Establishing a workable follow-up and review process for the Sustainable Development Goals

Establishing a workable follow-up and review process for the Sustainable Development Goals

The Open Working  Group document proposes that governments will set its own national targets. They will be guided by the global level of ambition but taking into account national circumstances. To make the Post-2015 agenda actionable, much more thought needs to be given to the process of target-setting, different actors’ responsibilities, implementation and accountability.

This paper published by the Overseas Development Institute and written by Shannon Kindornay and Sarah Twigg rounds up the current content and politics of the debate on accountability in the post-2015 agenda. It finds:

-Follow-up and review processes should include all stakeholders responsible for realising sustainable development outcomes and incorporate existing global, regional and national mechanisms.

-Ensuring the relevance and applicability of a universal agenda to all countries will require differentiated application of sustainable development targets. To this effect, this paper proposes four sets of targets for differentiated application.

-To be seen as a success, the universal sustainable development goals will require near universal endorsement and should articulate a vision for sustainable development that applies to all people, addresses global public goods and outlines where collective action is needed to achieve national level sustainable development outcomes.

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