Adapting SDGs to the Iraqi context introduced to development and planning officials

Feb 5, 2016

Participants discussing approaches to adapt SDGs to the local context. Photo: UNDP Iraq/2016

Istanbul – As the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has come into effect on 1 January 2016, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a capacity building workshop for 28 Iraqi officials, titled Good Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), the workshop was held in Istanbul over the period of 31 January to 5 February. Targeted were Iraq’s Higher Committee for Sustainable Development, currently working on planning, implementation and follow-up of the post 2015 Agenda in Iraq, as well as the National Center for Management Development and Information Technology of the Ministry of Planning. Support was provided to trainees on adapting the Agenda to the national context, and devising an effective communications strategy for SDGs.

Chairman of the Higher Committee for Sustainable Development, Mr. Maher Johan, noted the workshop as “an opportunity to build a deeper understanding of the sustainable development agenda, good governance, and communication approaches for the public administration.” He added: “Given its participatory approach, the workshop is expected to bring tangible results to the Ministry of Planning.”

“The workshop's added value resides in helping to make the global SDGs relevant to Iraq's changing national realities,” commented Mrs. Asya el Meehy, a participant who works as Governance and Public Administration Officer.

In turn, UNDP Iraq’s Public Sector Modernization (I-PSM) Programme Manager, Mr. Hisham El Azzouni, said: “The SDGs are important for determining the future direction of development work over the coming 15 years. They will influence government planning and donor funding priorities, and will have a direct impact on people’s lives. In this context, UNDP will continue to provide the necessary support to the Government of Iraq.”

The workshop is a joint UNDP and ESCWA initiative under I-PSM joint programme activities of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), which has been supporting the public sector reform agenda in Iraq.


Hisham El Azzouni, Manager, Iraq Public Sector Modernization (I-PSM)

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