Stakeholders to convene for national dialogue on integrating SDGs into national plans and budgets in Seychelles

July 12, 2017

Stakeholders across various levels and sectors will convene for a national dialogue aimed at mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the national plans and budgets of Seychelles.

 The national dialogue, which will be held on 13th -14th July, 2017, at the Avani Resort, has been organised by the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, Trade and Economic Planning and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 2016, UNDP hosted a workshop that sought to prioritize the SDGs for Seychelles. This resulted in opening up the discussions for SDGs and determining the way forward for Seychelles through collaboration and partnerships. In late 2016, UNDP initiated with the Government an SDG Rapid Integrated Assessment of policy coherence and SDG alignment. Building on these, this national dialogue will pave the way to further integrate SDGs and Agenda 2063 and the SAMOA Pathway into national development planning processes, as the country embarks on developing its National development Plan and ensure that the Sector Strategies are aligned with all 3 documents and help facilitate national reporting on global commitments.

 More particularly, it aims to engage Government officials involved in policy and planning; but also parliamentarians and NGOs to ensure that they too contribute effectively to both national planning and budgeting processes, whilst being actively engaged in the implementation and monitoring of SDGs.

 The objectives of the workshop are to:

-          Assess the linkages between the National Development Strategy and the SDGs and other international commitments

-          Identify existing Data Gaps and Challenges

-          Disseminate Results from the Rapid Integrated Assessment

-          Come up with key recommendations to harmonize SDGs (as well as Africa Vision 2063 and the Samoa Pathway) into planning processes

-          Initial recommendations on indicator harmonization/alignment to add in reporting

-          Create knowledge sharing of best practice and lessons learnt

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