Republic of Moldova starts its way towards the localizing of Sustainable Development agenda
3 November 2015

Representatives of the Government (state secretaries and specialists in policy monitoring), civil society, academia and development partners have started on Monday, in the framework of a workshop, the national discussions on localizing of Sustainable Development Goals to the context of the Republic of Moldova.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), formulated at the global level with the participation of the countries and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on the 25th of September 2015, aim at ending poverty and reducing of inequalities, ensuring welfare for everyone and economic development through protection of the planet. Each of the goals includes specific targets that have to be achieved in the next 15 years by the states who joined the post-2015 development agenda, including the Republic of Moldova.

Ion Gumene, the Prime-minister state councilor, has mentioned about the complexity of the Sustainable Development Agenda that „has to be implemented through participation of all relevant stakeholders in the society, in particular of the public authorities, via clear undertaking of the ownership from the stage of targets’ defining and then identification of appropriate monitoring indicators at the national level”.

Ulziisuren Jamsran, Country Representative of UN Women in Moldova, has underlined the importance of starting the immediate actions on customizing the sustainable development agenda that „has to be, in fact, the reflection of the wishes and will of country’s population, complemented by the role and contribution that each of us can bring to produce the change that is desired by individuals, women and men, children and adults, as by the society”.

The MDG’s “unfinished business” and the voice of people expressed within the national post-2015 consultations, should serve as a solid starting point for Moldova’s localizing of SDGs to the national context and needs. Thus, the workshop participants pointed to the need to find for more efficient ways of unkeeping institutional memory to ensure the coherence and sustainability of actions undertaken by the state, need to set clear mechanisms of communication and cooperation between staff with technical expertise from the public authorities and the representatives of the target groups, therefore minimizing the dependence on political factor.

Narine Sahakyan, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Moldova, stated that „the global development agenda can be successful in the Republic of Moldova only if, at this incipient stage the country will manage to undertaken a correct prioritization of targets to be achieved, through correlation with the current needs of the population and their integration into the available policy framework”. An example of such priorities for the country has been underlined by the civil society representatives and relates to the Goal 16 „Peace, justice and empowered institutions”, which are perceived as more elements without which we will not be able to generate new resources or to change the society and, respectively, the world to better.

The national customizing of Sustainable development Goals envisages also a joint effort of all concerned parties (authorities, statisticians, community) for setting the appropriate indicators for monitoring and evaluation of national targets. „This process is a challenge for the national statistical system implying a much more complex approach, in comparison with MDGs, not only because of a bigger number of 17 goals and, respectively, about 300 indicators for global monitoring, but due to the need for disaggregation of the most of statistical indicators by different dimensions in order to cover all the groups of population that are subject to the next development agenda”, has mentioned Lucia Spoiala, the General director of the National Bureau of Statistics. The sources of administrative data, open data and so called big data will complement the official statistics in this respect.

The international experts from the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub and UNECE, Elena Danilova-Cross and Andres Vikat, have told about the SDGs’ complexity, synergies and links between objectives and goals, coherence that is expected among the sectors and target groups. Event’s participants have been involved into a series of exercises to simulate the prioritization of targets, finding the linkages among them, as well as identification of data sources for their measurement – such abilities being necessary for all those who will localize the SDGs to the national context.

Having the information presented by UN experts, a better clarity on the process of SDGs localizing, the participants to the event have set the next steps to be undertaken including the engagement of the future Government into the sustainable development agenda, elaboration, at the technical level by the state chancellery and Prime-minister cabinet, of a roadmap for SDGs localizing with clear deadlines, responsibilities and a commonly agreed approach.

The event has been organised in the framework of the UN Joint Project on Strengthening the National Statistical System, with the support of UNDP and UN Women Moldova, and in collaboration with UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub and UN Economic Commission for Europe.

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