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Country-level needs for SDG implementation in Europe and Central Asia

In view of its interconnectedness, the new agenda of SDGs will require holistic approaches and coherent action by global, regional and country level actors. In order to ensure interlinkages between the regional and country levels, the ECA Regional UNDG Team undertook a consultation with ECA UN Resident Coordinators (RCs) and Country Teams (UNCT) through a survey to identify needs and requirements at country level with regard to SDG implementation. This document presents the finding of the survey as well as conclusions drawn.

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Delivering together facility for sustainable development

With the growing call for the UN development system to go beyond business-as-usual coordination and rise to the challenge to support implementation of the more ambitious and integrated 2030 Agenda, United Nations Development Operations and Coordination Office (UNDOCO) has reviewed the data and practice evidence, as well as the policy and resource mechanisms at its disposal, and established the Delivering Together Facility for Sustainable Development (DTF), to be operational in 2017. The DTF is set up as a flexible funding mechanism to provide seed funds to RCs and UNCTs, to help them leverage joined-up UN development system’s efforts in support of Member States implementing the 2030 Agenda. This document presents the design features, strategic framework, implementation arrangements and fund management of the DTF, which will become operational in 2017.

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Investing in gender-equal sustainable development

This paper develops an agenda for investing in sustainable development, with particular emphasis on local priorities, poverty alleviation and gender equality. Sustainable development can take many different pathways, even within the dominant ‘three-pillar’ paradigm (economy-environment-society) of sustainability. The paper thus argues that any sustainable development pathway must include an explicit commitment to gender equality in both its conceptualization and implementation. It highlights four ‘mundane’ sectors in which investments at scale could be potentially transformative and should therefore be substantially increased: domestic water, safe sanitation, clean(er)-burning cookstoves, and domestic electricity services.

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Looking back, leaping forward: moving from MDGs to SDGs in Europe and Central Asia

This report takes stock of the progress achieved in Europe and Central Asia under the MDGs with the aim to chart the elements that are crucial for a successful transition to the SDGs. It draws on the experiences derived from the implementation of the MDGs, but also addresses the new challenges and opportunities for integrated interventions that come with the much more complex 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The report is structured into three parts. First, it takes stock of the progress achieved in the implementation of the MDGs. It aims to identify the main challenges at the beginning of the MDG period, how these were addressed and what has been achieved. The second section places the MDGs in the context of the wider SDG framework by identifying the unfinished agenda under the MDGs and discussing how the areas covered by the MDGs are now reflected in the 2030 Agenda. The final section describes some of the initial steps that governments in the region are taking to implement the 2030 Agenda and the ways in which the regional UN system can support these efforts. It concludes by identifying and assessing a number of risks that may influence SDG achievement and stressing the importance of collaboration for successful implementation.

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Standard operating procedures for countries adopting the 'Delivering as One' approach

Following the implementation of the ‘Delivering as One’ approach in 8 pilot countries, a second generation of “Delivering as One” was called for in 2012 and more than forty countries have formally adopted it. Efforts under 'Delivering as one' have now matured to the point where this set of Standard Operating Procedures is developed. They will enable the United Nations to function more effectively and foster greater collaboration and teamwork. The document is structured according to the core elements of the ‘Delivering As One’ approach: One Programme, Common Budgetary Framework (and One Fund), One Leader, Operating as One and Communicating as One.

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The Sustainable Development Goals are coming to life: stories of country implementation and UN support

This publication provides a glimpse into the early efforts of 16 countries across regions to bring the global SDGs to life, and the role United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) play in the process. It illustrates how these countries are beginning to integrate the 2030 Agenda into visions, strategies and plans at the national, sub-national and local levels. The country efforts include raising public awareness, seeking engagement of different stakeholders, adapting the SDGs to national and local contexts, increasing coherence across policy areas and between levels of government, assessing risk and strengthening monitoring and accountability mechanisms.

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The Sustainable Development Goals are coming to life: stories of country implementation and UN support

This publication provides a glimpse into the early efforts of 16 countries across regions to bring the global SDGs to life, and the role United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) play in the process. It illustrates how these countries are beginning to integrate the 2030 Agenda into visions, strategies and plans at the national, sub-national and local levels. The country efforts include raising public awareness, seeking engagement of different stakeholders, adapting the SDGs to national and local contexts, increasing coherence across policy areas and between levels of government, assessing risk and strengthening monitoring and accountability mechanisms.

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Value chain analysis of solar water heater industry in China

This study was conducted as part of a larger joint programme that aims to advance efforts to promote clean development through the creation of green jobs. It examines major problems currently besetting solar water heater manufacturers and distributors in Dezhou, China, and offers suggestions for improving the solar water heater value chain.

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An evidence-based review of MDG-F experiences: a contribution to the QCPR process

This document was prepared by the MDG-F in 2012 to systemize its experience to date in joint programming and implementation through its 130 joint programmes in 50 countries across five regions in eight thematic areas. The document includes evidence based lessons and good practices on issues closely related to those that were discussed during the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR), with the goal of contributing to this QCPR process. These issues include: 1. The coherence, effectiveness, relevance, and efficiency of development programmes; 2. National ownership of development processes and results; 3. Capacity development and sustainability of development results; and 4. Mutual accountability.

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Sectoral approach and international technology development and transfer in the electricity sector in China

This working paper focuses on the Chinese electricity sector and illustrates the importance of sectoral approach for technology development and transfer to escape lock‐in effects and achieve emission reduction. This paper also comments on the contributions to technology development from the existing proposals on sectoral approaches. It concludes by shedding some light on possible international and domestic institutional arrangements and potential demonstration projects, in order to use sectoral approach to substantially promote technology development and transfer.

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Feasibility study: rural household biogas and conservation tillage CDM project development in China

The China Climate Change Partnership Framework (CCPF) brought together nine UN Agencies, ten government line ministries, local Governments, and a host of other counterparts from academia, the public and the private sectors, to deliver a series of interventions to promote the mainstreaming of climate change mitigation and adaptation into government policy and China’s achievement of MDG-7: environmental sustainability. This paper shares some of the key findings and case studies from work in the field, as well as policy recommendations and a gap analysis identifying possible future areas of cooperation for the government of China, the United Nations System and other local and international stakeholders in China.

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Development of a system of energy intensity indicators for the Egyptian economy

This report contributes to achieving the objective of increasing demand side energy efficiency in Egypt, without negatively impacting economic development targets. The application of the developed system should make it possible to track changes in energy intensity, identify barriers to the reduction of energy intensity, and help outline programs to reduce Egypt’ s energy intensity to decouple GDP and energy consumption growth. The system will thus provide the basis for sustained rational planning and decision making. This final report proposes energy intensity indicators, provides the data and methodology used, and proposes an energy accounting system, as well as actions and policies to improve energy efficiency.

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Policy brief: towards a more sustainable energy economy in Egypt

The energy sector plays an important role in achieving the economic and social development in Egypt through supplying the energy resources mix needed for different sectors and contributing about 15% of the country’s FDI. However, given recent trends in supply and demand, the Egyptian energy sector will be facing crucial challenges for securing the energy supplies requested for achieving the development programs. As a result, there is a need for the design and implementation of an aggressive energy policy reform. This policy brief, provides an overview of the challenges faced and offers strategic recommendations for policy makers.

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Review of MDG-F joint programmes: key findings and achievements

The review presents the key findings and achievements of the 130 joint programmes across 50 countries supported by the MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F) covering eight thematic areas: children, food security and nutrition; youth employment and migration; culture and development; gender equity and women’s empowerment; private sector and development; conflict prevention and peace building; environment and climate change; and democratic economic governance.

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Democratic economic governance: thematic study, full report

This report presents the key findings and achievements of the 11 Joint Programmes of the Democratic Economic Governance theme of the Millennium Development Achievement Fund (MDG-F) that aimed to democratize access to utility services and to improve governance in the water and sanitation sectors. The overarching goal of the Joint programmes was to accelerate progress worldwide towards achieving the MDG water and sanitation targets. Specifically, the programmes contributed to meeting the MDG7 target to halve the proportion of the population lacking sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015.

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