July 15, 2019

Scale up effectiveness agenda in SDGs-Pacific rep tells global meet

The current review of the United Nations High Level Political Forum is an opportunity for stakeholders to firmly embed development effectiveness into the discourse on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

PIANGO NLU member, Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS) executive director, Vani Catanasiga told participants at the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GEPEDC) Senior Level Meeting (SLM) in New York that concerted effort is required to ensure that the agenda of effectiveness is mainstreamed into SDG action and discussions.

“My thoughts are that we need to be focused on how we mainstream effectiveness into the next 10 years of SDG implementation – that is all we have – 10 years to realise the SDGs,” Catanasiga said during the day two of the meeting at the UN headquarters.

“At the global level, this could mean leveraging the issue on the current review of the HLPF.”

FCOSS Executive Director Vani Catanasiga and PIANGO executive director Emeline Siale Ilolahia at the Senior Level Meeting (SLM) in New York. Photo Credit: Jitend Yumnam

She said some attention must also be directed at regional mechanisms particularly in the Pacific where the Forum Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination has been shelved.

“Support for country level action is critical and perhaps the best example from our region is Vanuatu which has an Aid Monitoring Policy and a coordinating unit in the Prime Minister’s Office. The unit coordinates and works with local civil society as part of the policy implementation.”

Catanasiga is part of the Pacific delegation supported by the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) to participate the GPEDC SLM.

The Pacific delegation includes PIANGO’s executive director, Emeline Siale Ilolahia and technical adviser, Emele Duituturaga.