Philippines takes further steps towards sustainable development by 2030

May 13, 2016

The Philippines is taking further steps to identify the country’s roadmap towards sustainable development in the next 15 years.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), recently held the “2nd Technical Workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals Indicators”. The activity is second in a series of multi-stakeholder consultations spearheaded by the Philippine Government to pin down targets and corresponding indicators to help the country achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

The Philippines is one of the 193 member states that adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on 25 September last year during the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The Agenda, which consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals with 169 targets and 230 indicators, is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.

In adopting the SDGs, the Philippines pledged “to make the 2030 Agenda a reality and leave no one behind.”

NEDA Director General and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Emmanuel Esguerra said, “The implementation of the 2030 Agenda must be inclusive and translated into data-driven, evidence-based and target-specific policies, programs, and projects at the grassroots level.  The availability of data that are updated and with lower levels of disaggregation will aid in the monitoring, prioritization and coming-up of better targeted programs.”

The Philippines has been active in the global discussions on the SDGs indicators, with National Statistician Dr Lisa Grace Bersales co-chairing the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators.

The Philippines Statistics Authority and NEDA are steering the Philippine Government’s efforts to finalise its SDG indicators, which will inform the country’s sustainable development roadmap through to 2030, including the new Philippine Development Plan.

“Without indicators, the 2030 Agenda remains a lofty ambition, inspiring as they may be. The indicators provide the fundamental tool to actually define the actions that need to be taken, the buttons to punch for progress to be defined and measured, and the adjustments that need to be made for the targets to be achieved by 2030,” said Ola Almgren, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Philippines.

“This is an exciting time for the Philippines, with the new administration in place by 30 June. We look forward to continue working in partnership with NEDA, with the PSA and all stakeholders, in the integration of the SDGs in the national and local development planning and implementation.” #

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