Eastern Visayas forms body to monitor UN goals’ progress

Eastern Visayas forms body to monitor UN goals’ progress

TACLOBAN CITY – The Regional Development Council (RDC) has created a special committee on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to monitor Eastern Visayas’ progress in attaining the goals set by members of the United Nations.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director Bonifacio Uy said on Tuesday the new committee is composed of representatives from key national government agencies, local government units, and civil society organizations with NEDA as chair and providing support as secretariat.

“The committee was created to ensure the attainment of the SDGs in the region by monitoring its progress on the SDGs, review SDG-related programs and policies, and submit recommendations to the RDC to address gaps in policies and programs needed to drive progress on SDGs,” Uy said.

The region’s highest policy-making body approved the creation of a special committee during a virtual meeting on Oct. 29.

The regional body supports the national sub-committee on the SDGs created by the Development Budget Coordinating Committee through a resolution dated December 11, 2019.

The national committee is responsible for ensuring better coordination of the implementation of the SDG programs in the country.

Government agencies have yet to come up with revised regional targets on SDG adding up more indicators that may be suggested for monitoring in the region as agreed during a Regional Statistical Committee (RSC) meeting early this year.

“The proposed targets were presented just recently during the RSC meeting, however, there’s a need to revisit other targets. NEDA as chair of the RSC suggested that the targets should be at par with the national targets or even better than the national target,” said Jane Gotico, Philippine Statistics Authority regional senior statistical specialist in a mobile phone interview on Tuesday.

Signed in 2015 by members of the United Nations, including the Philippines, the SDGs are a new, universal set of goals, targets, and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame country agenda and policies over the next 15 years. It consists of 17 goals, 169 targets, and 232 unique indicators.

It is a framework for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all by addressing global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice. (PNA)

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