UN Deputy Director-General visits UNESCO and stresses UN System-wide engagement in delivering the SDGs
On 4 April 2017, Dr. Amina C. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, paid a visit to UNESCO. On this occasion, Dr. Mohammed was welcomed by the Deputy Director-General, Getachew Engida. The Deputy Secretary-General had also a brief working session with members of UNESCO’s Senior Management Team, engaging in a dynamic exchange on the challenges ahead in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, as requested by Member States in the 2016 General Assembly Resolution 71/243 on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) and touching upon the comprehensive review of the United Nations development system.
Dr. Mohammed highlighted the imperative for a higher degree of integration, coordination, accountability and transparency of the United Nations development system, in order to support countries to deliver progress on the SDGs. She pursued by providing insights into the internal mechanisms for the UN development system review, notably the creation of a small QCPR coordinating team, co-chaired by representatives of DESA and UNDG. Existing mechanisms, such as the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) and the Chief Executives Board (CEB), will provide appropriate platforms to pursue reflection, ensure an inclusive and dynamic process, thus fostering the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of UN activities in implementing the SDGs. She stressed that investing in the 2030 Agenda will allow progress towards the ultimate goal of sustaining peace.
UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General underlined the reforms conducted by the Organization in the recent years, notably through efforts under Invest for Efficient Delivery and the UNESCO Transparency Portal and the Change Management, thereby leading to an in-depth review of UNESCO processes, tools and behaviors to make the Organization “more fit for purpose”.
He presented the full spectrum of UNESCO’s engagement in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular through 9 specific SDGs that speak to the core of UNESCO’s mandate in education, the sciences, culture and communication and information.
Members of the Senior Management Team had an opportunity to present respective areas of focus that speak to the specific SDGs of relevance to their work – including, promoting inclusive quality education for all, supporting social inclusion and social justice, advancing STI, protecting cultural heritage and diversity for peace and resilience, promoting culture as an enabler of sustainable development, conserving and sustainably managing oceans and marine resources, building knowledge societies and fostering universal access to information, advancing gender equality and bolstering youth engagement.
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