Phnom Penh, January 28, 2016: In order to respond well to the demand of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGOF) in collaboration with Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC) and Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) and other key networks jointly organized a series of discussions, one of which was the first kick start meeting with leaders of umbrella organizations and sectorial networks.
The discussion theme was “CSO Governance Structure for Engagement in Sustainable Development Goals in Cambodia,” and the objectives were:
- Sensitization of the process and contents of SDGs and Financing for Development, and Paris Outcome: Climate Change.
- Mapping out current institutions of CSOs about their key focuses and how are they related to SDGs
- Discussion on governance arrangement within the NGOs/CSOs for engagement in localization of SDGs in Cambodia and beyond
- Development of a concrete event calendar for CSOs participation in each event linked with localization of SDGs at subnational, national and international levels.
“The world had finished the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015 and the SDGs has started from 2016 to 2030. The 1992 Rio agreement on world sustainable development had focused on three aspects, social, environment and economic,” said Dr. Tek Vannara, NGOF’s Executive Director. “And the new SDGs had also been discussing on the resource mobilization, which will also include the tax revenue from each country to supports the implementation of SDGs localization process.”
- El Sotheary, CCC’s Head of Program said SDGs was the new set of goals made by the United Nation (UN), taking place from 2016 to 2030. During the SDGs establishing, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has been raised by the UN secretary general as the oxygen of the democracy, as CSOs had participate since 2013, by working with different NGOs to collect inputs for the SDGs. Throughout the input collection process, CSOs want to see SDGs as:
- Social Inclusion and Human Development
- Inclusive Economic Development
- NRM and Ecological Development
- Good governance and Inclusive Partnership
- Human Rights to Development, as the private sector is play more important role, but the needs to respect of human rights is also in demand.
The SDGs is considered as the bottom up mechanism, by taking inputs from people all around the world through CSOs in every country. The inputs were also being collected from the government, academia and private sectors. While MDGs concentrated on human development, SDGs is somehow focusing on three significant traits counting human, environment and economic. Additionally, another three mechanisms, people, planet and prosperity through peace and partnership had been deployed. Finally, for SDGs, the financing had been start ahead of setting goals and the monitoring framework is more precise.
There are 17 goals of SDGs including:
- End poverty: continue from MDGs. Has 7 targets.
- Zero hunger: ensure food security. Has 8 targets.
- Good health and well-being: ensure healthy and promote well-being. Has 13 targets.
- Quality education: inclusive and equitable education. Has 10 targets.
- Gender equality: ensure gender balance. Has 9 targets.
- Clean water and sanitation: ensure availability and management of clean water and sanitation. Has 8 targets.
- Affordable and clean energy: energy for everyone. Has 5 targets.
- Decent work and economic growth: inclusive sustainable economic growth. Has 12 targets.
- Industry, innovation and infrastructure: resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialization and forest innovation. Has 8 targets.
- Reduced inequality: reduced inequality within and among countries. Has 10 targets.
- Sustainable cities and communities: inclusive human settlement. Has 10 targets.
- Responsible consumption and production: ensure sustainable consumption and production partner. Has 11 targets.
- Climate Action: combat on climate change. Has 5 targets.
- Life below water: sustainable use of ocean. Has 10 targets.
- Life on land: protect and restore sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystem. Has 12 targets.
- Peace, Justice and Strong Institution: peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. Has 12 targets.
- Partnerships for the goals: strengthening means of global partnership for sustainable development. Has 19 targets.
For more SDGs information, please visit https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs