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Guest Article #59: Teaching Silos to Dance: A Condition to Implement the SDGs [viewed]

"Breaking down the silos" has become again a vivid call, even a mantra, in debates on governance for sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in recognition of its comprehensive, holistic and systemic approach. A workshop on leadership organized by SITRA (Finland) in June, a blog post by Asa Persson (Stockholm Environment Institute) and sessions at the HLPF in July 2016 are just a few of the recent fora where silo-breaking has been addressed. But what is actually meant by it? What do people imagine when they call for breaking down the silos? Now that the HLPF has ended, it is useful to consider possible answers, to inform ongoing and future work on the ground.

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UNDG Launches Publication on National SDG Implementation [viewed]

sdg_are_coming_to_life20 July 2016: On the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN Development Group (UNDG) launched a publication on translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into practice in 16 countries. At the launch side event, representatives of the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Montenegro, Pakistan and Sierra Leone presented their experiences and challenges related to SDG implementation.

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HLPF Hears First-ever Voluntary National Reviews on SDGs [viewed]

hlpf_ban_ki_moon19 July 2016: Thirteen governments gave the first-ever Voluntary National Reviews, reporting on efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in their countries. The VNR presentations began on the second day of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) Ministerial Segment. The reports - provided by Mexico, Morocco, Switzerland, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Norway, Madagascar, Georgia, Turkey, Finland, Samoa, Uganda and Germany - emphasized the need to: modify existing national economic and development planning processes; engage different government departments and broader technical expertise; develop indicators and collect data; and ensure high-level leadership.

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World Bank, UNDP and Countries Discuss SDG Implementation Factors [viewed]

hlpf19 July 2016: On the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), officials from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and governments discussed experiences with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so far, and identified factors to consider for their implementation.

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UNEP Inquiry Highlights Green Finance in 13 Developing Countries [viewed]

UNEP Logo18 July 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System has published a report highlighting the diverse experiences of 13 developing countries in directing finance toward sustainable development aims. Launching the report to coincide with the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), UNEP emphasized the need for financing at the level of US$5-7 trillion each year to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Governments, Local Authorities, Stakeholders Discuss National SDG Planning [viewed]

hlpf15 July 2016: Representatives of national and local governments and stakeholders discussed concrete challenges, opportunities and efforts at the local level for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event, titled 'How can national-level strategic planning ensure that no one is left behind,' took place on the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). It was organized by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Independent Research Forum and the Government of Sweden.

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HLPF Considers National Monitoring, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

hlpf201615 July 2016: Everyone is responsible for implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, participants stressed throughout the first week of discussions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Key messages emerging from these discussions highlighted social inclusion as critical for sustainable development, and the importance of addressing inclusion in education, labor and political institutions and policies.

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Local Governments, UN Agencies Launch Roadmap for Localizing SDGs [viewed]

ucgl_undp_habitat_nrgsd15 July 2016: Representatives of local and regional governments and UN agencies discussed the role played by local governance stakeholders in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensuring that no one is left behind, during the launch event of a 'Roadmap for Localizing the SDGs: Implementation at the Subnational Level.' The roadmap was launched by the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments, through United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG); the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD); the UN Development Programme (UNDP); and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).

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Finland, Colombia Discuss National SDG Experiences [viewed]

colombia_finland14 July 2016: During a side event on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Colombia and Finland, participants exchanged views on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation at the country level. Speakers highlighted operational challenges including communicating the SDGs and implementing them in an integrated way.

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HLPF Discusses National Implementation of 2030 Agenda [viewed]

hlpf_13jul13 July 2016: On the third day of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development's (HLPF) 2016 session, participants convened in four panel discussions on: creating national ownership; mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national policies, plans and strategies; vertical cooperation and promoting collaboration between national governments and local authorities; and mobilizing means of implementation (MOI). The 2016 HLPF is focusing on the theme of ‘ensuring that no one is left behind.'

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