Post-VNR Policy Dialogues aiming at accelerating Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development

On 16th  July 2020 the Government of the Republic of Moldova presented the country's first Voluntary National Review (VNR) on progress towards Agenda 2030 during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

According to VNR Report, the Republic of Moldova registered noteworthy progress since its commitment to implement the SDG Agenda 2030. In particular, significant progress was registered in achieving SDG 1 (No poverty), 8 (Decent work and Economic Growth), 13 (Climate Action) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), while moderate results and less noticeable results were obtained in achieving SDG  2, 3, 5, 7, 9 ,11 and respectively SDG 4, 6, 10, 12, 15 and 16.

In this context, the Policy Dialogues aim to develop collective understanding of the key issues and challenges on the way to meet the country’s commitments for development, as well as to identify best practices and solutions to accelerate the reforms implementation and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 crisis.

„We are aware that in order to approach complex challenges and transform them into opportunities for sustainable development we need a strong political engagement, sustainable partnerships and concrete actions at all levels and from all interested stakeholders. Today’s policy dialogue is dedicated to inequalities and inequities that looks into the main principle of 2030 Agenda – to leave no-one behind in the process of sustainable development.” menționed Adrian Ermurachi, Deputy Secretary General of the Government.

In particular, the events will build upon the results and key findings of the VNR highlighting issues revealed by the COVID-19 crisis. With consideration to socio-economic implications of the pandemic, the policy dialogue will be looking into identifying innovative policy solutions with structural components that would accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Moldova and respond to the new challenges and the world’s changing realities.

Following the conclusions and recommendations of the first Voluntary National Review, the State Chancellery is committed to streamline the accountability of Government institutions for addressing the identified challenges, but also to prioritize implementation of identified solutions under the Government action plan.

”Today is an opportunity for all of us to share experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learnt – and to agree on solutions for streamlining our efforts in applying different approaches to governance, based on the principles of accountability, innovation, integration, and collaboration to make sure that vulnerable and disadvantaged people of Moldova are supported and not neglected” underlined Simon Springett, UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova.

The policy dialogues will focus on the key areas that require support to further develop sustainably, such as: reducing inequalities and inequities - leaving no one behind in the development process, digitalization and inclusion, competitiveness and sustainable economic development, innovation, research and data, climate change and environmental concerns, social cohesion and SDG financing and positive partnerships.

During the dialogues participants representing central public administrations, parliamentary committees, civil society, UN Moldova and other development partners, as well as private sector representatives will jointly discuss key problems and challenges encountered focusing on finding solutions and development partnerships for the country’s sustainable socio-economic development.

The Republic of Moldova joined the Agenda 2030 and committed to implement the 17 SDGs through combined efforts of key stakeholders to eliminate all forms of poverty, combat inequalities and tackle environmental and climate change, ensuring that no one is left behind. Since 2017 the country is going through the process of nationalization and adaptation of SDGs to its local context.

The post-VNR policy dialogues events are organized by the Government of the Republic of Moldova with the support of UN Moldova. The first policy dialogue dedicated to addressing inequalities while leaving no one behind took place on April 6th, 2021.

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