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Dialogue of the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions with the Second Committee


Dialogue of the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions

with the UN General Assembly Second Committee

UNGA 72nd session – Monday, 23 October 2017, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. CR- 2 UN Headquarters, New York

Financing for Development 

Regional perspectives and the role of the UN Regional Commissions


To share best practices and lessons learned from experiences and effective policies in the regions on implementing the Addis Ababa Action Agenda framework and unlocking the resources needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

Expected Outcomes

Member States and other stakeholders will have a better understanding of shared priorities across different regions for the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda framework, as well as a better appreciation of the role of the regional commissions in reinforcing the Addis Ababa framework through their intergovernmental platforms and the services that they offer, based on their policy and analytical strength, as well as knowledge of their respective regions.

Focus Areas

The regional commissions have taken steps to further prioritize and factor “regional realities, contexts and levels of development”, within the broad scope of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, which entails more than a hundred and fifty commitments and global mandates. Some of the shared priorities across different regions, which will be addressed during the event, include the following:

  1. Improving domestic revenue mobilization
  2. Strengthening public expenditure management
  3. Private sector engagement and financing
  4. Public-private partnerships for infrastructure
  5. Enhancing financial inclusion
  6. Promoting regional financial integration
  7. Financing for Development advocacy, consultation and institutional networking



UN Regional Commissions charted way for actions and strategic partnerships toward the 2030 Agenda implementation at regional level

Unfavorable global economic conditions, multiple financial crises, mass-scale migration, rising inequality, environmental degradation demand a radical change in the development paradigm. To respond to these and other global challenges, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Member States are already engaged in active discussions in different fora on approaches to implement these goals, not the least in the framework of the UN General Assembly debates.

During the 71st session of the General Assembly, the Second Committee hosted a dialogue between Executive Secretaries of the five UN Regional Commissions and Member States at its 23rd meeting on 28 October, 2016. The Executive Secretaries took stock of the starting positions in their respective regions one year after adopting the SDGs, and highlighted some regional efforts, gaps and challenges. Over the last year, the Regional Commissions had been working to mainstream the 2030 Agenda into national development plans, identify shortcomings in data, strengthen national statistical capacities, establish institutional mechanisms to follow-up and coordinate implementation, raise awareness of the SDGs among key stakeholders, and identify development issues that could be meaningfully tackled on the regional level.

Representatives of Algeria, Brazil, Belarus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru, the Russian Federation, Vanuatu, and the European Union made interventions during the dialogue. They explained that Member States benefitted from the technical assistance and policy advice of the Regional Commissions when implementing specific SDGs, including those related to water and sanitation, energy, ICT and trade. They underlined the constructive role the Regional Commissions had in building partnerships, mobilizing financial resources, and coordinating implementation through, inter alia, convening the Regional Fora on Sustainable Development (RFSDs). According to a representative of Mexico, the Latin American and Caribbean Forum on Sustainable Development was the ideal space to exchange views and standardize statistical indicators. Peru and Brazil, on the other hand, discussed the role of the RFSDs in supporting governments to prepare their voluntary national reviews of 2030 Agenda implementation to the annual High-Level Political Forum. Ethiopia and Argentina raised the issue of interregional cooperation, and specifically coordination between Regional Commissions in the fields of data collection and statistics.

In his closing remarks, the Chair of the General Assembly Second Committee, H.E. Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani, stressed that “the experiences of the first year clearly demonstrates that the UN Regional Commissions are instrumental and play an increasingly important role in spearheading UN regional efforts to support their Member States in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda”. It is hoped that the dialogue event will produce further discussion on how the UN Regional Commissions can provide long-term support to their member States in delivering the transformative and ambitious agenda.

The 2030 Agenda stressed the importance of follow-up and review as prerequisites for effective implementation. Moreover, it recognized the significance of the regional dimension of development, and, as a consequence, the important role of regional organizations and platforms for implementation, follow-up and review. The UN Regional Commissions have been assigned explicit and implicit mandates to assist Member States in integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development, provide technical support, and facilitate effective follow-up and review of implementation. In entrusting the Regional Commissions with these mandates, Member States have recognized their universal coverage, convening power, intergovernmental nature, broad-based cross-sectorial mandate, and experience in mobilizing regional consensus on key international agreements.






Objective of the dialogue

For Member States and other stakeholders to gain a better understanding of the role the Regional Commissions (RCs) in assisting Member States (MS) in effective and integrated implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Expected Outcomes

Member States and other stakeholders will have a better understanding of the role of the RCs in assisting Member States in integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development, providing technical support for SDGs implementation through effective leveraging of the means of implementation and facilitating effective follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The dialogue will provide perspectives on key areas of focus by the RCs for supporting Member States in implementation and follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda, including:

  1. Integrating SDGs into national development planning and fiscal frameworks;
  2. Promoting policy coherence, consistency and coordination;
  3. Enhancement of data and statistical capacities of MS;
  4. Identifying and promoting alternative and innovative sources of financing for development;
  5. Leveraging science, technology and innovation;
  6. Tapping South-South and regional partnerships and;
  7. Translating regional models into global public goods.

Concept Note
Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: The Role of the Regional Commissions





secondcompicDialogue of the Executive Secretaries of the UN Regional Commissions with the UNGA Second Committee

The Means of Implementation in Support of the post-2015 Development Agenda: Regional Perspectives

Wednesday, 5 November 2014 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The objective of the Second Committee Dialogue with the Executive Secretaries this session is for Member States and other stakeholders to gain a better understanding of how the regional dimension can continue to play a critical role in catalysing and mobilizing the means of implementation, but now, in the achievement of the post-2015 development agenda.

The means of implementation have been recognized as a critical element for the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda. Because of the ambitious and transformative nature of the agenda, countries will have to find ways of tapping into a broad range of sources, including traditional domestic and international public ones, as well as private and more innovative ones.

The Regional Commissions will provide specific examples of how existing regional and sub-regional initiatives and mechanisms are effectively contributing to making the means of implementation available and more readily accessible to countries, and how countries can strengthen their respective capabilities through these regional initiatives and mechanisms. The Regional Commissions will also demonstrate how they can contribute, through their work, to strengthen countries’ capabilities for the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.