Strengthened Capacities, Effective Institutions critical for successful implementation of post-2015 development agenda

Feb 26, 2015

The Global Dialogue on strengthening capacities and building effective institutions concludes with call to bolster more effective and responsive governance to achieve SDGs

New York – The Republic of Moldova and the Federal Republic of Germany hosted a two day high-level meeting in Chisinau, Moldova to discuss ways and means of upgrading capacities of institutions to achieve the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The event, co-facilitated by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), marked the conclusion of the Global Dialogue launched in 2014 by the United Nations Development Group, which resulted in calls from around the world for more responsive governance and better public service provision.

UNDP and the UN Development Group (UNDG) have been facilitating an unprecedented global conversation through which people can help shape the future development agenda that will build on the Millennium Development Goals after 2015.

World leaders have called for an ambitious, long-term agenda to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations. This post-2015 development agenda is expected to tackle many issues, including ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests. Governments are in the midst of negotiating the agenda, including the proposed set of sustainable development goals, and world leaders are expected to adopt the agenda at a summit in New York in September 2015.

Natalia Gherman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova stated, “Developing institutional capacity is not merely a political duty or a prerogative attributed to the central administration only but it truly embodies the expectation of the population, which is ready and willing to contribute to development.”

Against the backdrop that the successful implementation of the post-2015 development agenda will require more responsive institutions and greater capacities by governments, civil society and the private sector, Cihan Sultanoglu, the UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States stated, “In addition to the three dimensions of sustainable development – namely economic, environmental and social - it introduces critical issues of peace and security, democratic governance, rule of law, and human rights for all.”

Dr. Ingolf Dietrich, Deputy-Director General, Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) emphasized on strengthened capacities and more effective institutions as key for the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

On behalf of ILO, Antonio Graziosi, Director, Decent Work Technical Support Team stated that poverty eradication and greater human development, including more decent productive jobs, will not be possible without changes in the way that people and governments engage across the board.

An outcome statement calling for significantly upgraded capacities and institutions to bolster more effective and responsive governance to achieve the SDGs was adopted during the meeting. This is expected to inform the negotiators of the post-2015 development agenda.

The Global Dialogue on strengthening capacities and building effective institutions was one of six Global Dialogues initiated on the ‘means of implementation’ of the post-2015 development framework and the associated SDGs.

The Global Dialogues build on the first phase of UNDG consultations, which had already identified responsive and effective governance as an area of priority to be included in the post-2015 development agenda. In 2013, almost two million people posted their priorities for the future development agenda through an initiative organized by the UNDG in 88 countries, and through 11 thematic consultations and the global MY World survey. The results of workshops, interviews and online and offline polls are available in the report “A Million Voices: The World We Want”.

The Chisanu Outcome Statement on Strengthening Capacities and Building Effective Institutions

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