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High-Level Event: Follow-up and Review of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

2 November 2015 | United Nations Complex, Nairobi, Kenya


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Web CoverageAbout | 2 Nov
Room shot

A view of the room during the opening keynote

A High-Level Event on “Follow-up and Review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” was held at the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN)’s 6th Partners Meeting convened in Nairobi, Kenya on 2 November 2015. Organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in collaboration with the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Landesa, the Global Land Indicators Initiative and the GLTN, the event was the first on the follow-up and review process for land and soils since the adoption of the SDGs.

Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat, opened the event outlining land as a cross-cutting issue and its relationship to urbanization, with Alexander Müller, IASS, providing opening remarks. Müller emphasized the need to draw on cross-linkages in an integrated approach for inclusive SDG implementation, proposing thematic reviews on land and natural resources to support the follow-up and review process.

Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN, delivered a keynote presentation calling for a shift in mindset and changing the way of doing business for implementation of the 2030 agenda. He highlighted the interconnections between the SDGs and the need to go beyond silos and sectors.

Two interactive panels followed on “From the setting of global goals to country level implementation, setting thematic foci and strategies for collaboration” and “What role will the UN system, governments, civil society, others play in the review of the 2030 Agenda,” respectively.

Summarizing the five key messages from the meeting, Müller highlighted: implementation of the 2030 agenda needs to be done in a new, innovative way; multi-stakeholder processes are key for follow-up and review mechanisms; the need for thematic reviews especially for land, water and natural resources to inform the review process; the importance of accountability and governance; and the need to maintain momentum around the SDGs for implementation, linking national and global processes.

Moderator Ivonne Lobos Alva, IASS, thanked participants and closed the meeting at 6:05 pm.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided web coverage and a briefing note from the High-Level Event on Follow-up and Review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which is available in HTML or PDF format.


Opening


Keynote dais
A view of the dais during the opening keynote

Ivonne Lobos Alva

Moderator Ivonne Lobos Alva, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Joan Clos

Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)


Alexander Müller

Alexander Müller, IASS

Macharia Kamau

Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Kenya
See IASS’ interview with Ambassador Kamau on Follow-up and Review of the 2030 Agenda


Interactive panel discussion: From the setting of global goals to country level
implementation, setting thematic foci and strategies for collaboration


Panel 1 dais shot
A view of the dais during the first panel discussion.

Aida Opoku‐Mensah

Aida Opoku‐Mensah, UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Frits van der Wal

Frits van der Wal, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands


Jaime Webbe

Jaime Webbe, UNEP

Jes Weigelt

Jes Weigelt, IASS

Oumar Sylla

Oumar Sylla, UN-Habitat


Interactive panel discussion: What role will the UN system, governments,
civil society, and others play in the review of the 2030 Agenda


Panel 2 dais shot
A view of the dais during the second panel discussion.

Louisa Jansen

Louisa Jansen, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

David O'Connor

David O'Connor, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)


Raf Tuts

Raf Tuts, UN-Habitat

Gertrude Kenyangi

Gertrude Kenyangi, Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN)

Clarissa Augustinus

Clarissa Augustinus, UN-Habitat


Around the High-Level Event


Coffee Break

Coffee break

SDGs connections

A slide showing the network of relationships between the SDGs


Roderick Obeja

Roderick Obeja, World Youth Alliance

Sue Mbaya

Sue Mbaya, SM & Associates


Everlyne Nairesiae, Oxfam

Everlyne Nairesiae, Oxfam

Alice Junquiera

Alice Junquiera, OCAC Chile/Brazilian Youth Coalition for the Post-2015


Lunch
Delegates enjoyed an outdoor lunch before the event.

Web CoverageAbout | 2 Nov
Funding for coverage of the High-Level Event:
Follow-up and Review of the Post-2015 Development Agenda has been provided by IASS
IASS