The numerous social, economic, political and environmental challenges faced in post-conflict Iraq and their limiting effects on human development, demonstrates the need to make the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development a national priority. Cognizant of these challenges, the Government of Iraq adopted and embarked on the implementation of 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2018 with the signature of a project document with UNDP Iraq entitled “Support to the Government of Iraq for the implementation and monitoring of SDGs”.
This initiative builds on the findings of consultations with Iraqi stakeholders exploring pathways to advance Agenda 2030 and the SDGs in Iraq, as prioritized in the National Development Plan (2018-2022). At the request of the Government of Iraq, this project was designed to support the mainstreaming, implementation and monitoring of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs in an integrated manner, primarily through the improvement of national technical and institutional capacities within Government central line ministries, local governments and CSOs.
Through ‘Support to the Government of Iraq for the implementation and monitoring of SDGs’ the following lines of support will be provided:
- Coordination and advisory support to the Ministry of Planning and the National Committee on Sustainable Development (NCSD) to mainstream the SDGs and their targets and indicators in the NDP and other national strategic frameworks;
- Support to the government for the localization of the SDGs;
- Promotion of integrated approaches to SDG implementation, starting with mainstreaming of gender equality and women’s empowerment, environment, governance, inclusion & peace-building issues and their related SDGs in national planning and monitoring frameworks, building capacities for integrated, inter-sectoral approaches to SDG based planning;
- SDG data collection, management and dissemination capacity support, reinforcing the need for an integrated monitoring and reporting framework for the SDGs/NDP - including support to the preparation of a national report and four governorate level reports as policy platforms for promoting the SDGs and the NDP.