UN High level Political Forum 2019 Panel discussion on “The contribution of regional cooperation and partnerships to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda: the experience of the Central European Initiative (CEI)”

17 Jul, New York, United States of America United Nations Headquarters New York, Conference Room nr. 7 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Organized by The Permanent Mission Of Italy, The Permanent Mission Of The Republic Of Croatia, The Permanent Mission Of Montenegro To The United Nations, And The Executive Secretariat Of The Central European Initiative (CEI),
Posted by Antonio Dolce, Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN

 

UN High level Political Forum 2019

 

Panel discussion on “The contribution of regional cooperation and partnerships to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda: the experience of the Central European Initiative (CEI)”

Background

In order to accelerate the progress towards sustainable development in all Countries, the United Nations are promoting coherent policies of State institutions to pursue the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2019 High Level Political Forum will offer a major opportunity to review advancements and identify gaps with special regard to the implementation of SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 16 (peaceful societies, justice and strong institutions). The HLPF will take place in a crucial year, marked by a boosted endeavor to take stock of the situation and further mobilize all relevant stakeholders – Member States, international financing institutions, regional organizations, private sector, academia, civil society – to reorient policies and actions toward investments conducive to the implementations of the SDGs globally. The Outcome Document of the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development set the stage for relaunching the momentum on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the main tool for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The HLPF will, itself, pave the way further for other key upcoming appointments, starting with the SDGs Summit and the Climate Summit in late September.

As established by the UN Charter, regional and sub-regional arrangements are called to complement and support UN efforts in the maintenance of international peace and security. As increasingly experienced in all regions of the world, regional and sub-regional partnerships also play a fundamental role in promoting convergence on shared values and objectives and in enhancing cooperation to effectively address major challenges transcending national borders, thus substantially contributing to the achievement of SDGs. In this spirit, the Secretary-General has identified the development of partnerships between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations as a central pillar of the UN system reform which is currently in its implementation phase.

Against this background, this side-event aims at highlighting the specific contribution of the Central European Initiative (CEI), offering an opportunity to share experiences and lessons learned and to consider the possibility to adapt some of the tools and practices CEI has developed in 30 years of activity to other regional contexts, with a specific focus on programs and initiatives related to the SDGs under review during the HLPF.

The Central European Initiative

The CEI, this year celebrating its 30th anniversary under the Italian Presidency, is one of the largest intergovernmental regional organization in Europe, bringing together at the same table 17 Countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Republic of Albania, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Croatia, Republic of Moldova, Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Poland, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Slovenia, Romania, Slovak Republic, Ukraine) from Central, South East and East Europe area, encompassing the geographical region from the Baltic, to the Adriatic and the Black Seas. Its unique cross-regional footprint is also attested to by the fact of including among its participating Countries EU Member States, EU candidate Countries and partners.

Since 2011, CEI has an observer status at the United Nations’ General Assembly. On this basis, the General Assembly adopts by consensus a biennial Resolution on the Cooperation between the United Nations and the CEI, the latter being adopted on 26 November 2018 (A/RES/73/10). This Resolution welcomes the important role consistently played by the CEI as a promoter of political dialogue and as a flexible and pragmatic platform for regional cooperation, thus supporting peace, stability, security and the economic progress of its member States, including through the implementation of tangible projects and programs in priority fields; recognizes the commitment of the Initiative to contribute to the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and acknowledges, in this context, that the CEI Plan of Action 2018–2020 was elaborated in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and thus bears in mind that interconnectivity in sustainable development can facilitate the effective translation of sustainable development policies into concrete actions at the national level (OPs 1 to 4).

 

The goals embedded in the CEI Plan of Action stem from the challenges faced by its Member States as well as the geographical region. The CEI pays special importance to the Agenda 2030, and has contributed to the process which led to its adoption. Most of CEI activities thus contribute to the goals and implementation of the SDGs. The added value of the CEI experience can be seen through its large membership, the focus on sharing of knowledge and capacity building for fostering strong institutions and societies, as well as CEI’s multi-stakeholder dimension. On one hand, the governmental pillar is the backbone of its intergovernmental institutional dialogue, on the other, the parliamentary and business dimensions allow for enhanced dialogue also in these constituencies. The instruments at CEI, as well as its projects and activities, foster the participation of civil society, as well as cooperation of local and regional actors, thus close to its citizens.

 

The CEI promotes cooperation in all areas under review by the 2019 HLPF. It places a significant focus on carrying out concrete actions aimed at implementing life-long learning and develop competencies through mobility, enhancing scientific literacy and technological knowledge and capacity (Quality education SDG 4), improving research and innovation systems (Decent work and economic growth SDG 8), promoting social integration of people from groups at risk of exclusion, exchanging experience on large-scale migration (Reduced inequalities SDG 10), fostering adaptation to climate change (Climate action SDG 13), promoting safe and secure e-Government solutions, consolidating institutional capacities and promoting effective anti-corruption measures and open data (Peaceful societies, justice and strong institutions SDG 16). Under the Italian Presidency 2019, the CEI program puts emphasis - with targeted initiatives and high level events during this year - on education, research and technology (SDG 4), as well as on local and regional policies for sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation (SDG 10 and 13). The fight against corruption and strengthening rule of law (SDG 16) is on focus, building also on the outcomes of the HLPF Preparatory Conference on SDG 16 hosted in Rome on 27-29 May 2019.

 

The CEI uses a flexible approach, taking into account the needs of its Member States and adjusting its activities accordingly. Moreover, the CEI experience is focused on fostering synergies among various SDGs.

Aim of the event 

The main objective of the panel discussion is to share and exchange knowledge and experiences with all relevant stakeholders regarding good practices of regional partnership for empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality, such as is the case of the CEI in the delivery of SDGs, both through political dialogue as well as through joint commitments and their concrete follow up through regional and transnational activities and instruments.

The panel discussion will therefore showcase CEI’s experiences and practices on three areas:

  • as a platform for political intergovernmental dialogue, as well as for the meaningful engagement of all stakeholders (Parliaments, local institutions, private sector, civil society, universities and academia, young people) in policies and activities related to the SDGs;
  • as a platform providing access to flexible and innovative financial instruments aimed at supporting programs targeted to the implementation of the SDGs;
  • as a platform to advance institutional consolidation - through capacity-building, know-how transfer, capacities’ pooling and experience sharing - favoring solutions tailored to specific local contexts while facilitating convergence towards common standards in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Italian Presidency and the CEI-Executive Secretariat will present some of CEI flagship initiatives/programs, as well as its overall approach, in each area.

The event will also provide an opportunity to further the discussion on how to improve synergies and cooperation between regional organizations and the United Nations as well as among regional and sub-regional organizations, as it is the case for the longstanding partnership between the European Union and CEI, in the framework of the common effort to advance the SDGs and promote regional integration.

 Leading questions

  • How can regional and sub-regional organizations and partnerships increase their contribution to UN efforts aimed at mobilizing support for the 2030 Agenda and accelerating its implementation through the meaningful engagement of all relevant stakeholders?
  • Which kind of financial instruments can better suit regional, national and local efforts in support of policies oriented to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?
  • Which best practices can be drawn from CEI’s experience on promoting policy convergence among States and fostering synergies among various SDGs?

 

2019-07-17 1:15 PM 2019-07-17 2:30 PM Europe/London UN High level Political Forum 2019 Panel discussion on “The contribution of regional cooperation and partnerships to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda: the experience of the Central European Initiative (CEI)”   UN High level Political Forum 2019   Panel discussion on “The contribution of regional cooperation and partnerships to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda: the experience of the Central European Initiative (CEI)” Background In order to accelerate the progress towards sustainable development in all Countries, the United Nations are promoting coherent policies of State institutions to pursue the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2019 High Level Political Forum will offer a major opportunity to review advancements and identify gaps with special regard to the implementation of SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 16 (peaceful societies, justice and strong institutions). The HLPF will take place in a crucial year, marked by a boosted endeavor to take stock of the situation and further mobilize all relevant stakeholders – Member States, international financing institutions, regional organizations, private sector, academia, civil society – to reorient policies and actions toward investments conducive to the implementations of the SDGs globally. The Outcome Document of the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development set the stage for relaunching the momentum on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the main tool for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The HLPF will, itself, pave the way further for other key upcoming appointments, starting with the SDGs Summit and the Climate Summit in late September. As established by the UN Charter, regional and sub-regional arrangements are called to complement and support UN efforts in the maintenance of international peace and security. As increasingly experienced in all regions of the world, regional and sub-regional partnerships also play a fundamental role in promoting convergence on shared values and objectives and in enhancing cooperation to effectively address major challenges transcending national borders, thus substantially contributing to the achievement of SDGs. In this spirit, the Secretary-General has identified the development of partnerships between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations as a central pillar of the UN system reform which is currently in its implementation phase. Against this background, this side-event aims at highlighting the specific contribution of the Central European Initiative (CEI), offering an opportunity to share experiences and lessons learned and to consider the possibility to adapt some of the tools and practices CEI has developed in 30 years of activity to other regional contexts, with a specific focus on programs and initiatives related to the SDGs under review during the HLPF. The Central European Initiative The CEI, this year celebrating its 30th anniversary under the Italian Presidency, is one of the largest intergovernmental regional organization in Europe, bringing together at the same table 17 Countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Republic of Albania, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Croatia, Republic of Moldova, Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Poland, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Slovenia, Romania, Slovak Republic, Ukraine) from Central, South East and East Europe area, encompassing the geographical region from the Baltic, to the Adriatic and the Black Seas. Its unique cross-regional footprint is also attested to by the fact of including among its participating Countries EU Member States, EU candidate Countries and partners. Since 2011, CEI has an observer status at the United Nations’ General Assembly. On this basis, the General Assembly adopts by consensus a biennial Resolution on the Cooperation between the United Nations and the CEI, the latter being adopted on 26 November 2018 (A/RES/73/10). This Resolution welcomes the important role consistently played by the CEI as a promoter of political dialogue and as a flexible and pragmatic platform for regional cooperation, thus supporting peace, stability, security and the economic progress of its member States, including through the implementation of tangible projects and programs in priority fields; recognizes the commitment of the Initiative to contribute to the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and acknowledges, in this context, that the CEI Plan of Action 2018–2020 was elaborated in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and thus bears in mind that interconnectivity in sustainable development can facilitate the effective translation of sustainable development policies into concrete actions at the national level (OPs 1 to 4).   The goals embedded in the CEI Plan of Action stem from the challenges faced by its Member States as well as the geographical region. The CEI pays special importance to the Agenda 2030, and has contributed to the process which led to its adoption. Most of CEI activities thus contribute to the goals and implementation of the SDGs. The added value of the CEI experience can be seen through its large membership, the focus on sharing of knowledge and capacity building for fostering strong institutions and societies, as well as CEI’s multi-stakeholder dimension. On one hand, the governmental pillar is the backbone of its intergovernmental institutional dialogue, on the other, the parliamentary and business dimensions allow for enhanced dialogue also in these constituencies. The instruments at CEI, as well as its projects and activities, foster the participation of civil society, as well as cooperation of local and regional actors, thus close to its citizens.   The CEI promotes cooperation in all areas under review by the 2019 HLPF. It places a significant focus on carrying out concrete actions aimed at implementing life-long learning and develop competencies through mobility, enhancing scientific literacy and technological knowledge and capacity (Quality education SDG 4), improving research and innovation systems (Decent work and economic growth SDG 8), promoting social integration of people from groups at risk of exclusion, exchanging experience on large-scale migration (Reduced inequalities SDG 10), fostering adaptation to climate change (Climate action SDG 13), promoting safe and secure e-Government solutions, consolidating institutional capacities and promoting effective anti-corruption measures and open data (Peaceful societies, justice and strong institutions SDG 16). Under the Italian Presidency 2019, the CEI program puts emphasis - with targeted initiatives and high level events during this year - on education, research and technology (SDG 4), as well as on local and regional policies for sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation (SDG 10 and 13). The fight against corruption and strengthening rule of law (SDG 16) is on focus, building also on the outcomes of the HLPF Preparatory Conference on SDG 16 hosted in Rome on 27-29 May 2019.   The CEI uses a flexible approach, taking into account the needs of its Member States and adjusting its activities accordingly. Moreover, the CEI experience is focused on fostering synergies among various SDGs. Aim of the event  The main objective of the panel discussion is to share and exchange knowledge and experiences with all relevant stakeholders regarding good practices of regional partnership for empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality, such as is the case of the CEI in the delivery of SDGs, both through political dialogue as well as through joint commitments and their concrete follow up through regional and transnational activities and instruments. The panel discussion will therefore showcase CEI’s experiences and practices on three areas: as a platform for political intergovernmental dialogue, as well as for the meaningful engagement of all stakeholders (Parliaments, local institutions, private sector, civil society, universities and academia, young people) in policies and activities related to the SDGs; as a platform providing access to flexible and innovative financial instruments aimed at supporting programs targeted to the implementation of the SDGs; as a platform to advance institutional consolidation - through capacity-building, know-how transfer, capacities’ pooling and experience sharing - favoring solutions tailored to specific local contexts while facilitating convergence towards common standards in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Italian Presidency and the CEI-Executive Secretariat will present some of CEI flagship initiatives/programs, as well as its overall approach, in each area. The event will also provide an opportunity to further the discussion on how to improve synergies and cooperation between regional organizations and the United Nations as well as among regional and sub-regional organizations, as it is the case for the longstanding partnership between the European Union and CEI, in the framework of the common effort to advance the SDGs and promote regional integration.  Leading questions How can regional and sub-regional organizations and partnerships increase their contribution to UN efforts aimed at mobilizing support for the 2030 Agenda and accelerating its implementation through the meaningful engagement of all relevant stakeholders? Which kind of financial instruments can better suit regional, national and local efforts in support of policies oriented to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda? Which best practices can be drawn from CEI’s experience on promoting policy convergence among States and fostering synergies among various SDGs?   New York,United States of America The Permanent Mission of Italy, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia, the Permanent Mission of Montenegro to the United Nations, and the Executive Secretariat of the Central European Initiative (CEI),

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Posted by Vasiliki Strataki, 1st Primary School Nea Ionia

We have a Goal! We spread the SDG's in our neighborhood and our town! 1st Primary School Nea Ionia, Attica, Greece

Posted by Vasiliki Strataki, 1st Primary School Nea Ionia

Distance education on the Sustainable Development Goals

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Gender priorities are part of the domestic and cooperation policies of Spanish regions

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

New York City is the first city in the world to submit a Voluntary Local Review to the HLPF

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Regional governments report their efforts for the territorial implementation of the 2030 Agenda

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Sustainable Development Goals Report on Cities - Launch of SDG City Reports on Shimokawa, Toyama, and Kitakyushu

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

2018 high-level political forum: the territorialisation of the SDGs, in global engagement of local authorities and strongly elected French elected representatives (9-18 July 2018, New-York)

Posted by Lisa Bonnet, Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international

Social and Solidarity Economy for the SDGs: Spotlight on the Social Economy in Seoul

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

How the civil society is organized in Brazil for the location of the SDGs: charter, organizational model and form of work.

Posted by Santiago Martin, CNM

Sharing learnings on Bristol’s experience of localising the Sustainable Development Goals

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Good Practices, Success Stories and Lessons Learned in SDG Implementation - Call for Submissions

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

New people-centred approaches needed to ensure no one is left behind in ASEAN

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Local and Regional Governments’ 2nd Report to the HLPF: Towards the Localization of the SDGs

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Buenos Aires advances in the 2030 Agenda

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Call for expressions of interest to become a pilot city

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Human rights cities and the Sustainable Development Goals: the case of Lund

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Madrid, Montevideo, La Paz, Sucre and Praia share their localization strategies for the 2030 Agenda

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Scaling government innovation in Georgia: the case of Rustavi

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Mapping the Sustainable Development Goals in German municipalities

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

The very first Week of the Sustainable Municipality: more than 80 Flemish municipalities participate!

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

UN Public Service Day and Awards

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Raising awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals in the neighborhoods of Praia, Cabo Verde

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Mannheim 2030 – Tailoring the 2030 Agenda to local interests and needs

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Chad converts SDG targets and prepares Roadmap for domestication and localization

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Sucre begins the process of Integration of SDGs into Municipal Integral Planning

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Quito develops its communication strategy of the Sustainable Development Goals

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

The municipality of Ouled Ben Abdelkader lays the foundations to build a shared vision of the territory for the future

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

UN Youth of Finland, Children’s Foundation for the Year of Independence (ITLA) and the City of Hämeenlinna launch a cooperation project for the SDGs

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Shimokawa, Hokkaido: Advancing SDG-Based Community Building

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

The City of Los Angeles announces partnership with Occidental College to advance Sustainable Development Goals

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Regions take the lead in implementing the SDGs

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

UCLG Regions supports the Provincial Council of Guipúzcoa in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

Posted by UCLG CGLU, UCLG

The III Good Practices Award goes to Antioquia, Nariño, Trentino, Barcelona and Catalonia

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

[OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS] Good practices, success stories and lessons learned in SDG implementation

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

UN-Habitat and Colab launch a mobile app for open public consultation on living conditions in Brazilian cities

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Buenos Aires develops its vision towards 2035

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

The University of Piraeus celebrates the UN Day and calls for the localization of the SDGs

Posted by Dimitrios Fatouros , United Nations

How are Flemish municipalities already working on SDG localization?

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Recognition of the Confederation of Private Employers of Bolivia to the Autonomous Municipal Government of La Paz

Posted by Pablo Bernal Aguilar, Gobierno Autónomo Municipal de La Paz

How the SDGs became the solution for merging municipalities

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

The quest for cities of peace

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Advancing the localization of the SDGs in Tunisia

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

A call for SDGs-based provincial planning in Nepal

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Localising the SDGs in Jamaica

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

SDSN Italia Launches SDG Cities Index for Italy

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

How are American cities taking on the SDGs?

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

SDG: Five institutions unite by Agenda 2030

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Global call to share good practices in public management

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Putting into practice the new Learning Module 2 about territorial planning to achieve the SDGs! Now in Santiago de Chile!

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Mauritania: New regional presidents commit to further localization of SDGs through regional planning

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Bonn aiming for more sustainability

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

From Policy Transfer to Urban Sustainability Exchange

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

The Seville Commitment: putting ´Local Action´in the center of the global development agenda

Posted by UCLG CGLU, UCLG

Consolidating the local-global movement to enhance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Posted by UCLG CGLU, UCLG

Expo’s Global Best practice & the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Utrecht: a Global Goals City

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Meeting in Madrid to build Peaceful and inclusive cities within the framework of the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

SDG 16+ Technical Consultation on Inclusive Institutions at the Local Level

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Voluntary Local Reviews LAB

Posted by UN-Habitat Local, UN-Habitat

Cities take up the challenge and report on their advances on the SDGs

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Your opportunity to shape the Global Alliance’s HLPF Report on SDG 16+

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

The Voluntary Local Review of the Sustainable Development Goals in Helsinki

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

1st OECD Roundtable on Cities and Regions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

SDGs Local Monitoring – China’s Pilot Practice

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Integrated approach to support the localization of the 2030 Agenda by subnational governments in Mexico

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Guatemala: National Priorities for the Development of Territories

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

SDG Caravan in Venezuela: Local Dialogues for Development

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Closing and final declaration of the 3rd Regional Forum of Local Economic Development (LED)

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

OneNYC 2050: building a strong and fair city

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Accelerating the achievement of the SDGs at local level: the case of the Regional Strategic Plan for Oé-Cusse

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

The role of decentralized cooperation to address rising inequalities

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Bristol's Voluntary Local Review and One City Plan

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

New York City presents its second Voluntary Local Review on its SDG progress

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Helsinki first European city to present the Sustainable Development Report to the UN

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Buenos Aires presents its first Voluntary Local Review

Posted by UNDP , UNDP

Week of the Sustainable Municipality

Posted by Hanne Albers, VVSG vzw