Aug 20-24, 2018 / Colombo, Republic of Sri Lanka
Practitioner-to-Practitioner Forum on Strengthening Capacities of Public Administration in Island States
UNPOG in collaboration with UNISDR as well as the UN in Sri Lanka, organized the Practitioner to Practitioner forum on Strengthening Capacities of Public Administration in Island States: Equipping Public Institutions, Strengthening Resilience and Building Effective Partnerships for Implementing the 2030 Agenda. A total of 43 participants representing 15 Island States and Sri Lanka attended the forum. The forum was organizied on the topic of policy coherence and resilience in response to the 2017 UNDESA/DPIDG/UNPOG’s Capacity Needs Assessment in which countries stated Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience as their key priority for capacity development. Key outcome messages included a call for greater capacity development on finance and technology transfer for risk-informed development policy and decision-making. Through a session focused on integrated monitoring of the SDGs and Sendai Framework, Seychelles committed to do their Voluntary National Review for 2020. Countries such as Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Comoros requested further capacity support to deliver or begin their VNRs, some of which are scheduled for 2019. Countries also called for greater follow up training to be delivered through online courses or webinars.