What are the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 objectives - negotiated and agreed to by all 193 world governments in 2015 - to end extreme poverty, achieve decent work for all, promote justice, peace and prosperity, and protect the natural environment from human-caused harms.
The SDGs are a universal agenda of sustainable development, calling on all nations to pursue a holistic strategy that combines economic development, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. The goals require collaboration and partnership of multiple parties, including central and local government, non-government organizations, media and the private sector.
Highlighting both challenges and opportunities for the next 12 years, they are a practical tool for governments, institutions, local communities, civil society organizations and businesses to work together towards a common and clear set of targets.
Why are SDGs important?
- The SDGs are a historic agreement that outline priorities for a more prosperous, fair, and sustainable world;
- They are a unified and unifying plan of action for communities and people everywhere;
- They are a common framework which is easy-to-understand, measurable and time-bound;
- They are a way to hold governments to account and ensure that real progress is being made towards these objectives.
Please visit the Sustainable Development Goals section at www.undp.org to learn more about the SDGs.
What is the project about?
The ‘Supporting the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Mongolia’ project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aims to support the national mechanisms for the coordination of the SDGs implementation, the alignment of national planning, the budgeting, financing and monitoring frameworks within the Agenda 2030, and relevant capacity building and advocacy efforts. The support will be centered on strengthening a whole-of government and society approach for translating the 2030 Agenda and Mongolia's long term vision into action.
As the government is now under the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) reform program, the project will also engage in policy dialogues with the IMF and other international financial institutions and development partners to ensure the reform programme considers social and longer-term sustainability issues.
Mongolia, along with other UN Member States, has adopted the SDGs Agenda 2030 in 2015, announcing its commitment to sustainable development. This was followed by Mongolia's long-term Sustainable Development Vision 2030 (SDV), developed and adopted by the Parliament in February 2016, which uses the Agenda 2030 as basis.
Overall, the project seeks to address a number of challenges which both the implementation of the SDV and the 2030 Agenda are facing. These include:
- Unclear institutional coordination arrangements and institutional capacity constraints;
- Lack of realistic costing and financing strategy;
- Lack of policy coherence and short-term planning horizon;
- Weak local governance systems and sub-national (vertical) policy coherence;
- Monitoring and Evaluation system not integrated in decision-making;
- Limited stakeholder involvement;
UNDP continues to lead the SDGs mainstreaming in collaboration with relevant ministries, the National Development Agency, the National Statistical Office, Ulaanbaatar City Municipality, provincial governments, research institutions and the media.
On the communications side, the UN System in Mongolia has been jointly contributing to an awareness campaign to promote the SDGs among the public. The campaign strategy covered a series of activities on media engagement, production and dissemination of advocacy material, organization of events and promotion of digital and youth engagement, in addition to capacity building. Different media outlets were strategically and consistently utilized through meetings and orientation through, for instance, interviews with Unread.today, Undesnii Shudan daily, and Bloomberg TV. Furthermore, Mongolian Observer magazine did a cover story on UN work and the SDGs, for which 17 pages were dedicated to show the importance of those goals in the national context. Aligned with related initiatives, Mongolian National Broadcast (MNB) and The UB Post also created and disseminated articles on SDG-related activities.
Nine Mongolian artists, including Sydney-based Mongolian artist Heesco, helped us reaching the crowds on SDGs.
What are the project goals?
‘Supporting the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Mongolia’, short for SDG Project, aims to assist the Mongolian government in the effective implementation of the SDGs and SDV in Mongolia by providing technical assistance and capacity building support.
The proposed project is taking a phased approach whereby Phase l will focus on assessing the effective implementation of the SDGs and the SDV. It will use the assessment findings to develop a comprehensive roadmap for the SDGs and SDV implementation. A full project document to support the roadmap implementation will be developed to guide Phase 2.
During Phase 1, SDG 'accelerators' will be identified which will help focusing UNDP's support to the implementation of the SDGs 2030 Agenda in Mongolia on specific SDGs and priorities. It will provide building blocks for setting up a platform supporting the 2030 Agenda and encouraging all development partners, and in particular the UN, to align their support under one umbrella and approach.
Key Result Area 1: Multi-stakeholder partnerships are established to support innovative approaches for SDG acceleration
- Capacity of parliamentarians and committees strengthened to support SDG implementation;
- Partnerships strengthened with private sector, civil society and population groups based on their needs;
- Mongolia’s visibility on SDG achievement elevated at a global level;
Key Result Area 2: Planning, budgeting, M&E and financing frameworks aligned with 2030 Agenda:
- Legal basis for development planning strengthened;
- Elevated institutional coordination mechanisms;
- Alignment of national and sub-national strategies, policies supported;
- Capacity building and policy advisory support to ‘localizing’ SDGs;
- Development finance flows analysed and integrated financing frameworks developed;
- Integrated modeling tools, tools for understanding SDG interactions, rolled out to support prioritization and sequencing.
Key Result Area 3: Data eco-system strengthened using innovative approaches to facilitate evidence-based solutions and accountability:
- Roadmap for filling data gaps developed;
- Analysis to identify and track vulnerable groups and joint development partner advocacy to ensure that ‘no one is left behind;
- Innovative solutions developed to fill data gaps, particularly for SDG 16 (Peace and Justice);
- SDG data platform and performance dashboard developed;
- M&E system established and strengthened, SDG reporting;
Who finances it?
The indicative overall project budget required is $800,000. UNDP’s initial contribution of $230,000 is to be viewed as the seed funding that should leverage additional resources from government, development partners, other UN agencies and private sector.
Who are our partners?
Experts from UNDP’s Bangkok Regional Hub from the Inclusive and Sustainable Growth Team and the Governance Team will provide technical inputs and advice to deliver the above-listed outputs.
The Cabinet Secretariat, National Development Agency, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs, Ministry of Health, National Statistical Office and line ministries, as well as sub-national government entities are the core partners of the project.
In addition, the project will seek opportunities for greater involvement of the parliament standing and sub-standing committees, relevant agencies, private sector and civil society.
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