. Although many countries have made significant progress in integrating the SDGs into national development plans and strategies, the localization of the SDGs (LSDG) is still a challenge. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of strengthening service delivery and the role of subnational governments in this regard.
At the first panel session "Multi-level Governance, Policy Coherence, and Institutional Development", on April 19, 2021, the following items were discussed:
At the second panel session "Financing for SDGs at the Subnational level", on April 20, 2021, the following issues were discussed:
Kazakhstan: Integrating the SDGs into the national planning and budgeting process; a clear understanding of the financial needs associated with the SDGs; the importance of diversifying funding sources
Mongolia: (Orkhon Province): The legal framework for SNG financing needs to be refined to ensure that projects are funded from multiple sources (including the private sector)
Khambar Bakytgul, Director of the Sustainable Development Goals Secretariat of the Institute of Economic Research JSC, made a presentation on Kazakhstan's experience in integrating the SDGs into the national planning and budgeting process. In her speech, the speaker noted that government revenues remain the main component of development finance, the composition of financing is shifting towards a gradual increase in dependence on private finance, and domestic and international private finance is becoming larger. The speaker also presented the specifics of localization in Kazakhstan and spoke about the possibilities of the budget system at the local level, shared the main results of the Assessment of development Financing.
At the third panel session "Data Management and Monitoring for localization of SDGs", on April 21, 2021, the following topics were presented:
At the final fourth panel session "Multi-Stakeholder Engagement, Partnerships, and Knowledge and Closing Session", on April 22, 2021, current and possible ways of cooperation, knowledge sharing were discussed and the results were summed up.