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  • Lead-organizer: Sri Lanka
  • 19:00 - 20:30
  • Date: 21 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-A

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Strengthening National Apex Bodies of Sustainable Development (SD) for

Organizing partners

Governments of Sri Lanka, Philippines (tbc) , Vietnam (tbc), Fiji(tbc), Kyrgyz Republic(tbc), Kazakhstan(tbc)
In cooperation with UNDP, ADB (tbc), UNESCAP (tbc), UNEP (tbc)

Introduction

Agenda 21 called for setting up national coordinating structures to translate countries? aspirations of sustainable development (SD) into concrete actions and establish national programmes on Agenda 21.

In the 20 year since 1992, countries in the Asia Pacific region have developed and are implementing their National SD Strategies, through their National Apex Bodies for SD. As part of the Rio + 20 preparatory process, each country has held national consultations and is preparing its national report to the conference. These national reports identify achievements, gaps and continuing needs. These bodies and strategies remain key national mechanisms for implementing the commitments of Agenda 21 and the Rio + 20 outcomes.



This side event will showcase good practices, and identify ways to strengthen national implementation through new initiatives for capacity building, south-south exchange and enhanced sub regional cooperation.

Detailed programme

The Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI), 2002 called upon countries to enhance national SD apex bodies including National Councils for Sustainable Development and enhance National SD Strategies to advance national level implementation of Agenda 21.
During the 20 year since the Earth Summit of 1992, countries in the Asia Pacific region have developed their National SD Strategies, and are implementing national plans and programs through their National Apex Bodies for SD using supportive national institutional frameworks such as inter-ministerial committees and working groups.
The Seoul Outcome of the Asian and Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for Rio+20 in October 2011 recognized that ?the Asia and Pacific region is one of the most diverse regional groupings, characterized by high economic growth rates while being home to the largest number of the world?s poor, and had a diverse range of States, including Small Island Developing States, high-mountain States and land-locked States, which continue to face many special and particular vulnerabilities. The Outcome called for ?allowing sufficient policy space and flexibility for governments to pursue sustainable development strategies, based on national circumstances and respective stages of development?. The Chair Summary of the meeting ?urged an objective appraisal of implementation of commitments and action plans and identification of areasfor further progress? which included ?a call for strengthening national councils for SD?
Thematic Focus and potential contributions to Rio + 20 outcomes
In the context of Rio+ 20 focus on enhancing the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development, the side event will focus on Strengthening national apex bodies for sustainable development in achieving Agenda 21 and Rio + 20 Outcomes through accelerating implementation of national strategies.

The objectives of the event would be:
i) Share experiences and lessons learned from national level implementation of Agenda 21 through national SD strategies
ii) Share experiences of sub regional and regional cooperation and south-south learning
iii) Identify needs for capacity strengthening of national bodies and opportunities for enhancing south-south experience sharing
The expected outcomes are:
i) Strengthened networking of national SD Apex bodies
ii) New initiatives for sustaining south-south and triangular cooperation for capacity strengthening and exchange among national bodies
iii) Proposal for continued dialogue on moving new initiatives into action

The proposed structure and speakers at the event:
The event would be of 2 hour duration in two parts as follows:
Opening remarks by co-chairs and objectives of the event (10 minutes)
Part1 Sharing good practices of national level implementation of Agenda 21(50minutes)
Presentations by national Apex bodies from 5 countries from South, South East and Central Asia and Pacific regions (countries/organisations and names of speakers being identified)
Presentations by 2 UN agencies and 2 sub-regionalorganizations on past and ongoing mechanisms, programs and initiatives as respondants
Part 2 Interactive panel to identify needs and enhanced initiatives for capacity strengthening and sub-regional cooperation (about 40 minutes)
Interactive dialogue between 3 countries and 3 development cooperation partners will e focused to identify common needs in capacity strengthening, possible new initiatives and next steps to promote action on these needs and initiatives.
Note: Countries/organizations and names of speakers being identified and will be different from those in part 1,
Discussion on the way forward (15 minutes)
Closing remarks (5 minutes)
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