Federated States of Micronesia’s Vice President Yosiwo P. George opened the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) localization workshop on 6 December 2017, in the FSM Capital at Palikir, Pohnpei State. FSM joined its fellow United Nations (UN) Member States with committing in 2015 to a new sustainable development agenda with seventeen goals and specific targets known as the Sustainable Development Goals and these aim to transform our world for the next fifteen years.
The SDG localization workshop was the opportunity for the FSM national government to meet with state representatives from Chuuk, Kosrae, Yap and Pohnpei to review and understand the SDG targets and indicators not only at the national but also at the state level.
The government of FSM has been working steadily with partners to set up mechanisms that will support the implementation of the SDGs at the National level. “Drawing on lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the FSM government has set up a National working group to work closely with UN agencies and other partners to align the SDGs into the national planning systems”. The working group is an effective internal coordination mechanism which draws from all sectors within the government machinery, and the Chairperson provides the internal oversight.
At the meeting, participants were keen to learn about how the SDGs will be translated at the local level and the collective efforts needed to ensure that FSM is ready to report on progress by 2030. Vice President George reiterated the importance of meeting the SDG targets, recognizing the need to review the goals against the budget in the annual cycles. “Resourcing the SDGs is just as important as identifying the goals and targets for effective implementation”.
The state delegations were comprised of government officials, representatives from civil society organizations, youth, women, and disabled persons groups. This diverse representation ensures inclusive engagement from all sectors of society, and reinforces the commitment of leaving no one behind. Whilst there is a need to look at the national goals and indicators, looking at the regional targets and indicators is also relevant, along with identifying relevant goals and indicators for the different states.
SDG localization calls for stronger leadership and ownership at all levels and requires a new way of working. Apart from identifying targets and indicators, the SDGs outreach and awareness continues to be part of the localization process.
The outcome of the three days’ workshop looks at strengthening internal coordination systems, raising the SDGs profile, and developing a roadmap focused on SDG delivery for the 2023-2030 period. The workshop was organized by the FSM SDG Working Group members, with the support of UN agencies and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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