On 5th July, the Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN, Dr. Ion Jinga, had an intervention on the theme “Supplemental indicator for Goal 16: UNDP and the Community of Democracies”, within the 2nd Annual Workshop of the Group of Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development, organized by the Permanent Mission of Romania at the UN headquarters in New York.
The Romanian Ambassador stressed the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people. He underlined the importance of securing the means of implementation: the mobilization of financial resources, capacity-building and technology, as well as data and institutions.
Recalling that the promotion of peaceful and democratic societies is an important pillar of the 2030 Agenda, he emphasized that ”if we want to ensure that no one is left behind, we need to make sure that no right is forgotten”. He also praised the role of the UNDP to support the developing states for the implementation of the SDGs and welcomed the appointment of the new UNDP Administrator.
Ambassador Jinga referred to the importance of developing a good set of indicators and underlined the role of the UN Statistical Commission and of the National Institutes of Statistics in adopting this year Global indicators framework. He also noted that it is essential to avoid the duplication of the indicators in order to avoid overburden the national institutions when reporting on their progress.
Referring to the SDG 16 Supplemental Indicators Framework initiative of the Community of Democracies, the Ambassador presented the progress of drafting the Supplemental Indicators Framework:”As future chair of the CoD Governing Council (2019-2021), Romania will support the SDG16 Supplemental Indicators Framework, aiming to be a tool to help countries in monitoring the implementation of the SDG 16 in a more accurate way”.
He further exemplified the steps Romania is taking in the revision and completion of the legal framework and the setting up of the institutional mechanism for the implementation of the SDGs. He mentioned that Romania will make the National Voluntary Presentation to the 2018 High-Level Political Forum.
The Romanian Permanent Representative stressed the role of the national Parliaments in promoting the 2030 Agenda, by exemplifing the most recent activities organized by the Romanian Parliament on the SDGs, including the adoption of a Declaration on the achievement of the SDGs, in the presence of representatives of parliaments from 27 States, on 18 April 2016.
The Ambassador referred also to the completion of the national legal framework regulating the international cooperation for development and humanitarian aid, in 2016, and the establishment of an Agency (RoAid), as a specialized body subordinated to the MFA, which would ensure both the political programming and the implementation of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid policies.
The Group of Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development was created in 2011 as an informal group of countries aiming to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals by ensuring effective, transparent, accountable and democratic institutions at all levels.
The Group is currently chaired by the governments of the Republic of Korea, Mexico and Romania. Over the last two years, it has hosted a series of workshops and published a book based the papers. Recognizing that national and international governance of sustainable development are two different but mutually supporting discussions, the Group has been open to address both.