UNDP on Monitoring and Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•12•14    16:00 - 17:30

    On 14 December 2015, the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Japan Evaluation Society will co-organise the public seminar UNDP on Monitoring and Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals at UN University Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a historic milestone. By building on the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) they harness the collective power of nations working with consensus to reshape the world and address development comprehensively.

    This talk will reflect on the experiences of the MDGs based on a UNDP Independent Evaluation Office evaluation, and bridge discussions by drawing upon the recent National Evaluation Capacity UNDP/IDEAS conference held in Bangkok, and the resulting Bangkok Declaration, which lays out principles on national evaluation capacity for the SDG era. The talk will consider what this means in practice for achieving the SDGs, which are best understood using a monitoring and evaluation framework whereby both challenges and opportunities emerge.

    A related UNU-IAS seminar entitled Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape will be held on the same day at the same venue from 14:00–15:30, followed by a joint reception at 17:30 for participants of both seminars.


    Moderator: Kaoru Hayashi (Bunkyo University)

    Opening Remarks

    • Masafumi Nagao (Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS)

    Lecture: “Towards Monitoring and Evaluation of the SDGs: Prospective Challenges and Opportunities”

    • Indran Naidoo (Director, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP)


    • Aki Yonehara (Associate Professor, Toyo University)
    • Osamu Saito (Academic Programme Office, UNU-IAS; Visiting Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo)



    This event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required (by 17:00 on 11 December 2015). Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the Speaker

    Indran A. Naidoo has been the Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 2012. Under his leadership, UNDP’s evaluation function has seen significant expansion in scope, coverage and strategic salience. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the UN Evaluation Group. Prior to joining UNDP, he held oversight positions in public offices in South Africa, including the Public Service Commission. He holds a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa).


    2F Reception Hall
    United Nations University
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925