Published first in Business World by Marissa Mae M. Ramos
THE NATIONAL Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said it launched a a website tracking the Philippines’ progress in meeting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
NEDA, in partnership with the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF), launched the SDG website in Pasig City Tuesday, calling the tracker a sign of its commitment to achieve the 17 SDGs.
“The website aims to provide a platform for different stakeholders to contribute to the attainment of these goals. It will provide information on government and non-government initiatives to promote and attain the SDGs,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said at the ceremony launching the site.
The SDGs, which were adopted by United Nations member states in 2015, identified 17 goals intended to ultimately end poverty and other forms of deprivation. Among its goals are to end poverty and hunger, improve health and well-being, and provide quality education.
Targets and indicators for each SDG were laid out in the platform, which is linked to the latest available data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
Ola Almgren, the UN Resident Coordinator for the Philippines, said the government has provided an “informative digital resource in understanding the SDGs.”
“If I am looking at this from the United Nations’ point of view, we see it as the Philippines taking on a leadership role already in the development of the 2030 Agenda as it continues to (play a) key role through implementation also at the international level,” Mr. Almgren said in his speech.
A “call for inputs” for the second Voluntary National Review (VNR) of the Philippines is contained in the “Policy Mainstreaming” tab. The VNR is a periodic assessment of the country’s activities in completing the SDGs by 2030. The first VNR was presented in 2016 while the ongoing VNR will be presented in July at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The newly launched government website can be accessed through http://sdg.neda.gov.ph/.
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