Governing the United Nations Development System to Implement Agenda 2030

  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•04•12    13:15 - 14:45
    New York

    On 12 April in New York, UNU will host an open conversation on Governing the United Nations Development System to Implement Agenda 2030. The event will be moderated by Minh-Thu Pham (United Nations Foundation), with an introduction by Rahul Chandran (UNU Centre for Policy Research), and remarks by:

    • H.E. Deputy Permanent Representative Do Hung Viet (Permanent Mission of Viet Nam to the UN)
    • Matt Jackson (Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the UN)
    • Lance Croffoot-Suede (Linklaters’ International Governance and Development practices)

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seeks to “shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path”. It provides an overarching frame for Member States, and for “their” United Nations for the next 15 years. It is universal. It tackles complex development issues in their causes and consequences alike. And it will be difficult to implement.

    Member States, through the UN Economic and Social Council Dialogue on the Longer-term Positioning of the UN Development System (UNDS), have recognised the need for a governance transformation that would enable the UNDS to play its role in implementing Agenda 2030. They have also emphasised that such changes should be pursued through a common vision and consensus.  Without a common vision, implementing necessary reforms and addressing the urgent challenge of sustainable development will remain simply rhetoric.

    To support this process, the UNU Centre for Policy Research has partnered with Linklaters’ International Governance and Development practices to explore how lessons from public and private approaches to governance could inform the transformation of governance of the UNDS, and ensure that the UNDS can meet Member States’ demands.

    The resulting report, a work in progress, is tentatively titled “Governance for the United Nations Development System: Adapting to Meet the Needs of a Changing World”. To finalise the report, and share substantial but early ideas, UNU is organising this open roundtable with Member States that will explore three basic questions:

    1. What is the role for governance in enabling Agenda 2030?
    2. What options and pathways could Member States consider to help them articulate and achieve their strategic objectives for the UNDS?
    3. What are the right incentives for change?

    Subsequent to the roundtable, and any further written feedback from Member States, the report will be finalised and distributed prior to the 07 May 2016 workshop on governance.

    Please register online before 6 April to ensure entrance to the event if you do not already hold a UN grounds pass.

  • Conference Room 9
    United Nations Headquarters
    New York