Sustainable Development Goals Localization


One of the lessons of MDG implementation was that early strategic planning is important in laying the groundwork for long-term progress, as putting in place priority actions at an early stage can have multiplier effects on development outcomes. UNDP has already begun mapping regional demand for support, an effort that has revealed strong interest for support across the Pacific SIDS. Some governments have also already started to translate the new agenda into their national development visions, strategies and plans.

UNDP is therefore proposing a regional initiative to support the SDG localization and implementation process and the sharing of innovations and lessons being learned at the country and regional level. Specifically, this initiative will support Pacific SIDS to:

  • Mainstream The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into national development strategies and plans. 
  • Initiate the development of integrated financing frameworks. 
  • Assess data availability and assist with baseline analysis for monitoring progress towards the SDGs.
  • Deepen South-South Cooperation across the Pacific SIDS through exchange of experiences and good practices. 


The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) has created a framework to assist countries in implementing the SDGs, called “MAPS” (Mainstreaming, Acceleration, and Policy Support). MAPS will guide UNDP’s approach in the Pacific SIDS. Where necessary globally developed tools will be adjusted to the specific needs of the SIDS.  

Based on scoping missions to several countries and consultations to date, several entry points have been identified including:

  1. Working with Government, civil society, academia and private sector to raise awareness of The 2030 Agenda and establish broad-based multi-stakeholder partnerships. This component recognizes that achieving the 2030 Agenda will require coordinated action from all sectors of society, and leveraging the knowledge and resources of the private sector and non-government actors as well as Government systems and capacities at the central and local levels. Efforts should be made to reach out and to engage also with stakeholders in remote areas/ outer islands.
  2. Supporting the integration of the SDGs into national and local policy-making, planning and budgeting processes. This component will identify ways to effectively integrate SDGs into national and sub-national policy frameworks, development planning processes and budgeting and implementation frameworks. It will also explore ways to strengthen policy coherence and whole of government approaches. The strengthening and/ or establishment of national SDG consultation and coordination systems (e.g. SDG taskforce, parliamentary committees, etc.) will facilitate this process.
  3. Supporting the identification of priorities and areas for ‘acceleration’, i.e. areas where progress has been lagging. This work will build on the experience of developing MDG Acceleration Frameworks (MAFs) and build capacity in applying tools and approaches for prioritization.
  4. Piloting the development of an integrated financing framework in a country with sufficient capacity and budget systems. Lessons learnt will be shared and resources mobilized to roll out the development of integrated financing frameworks to other countries. This work will build on the Development Finance Assessments methodology, Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review (CPEIR) and other related work and closely coordinated with ADB, World Bank and IMF. 
  5. Assessing data availability and support the determination of baselines for localized SDG targets. Assessments should consider using innovative ways of collecting and communicating data. Specific emphasis needs to be on ensuring sufficient disaggregation to track progress against ‘leaving no one behind’.  
  6. A regional process to distil and share experiences. This knowledge sharing process will enable horizontal exchanges amongst the national and sub-national partners engaged in the initiative, as well as sharing lessons vertically with national and regional platforms.  It will also provide an opportunity for deepening South-South Cooperation with partners where relevant.

All activities will seek to leverage support from other UN agencies and be closely coordinated with other development partners in particular the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat.

Who finances it?

USD $500,000 for a period of 18 months will complement regional and global funding for SDG roll out in Asia and the Pacific. The initiative will be implemented by the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific (RBAP) with technical support from the Pacific Regional Office and UNDP’s Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH). It will leverage support from and coordinate activities with other UN agencies and development partners in particular the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat.

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