April 30, 2019

With 11 years left before the 2030 deadline, the National Economic and Development Authority seeks to ramp up the contributions of various stakeholders to meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), NEDA launched on April 30 a website on the SDGs to monitor the Philippines’ progress and inform the public about the past and current government- and non-government initiatives to attain these 17 goals.

“The SDGs website also aims to provide a platform for different stakeholders on how to contribute to the attainment of the goals. It will highlight the need for a concerted effort to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and exemplify how the whole of government and whole of society approaches are necessary,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said at the ceremonial launch in Pasig City.

The SDGs website can be accessed at http://sdg.neda.gov.ph/

“We are still in the process of providing more information on how the SDGs are localized, and how the competencies of businesses, the academe, and media can be further harnessed for the SDGs,” he said.

Through the website, NEDA and UNICEF will also gather inputs for the ongoing Voluntary National Review of the implementation of the SDGs.

Consultations with stakeholders such as the youth, labor tripartite bodies, and civil society organizations, were held this year for the crafting of the VNR. The final report will be presented at the UN Headquarters in New York in July 2019.

 “We acknowledge that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that propel economic growth and address a range of social needs. These includes education, health, social protection, and job opportunities while tackling climate change and environmental protection,” Pernia said.