Publications

Regional Advocacy Paper: Building More Inclusive, Sustainable and Prosperous Societies in Europe and Central Asia

This regional advocacy paper provides key policy recommendations that can help countries overcome the existing development bottlenecks and boost the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, leaving no one behind.

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Looking back, Leaping Forward - Moving from MDGs to SDGs in Europe and Central Asia  

Published July 2016

This report looks back at the experience of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and, at the same time, takes on a forward-looking perspective to achieve a successful transition to the much more complex and comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Inter alia, the new agenda will be a catalyst for new ways of cooperation within the UN system. At the regional level and in view of the integrated nature of the SDGs, the regional UN system has committed to work together more closely, to act jointly and to seek synergies across different UN entities and themes. This report, jointly prepared as an inter-agency product within the framework of the Regional Coordination Mechanism and the Regional UN Development Group, exemplifies such cooperation.

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2030 Sustainable Development Agenda - Joint Positioning by the Regional UN System in Europe and Central Asia  

Published April 2016

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development underlines the important role and comparative advantage of an adequately resourced, relevant, coherent, efficient and effective UN system in supporting SDG achievement. This is applicable to the UN system at all levels – global, regional and national. At the regional level, over 20 UN entities are active with regional or sub-regional mandates in Europe and Central Asia. The Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) and the Regional UN Development Group for Europe and Central Asia serve as platforms for close cooperation in thematic areas requiring diverse technical expertise and application of best available approaches. The positioning document captures the key messages and actions agreed by the Heads of the regional UN entities in response to the 2030 Agenda.

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Lessons on Monitoring and Implementation of the MDGs for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Published: February 2015

The adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration and its formalization into the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) represented a major achievement in terms of providing a framework for advancing development in an inclusive manner. Implementation of the framework, however, has proven to be quite complex and many lessons have been learned along the way that can inform the design and implementation of the post -2015 development agenda.

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Building more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous societies in Europe and Central Asia

Published: September 2013

The report “Building more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous societies in Europe and Central Asia – A common United Nations vision for the post-2015 development agenda” was prepared within the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Europe and Central Asia and the United Nations Development Group for Europe and Central Asia. Prepared by a team of over a dozen UN entities active in Europe and Central Asia, and coordinated by UNECE and UNDP, it captures the rich experiences of a region that comprises high-, middle- and low-income countries and offers insights for the global debate.

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From Transition to Transformation Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Europe and Central Asia

Published: March 2012

This report is among the first attempts to take an integrated look at sustainable development in the pan-European region. It presents new policy proposals to help manage the needed change to a greener and more inclusive economy with benefits for people throughout the region. The report calls for the adoption of a new growth model in the pan-European region — one which increases human development, advances equality and reduces the ecological footprint — a model that is both necessary and possible.

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The MDGs in Europe and Central Asia: Achievements, Challenges and the Way Forward

Published: December 2010

At the start of the new millennium, 189 world leaders came together at the United Nations to create an agenda to make the future better for everyone on the planet. The result was the Millennium Declaration setting forth norms and core values to guide development. Those core values are freedom, equality, democracy, solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature, and a shared responsibility for human development.

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