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2014 Regional Sustainable Development Transition Series: Asia-Pacific Workshop 


Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through transformative governance practices and vertical collaboration at the national and sub-national levels

April 7-9, 2014
Incheon, Republic of Korea
Orakai Songdo Park Hotel

The three day workshop convened approximately 30 government planners, policy-makers and experts from across Asia-Pacific to advance a community of innovative practice and create a knowledge base and capacity building agenda for national and sub-national strategy-making, planning and implementation. This effort is designed to begin preparing countries for delivering the Post-2015 Development Agenda. It was held back to back with the first annual Sustainable Development Transition Forum.

The workshop participants identified capacity building needs in many areas. The most emphasized ones, which will be elaborated in the forthcoming regional report, include:  

  1. Planning based on eco-regions
  2. Long term planning (include resilience and scenarios)
  3. Sector analysis and inter-sectoral linking (integration)
  4. Connecting strategies and budget
  5. Building capacities for developing sub-national plans
  6. Local government capacity to implement policies
  7. Interactive top-bottom/bottom-top process tools
  8. Data quality and statistical validity
  9. Capacity to collect and use relevant data
  10. Improving transparency and accountability

This list informs that perceived weaknesses are generally in the following:

  • Formulating a long-term and integrated sustainable development plan or NSDS, this implies that participants see the need to improve existing strategies.
  • Harmonizing/integrating and maximizing co-benefits from sector strategies, policies and programs, which is consistent with the finding that horizontal integration remains weak.
  • Vertical integration and coordination, indicating weaknesses in these areas.
  • Planning and implementation capabilities at the sub-national levels, which also indicates the inadequacy of vertical integration.
  • Connecting strategies with budgeting or financing the plan.
  • All aspects of M&E especially data collection, analysis/interpretation and results reporting to promote transparency and accountability.


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