Asia-Pacific Knowledge Exchange
UNDP Opens SDG Knowledge Exchange in Bangkok
Bangkok, 24 October 2016 – More than 150 delegates and development experts from 36 countries in Asia and the Pacific convened today in Bangkok to share expertise and ideas on how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national plans and budgets.
“This Knowledge Exchange is a platform for sharing experiences that will allow us to accelerate SDG implementation,” said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia and the Pacific. “Our goal is to turn the 2030 Agenda vision into actions on the ground as soon as possible.”
Delegates will be encouraged to explore new and more integrated approaches to localize the SDGs in their planning, budgeting, and financing to achieve the 2030 Agenda. They will look at how to build commitments, strengthen partnerships and improve data monitoring and evaluation. The objective is to examine what has worked in one country and harness those ideas, to share and adopt in other countries.
“I am encouraged by the initial results. Almost every country in Asia-Pacific has begun integrating SDGs into their development plans and legislation,” said Haoliang Xu.
The National Assembly of Pakistan had passed a unanimous resolution to adopt the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in their national development programme.
Indonesia has built on the convergence that exists between the SDGs and its development plan, and is designing national and local action plans.
“With nearly 60 percent of the world’s population and 40 percent of the world’s GDP, policy decisions in Asia-Pacific impact the whole world,” added Haoliang Xu. “I am confident this valuable exchange will lay the foundation to collect and distribute practical knowledge that countries can use to deliver results for their people.”
The Knowledge Exchange is part of a week-long Regional SDG Forum hosted by UNDP in Bangkok from 21 to 27 October. The Forum features also a conference on youth engagement in SDG implementation and a meeting on finance for development focused on how countries can mobilize the required financing for the envisioned transformation to sustainability.
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Key Presentations and Resources
Opening of the Regional Knowledge Exchange
|Integrating SDGs To Development Plan
By Gellwynn Yusuf, Deputy Minister for Maritime and Natural Resources, Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, Republic of Indonesia
|Presentation on Localizing SDGs in Pakistan
Zafar ul Hassan, Chief (Poverty Alleviation & SDG Section)
|Welcome Remarks for Luc Stevens, UNDP Resident Representative: Regional Knowledge Exchange: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development|
|Perspective from Youth: Remarks
By Jules Guiang, Ambassador-Anak TV's SineBata; Founder & Board Chairman- National Alliance of Youth Leaders (NAYL); Co-Founder-2030 Youth Force
Integrating the 2030 Agenda into Planning and Budgeting
|Empowered Futures - The Use of Foresight for SDG Implementation
By Peter van de Pol, Senior Advisor, UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence
|Integrating 2030 Agenda into Planning and Budgeting – Overview of Key Steps
By Michaela Prokop, Regional Programme Advisor, UNDP, Bangkok Regional Hub
Session 1A: National Planning and Budgeting Frameworks
|Implementation of SDGs in Nepal: Some Observations on Prioritization
By Yubaraj Khatiwada, former Vice-Chairman of National Planning Commission of Nepal
|Bhutan and the Sustainable Development Goals
By Lhaba Tshering, Chief Planning Officer, Gross National Happiness Commission, Bhutan
|Integrating the 2030 Agenda: SDG Roadmap Malaysia
By Hidah binti Misran, Deputy Director Infrastructure and Public Utilities Section, Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Office, Malaysia
|Mainstreaming the SDGs: Policy planning and implementation in Mongolia
By Otgonbayar Chimeddorj, Director, Macroeconomic Policy Division, Economic Policy Department, Ministry of Finance, Mongolia
|Asia-Pacific countries with special needs development report 2016
By Alberto Isgut, UNESCAP
|Multiple Criteria Analysis (MCA) as a tool for prioritizing actions towards Sustainable Development
By Dr Stelios Grafakos, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam
Session 1B: Sub-National/ City-Level Planning and Budgeting Frameworks
|Integrating SDGs into subnational planning and budgeting frameworks
Dr Patrick Duong, Regional Programme Advisor, Local Governance and Decentralization, UNDP Regional Hub for Asia and the Pacific
|The Implementation of Gender Responsive & Participatory Budgeting in the Penang Local Government
By Shariza Kamarudin, Bangkok, Thailand
Session 1C: SIDS
Promoting Vertical and Horizontal Coordination and Policy Coherence
|Regional Knowledge Exchange: Implementing 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals Institutional Arrangements
By Neeraj Kumar Srivastava, Director, Niti Aayog, Government of India
Integrating the 2030 Agenda into Budgeting Frameworks
|Integrating SDGs in National Budgets
By Lekha Chakraborty, Economist, NIPFP, Ministry of Finance, Government of India
|Supporting risk-informed planning,budgeting and resource allocation in East Nusa Tenggara Province
By Syaiful Anwar, Ministry of Environment and Forestry I Wayan Darmawa, Provincial Development & Planning Body
|Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: Thailand's Perspectives
By Ms. Ladawan Kumpa, Deputy Secretary General, Office of the National Economic & Social Development Board (NESDB), Royal Thai Government
Supporting Integrated Approaches and Identifying Accelerator Interventions
|Integrated Approaches: Health & the Environment
By Nadia Rasheed, Team Leader, Health & Development
|Climate, Land, Energy and Water Systems
By Mark Howells, Director and Professor, Division of Energy Systems Analysis, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
|Integrated decision making – key concepts and approaches
By Mans Nilsson, Research Director, Stockholm Environment Institute
|Resilience of smallholder farmers to climate variability and Extreme events through an integrated approach to water management
By Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment
|Integrated Approaches in Malaysia Baselines, Design and Gaps
By Dr Hezri Adnan, Academy of Sciences Malaysia & Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia
Data and Beyond: Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation
|Data for SDGs at the national level
By Lisa Grace S. Bersales, PhD, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, Philippine Statistics Authority
|SDG Dashboards: The role of information and information tools in the implementation of the 2030 agenda, learning from experiences in Latin America
By Maria Boza, UNDP-SIGOB
|Follow up and review for the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development
By Dr. Stefanos Dotiou, UNESCAP
|Engaging Philanthropy in SDGs
By Timotheus Lesmana Wanadjaja, Indonesia Philanthropy Association
Financing Options for the 2030 Agenda
|Financing the 2030 Agenda
By Ashley Palmer, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub
|Financing the SDGs in the Pacific
By Dr. Raymond Prasad, Economic Adviser, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
|Bangladesh Municipal Development Fund (BMDF) Accessing Domestic Market Financing
By Christopher Kaczmarski, Local Authority Planning and Finance Expert,National Adaptation Plan-Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub
Other Key Documents
Now that Agenda 2030 and the Financing for DevelopmentAddis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) have been agreed, there is demand from countries in the region to link finance flows with national development results. In response, Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF), the regional platform hosted by UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub is organizing a consultation ahead of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) Second High Level Meeting (HLM2) in Nairobi, Kenya this November. The meeting in Bangkok will provide an opportunity for countries and stakeholders to discuss the following discussion topics:
- Financing for development in the context of Agenda 2030, with a view to strengthen the links between finance and development results. This includes the launch of the 2016 AP-DEF Regional Report;
- Progress in establishing Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs), as called for by the AAAA and exploring what it means at country level to develop INFFs;
- Findings from the GPEDC 2nd monitoring round: discussions on the implications of the monitoring results for national and global policy processes, and the way forward for utilizing the Global Partnership monitoring in the context of the SDGs;
- Lessons from the Asia-Pacific region to inform the future objectives and contributions of AP-DEF, and highlight recommendations and messages from the region to be fed into the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) in Nairobi in November 2016.
Participants and resource persons will include:
- Asia-Pacific government representatives from Ministries of Planning and Finance and other relevant implementing ministries and policy makers, and from the AP-DEF community;
- Representatives from the Global Partnership co-chairs and HLM2 host; as well as from the Joint Support Team and Monitoring Advisory Group;
- Members of the donor community;
- Representatives from CSO Partnership and other civil society representatives involved in the Global Partnership;
- Representatives from private sector including from GPEDC partners and social impact funds.
Domestic Resources Dominate Development Finance in Asia
Bangkok, 26 October 2016: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF) opened a two-day meeting on aid ahead of the upcoming Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
More than 100 government delegates and development experts are exploring how to design integrated national financing frameworks for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia-Pacific.
“Domestic sources of finance are emerging as a key driving force for sustainable development in Asia-Pacific,” said Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Asia and the Pacific. “These new sources of finance allow us to expand the existing development cooperation and partnership.”
According to a new report released today at the event, domestic public finance accounts for 44 percent of the total and domestic private finance an estimated 45 percent of resources overall.
The new resource landscape is reflected in the increase in the number of middle-income countries in Asia-Pacific from 16 to 28 over the past decade.
While international public finance, particularly official development assistance (ODA), accounted for 13.5 percent of the total financial inflows in the region in 1990, it fell to 3.4 percent in 2012. As a result, countries are designing new financing strategies that mobilize contributions from a wide range of sources, including private sector.
For example, Bangladesh aims for private financing to fund 78 percent of its 7th Five Year Plan that commenced last year.
“The transformation of development finance translates into increased demand for our services from governments in Asia-Pacific,” said Xu. “Our portfolio of government co-financed programs quadrupled over the past two years.”
The volume of UNDP’s government co-financed portfolio in Asia-Pacific is now at US$116 million, according to a new report “Together for a Sustainable Future: Achieving the SDGs through Government Co-Financing in Asia and the Pacific.” Currently, UNDP and governments have co-financing agreements in 14 countries.
Official development assistance (ODA) continues to play an indispensable role as a catalyst that leverages new financing. In small island developing states, such as in Kiribati and Solomon Islands, ODA accounts for over 30 percent of total financing, in Tuvalu it accounts for more than half.
Discussions at the workshop are intended to inform the upcoming Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this November.
Key Presentations and Resources
|Assessing South-South Cooperation: The experience of the Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST)
By Karin Costa Vazquez, Professor and Assistant Dean for Global Engagements, O.P Jindal Global University, India. Non-resident fellow, Brazilian Center for International Relations, Brazil
|Financing the SDGs in Nepal Financing the SDGs in Nepal Financing the SDGs in Nepal Development Finance Assessment (DFA): Nepal’s experience and preliminary findings
By Laxman Aryal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Nepal
|Achieving the SDGs in the era of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda- The role of effective development cooperation: messages from Asia-Pacific|
|DFA in Bangladesh: Strengthening Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF)
By Economic Relations Division (ERD), Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh
|Beyond aid: Total Beyond aid: Total Official Support for Sustainable Development (TOSSD), a statistical measure for the SDG era
By Raundi Halvorson -Quevedo, Statistics Statistics Statistics and Development Finance (SDF), OECD Development Co-operation Directorate
|The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation: Monitoring Framework
By Yuko Suzuki Naab, Alejandro Guerrero Ruiz, UNDP-OECD Joint Support Team
|Linking Development Finance with the SDGs in the Asia-Pacific: The Experiences of PPPs in Bangladesh and the challenges and opportunities of working with the private sector and attracting private sector finance.
By Md. Hasan Sarwar, Director, PPP Authority (Prime Minister's Office)
|The Second High Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC)
By Resource Mobilization Department, National Treasury, Kenya
|Linking Development Finance with Results: Achieving the SDGs in the Asia-Pacific Region - What Does the Global Partnership Monitoring Process Tell Us?
By U Tun Tun Naing, Permament Secretary and GPEDC National Coordinator, Ministry of Planning and Finance, Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
|The role of the private sector in The role of the private sector in SDG implementation
By Titon Mitra, Country Director, UNDP Philippines
|Achieving the SDGs in era of Addis Ababa Action Agenda: Integrated national financing frameworks in the Asia Integrated national financing frameworks in the Asia-Pacific region|
|Pacific engagement in Global Aid/Development Effectiveness Monitoring: Progress, Challenges & Way Forward
By Charmina Saili, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
|Measuring Progess: Monitoring SDGs
ByArman Bidarbakht Nia, UNESCAP-Statistics Division