Papers from 2024

The first workshop of 2024 was held on the 5th of February and was on SDG 16 and its Interlinkages with other SDGs – Challenges and Opportunities.

It was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations in New York on behalf of the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development in cooperation with the United Nations Development.

“Our world is in peril — and paralyzed” … “global governance is stuck in time”…..”Let us be determined to heal divisions and forge peace. Determined to realize the Sustainable Development Goals and leave no one behind. Determined to reform multilateralism for the 21st century and come together for the common good”.
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, address to the General Assembly, 19 September 2023

As we approach the final stretch of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the need to address the underlying enablers of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has never been more urgent.

SDG 16 stands as a cornerstone in this integrated framework, at a time when “structural injustices, inequalities and emerging human rights challenges are putting peaceful and inclusive societies further out of reach” (2023 SDG Report).

In the lead-up to HLPF 2024, where SDG 16 will be reviewed for the penultimate time before 2030, it will be key to galvanize member states and the international community into accelerated action on peace, justice and inclusion.

This workshop aspires to serve as a forum for discussions and insights on the multi-dimensional impact of SDG 16, including its critical role in advancing climate action and progress for all the SDGs.

The workshop will focus on SDG16, its interlinkages with the 2030 Agenda, and its indicator framework – including its potential for improving critical understanding of the governance-related drivers of sustainable development. The workshop will also explore strategies for improving the availability of high-quality SDG 16 data to inform policies that uphold human rights and ensure just and inclusive governance.

● To emphasize the integral role of SDG 16 in the broader 2030 Agenda, highlighting interlinkages with other SDGs and its synergy with SDG 13 on Climate Action, which will also be reviewed at the 2024 HLPF. , NY 10017
● To exchange successful strategies and policies that accelerate progress on SDG16 and have the potential to advance other interconnected SDGs.
● To understand progress and challenges in achieving SDG 16, including looking at available data on SDG 16 indicators


9:15- 10:25:  Session 1   SDG16 Data and Indicators Framework

Welcome and introduction by Session 1 Moderator: Ms. Andreea Mocanu, Deputy Permanent Representative Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations

Keynote speech H.E. Cornel Feruţă Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations

Showcasing Best Practices on Reporting for SDG 16 – Alan E. George, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations (PowerPoint Session one speaker 2 Alan George, Showcasing SDG 16 Reporting In Sierra Leone )

“To be a custodian”: Fireside chat between Moderator and the UNDP Global Policy Centre for Governance, Marianne Neves, Is the Governance Statistics Specialist for the UNDP Oslo Governance Center

“Spotlight” on SDG16: Perspectives from Stakeholders’ Reporting Processes – John  Romano, Director, Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network


10:25-10:35: Coffee Break

Session 2: SDG 16 Interlinkages

Welcome and introduction by Session 2 Moderator Ms Minke van der Sar Senior Policy Officer at the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations.

Called away for Mission Business Showcasing Best Practices – Daniel Zavala Porras, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations

“Connections that matter”: understanding SDG16 interlinkages: Julia Kercher, Team Leader, Research and Innovation, UNDP GPC for Governance (online)  (PowerPoint  Session 2 speaker 2 Julia Kercher UNDP SDG 16 Interlinkages Studies – Jan 2024)

Role of civil society and multi-stakeholderism – Margaret Williams, Associate  Director, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies (PowerPoint  Session 2 Speaker 3 _Maggie Williams)

Governance challenges shared by the SDGs and the Summit of the Future – Jan Gustav Strandenaes – Senior Adviser on Governance, Stakeholder Forum

“Transforming institutions to achieve the SDGs after the pandemic” – World Public  Sector Report 2023 – David Le Blanc, Chief, Institutions for Sustainable Development  Goals Branch, UN DESA


11:50-12:00: Coffee Break

12:00- 12:50: Session 3 Building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions to advance climate action

Welcome and introduction by Session 3 Moderator Ms. Meriem El Hilali, Counsellor Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations (called away for the LLDC Prepcom)

Showcasing Best Practices: Lisa Segovia, Advisor Climate (Climate and Security, Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness, Climate and Finance Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations (called away for the LLDC Prepcom)

A “deep dive”: Peace, just and inclusive societies to advance climate action: Mr Jamil Ahmad, Director in the UNEP New York Office


12:50- 1:00: Session 4 Conclusions

Moderator Ms. Andreea Mocanu, Deputy Permanent Representative Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations

Felix Dodds, Director, Rob and Melani Walton Sustainable Solutions Service, Arizona State University


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