Expert dialogue on effective follow-up and review for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

1 Dec 2016 to 2 Dec 2016
Bangkok, Thailand

An effective, systematic and transparent follow-up and review framework is critical for ensuring implementation of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is recognized by the 2030 Agenda, the Future We Want and related UN General Assembly resolutions, that all make reference to follow up and review, including at the regional level. The General Assembly resolution 70/299 which was adopted in July 2016 provides guidance on follow up and review.

But while effective follow-up and review at the national, regional and global levels is viewed as critical for effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda, there is a lack of clarity on what follow-up and review constitutes, and how to put it in practice. This expert dialogue is an opportunity for experts in diverse areas to meet with government officials responsible for implementing the 2030 Agenda to share perspectives and propose guidance on follow-up and review.

The discussion will explore SDG progress monitoring based on data and statistics and also address key issues such as effective stakeholder engagement in the context of follow-up and review; how to identify priority actions to address SDGs that may lack progress; and appropriate institutional arrangements for follow-up and review, among other topics. The meeting will also discuss how regional follow-up and review can support effective national follow-up and review.

The expert dialogue is being held as a part of ESCAP SDG Week which will feature many other events geared towards strengthening implementation efforts. It follows the adoption of the General Assembly Resolution on follow-up and review (70/299) and the agreement by ESCAP member States in 2016 that the annual Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) will serve as a platform for supporting follow-up and review of progress on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals at the regional level.

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