Colombia has pioneered the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its early implementation.

The #GlobalGoals are a powerful driver of the country´s participatory planning processes and tools such as the National Development Plan, the Peace Agreement and local development plans.

In 2015 alone, UNDP worked hand in hand with local goverments to assist them with identifying and including the Goals in their development plans. This was an opportunity to connect with their constituencies on the most pressing development issues and come up with a roadmap to tackle them while contributing to the #2030Agenda.

Montería was one of the cities that linked a successful performance on green urbanism, transportation and renewable energy with the #SDGs. In 2016, Montería won the prize for the Colombian capital of sustainability by the World Wide Fund for Nature -WWF- and was declared one of the three most sustainable cities in Latin America at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Development, Habitat III in Quito.

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Participation at the heart of the agenda

The National Planning Department -DNP- is leading a multi-stakeholder platform that brings together civil society´s contributions towards #SDG achievement across the regions.

Participation is key for translating the #2030Agenda into an actionable plan for all stakeholders, especially for those at risk of being left-behind. In partnership with the Swedish government and UNDP support, the National Planning Department is developing tools to monitor civil society´s initiatives, promote knowledge management and the transfer of rights-based success stories that actively contribute to the achievement of the opportunities the #SDGs promise right where they are more needed.

The DNP is also launching a pilot project for private sector initiatives at the local level with the support of UNDD, jointly with the National Department of Statistics, the Global Reporting Initiative and the Global Compact.

Data to leave no one behind

The Technical Working Group led by the National Statistics Department has prompted the government to raise awareness on the requirements and methodologies to implement the Global Goals successfully, namely with localizing and measuring indicators.

From March 22 to 24, 2017, the First Andean Data Congress for the Sustainable Development Objectives was held with UN support to strengthen the capacities of the national statistical systems of the subregion, including Bolivia, Ecuador, Perú, Guyana y Surinam in producing the information required for the reporting of indicators.

“We at the National Department of Statistics -DANE- have a close relationship with UNDP in Colombia. We are working together for ensuring data availability and strengthening local capacities for SDGs monitoring. UNDP was an important player for the 1st Andean Congress on Data for SDG and they will provide support to the 2018 Voluntary National Report; this includes multi-stakeholder consultations events with civil society organizations, private sector and other non-state partners to involve left-behind groups, especially youth, ethnic groups and women, to raise their voice regarding SDGs advancement”.
Diana Nova, Coordinator SDG Group. DANE Colombia

Reporting and staying on track

Jointly with other UN agencies, UNDP is providing technical support to the 2018 National Voluntary Report (NVR). This includes multi-stakeholder consultations with relevant ministries, national agencies, civil society organizations, private sector and other non-state partners, as well as youth, ethnic groups and women to voice their concerns and hopes regarding SDG implementation and achievement.

“UNDP Colombia is a key partner for the National Planning Department (DNP) and the SDG Commission in Colombia. UNDP´s work with local governments in localizing SDGs, supporting the strategy to fill data gaps, and the inclusion of the Goals in Local Development Plans fully contributes to our mandate. For Colombia’s 2018 NRV, UNDP will provide inputs on non-statistical information and promote higher civil society participation.”

Felipe Castro, Technical Secretariat of the SDGs Commission. DNP Colombia

UNDP’s commitment to the #2030Agenda

From left to right: Martín Santiago, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representantive in Colombia; Jessica Faieta, Director of the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean; Niky Fabiancic, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Brazil and Antonio Molpeceres, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mexico.

The United Nations Development Programme in Colombia is supporting the implementation of the #SDGs through an integrated approach, establishing partnerships with the government at the national and local levels, civil society, academia and the private sector to:

  1. Assist translating the Global Goals into a relevant and well-understood agenda.
  2. Identify priorities and links to accelerate progress.
  3. Strengthen data systems to monitor and report progress towards the Goals both at the national and local levels.

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