NEW YORK: Samoas approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was highlighted by Prime Minister Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele Lupesoliai Malielegaoi in New York this week.
Tuilaepa was speaking at the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) attended by Leaders under the 74th Session of the General Assembly Accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“Integrating the SDGs into our national development strategy – the Strategy for the Development of Samoa – ensures that implementation is aptly contextualized and part and parcel of overall national planning and budgeting processes,” he said during the session on transformative potential of the 2030 Agenda.
“Samoa in line with implementation of the SDS is taking the same sector-wide approach to implementing the SDGs,” he said.
Reflecting on Samoas Voluntary National Review of the SDGs in 2016, Tuilaepa said : “Aligning the 17 Goals with the SDS and 14 Sector Plans of Government allows us to link SDG implementation to existing monitoring and evaluation frameworks and to key development financing in each sector.”
He said all SDGs are allocated to each Sector for implementation thereby aligning it to budgets and resource allocations within Sectors each financial year. The SDG Summit in New York brought together political and thought leaders from governments, private sector, civil society and international organizations in a series of high-level meetings to turn the ten years leading up to the 2030 deadline for achieving the SDG into a decisive decade of action and delivery.
According to Tuilaepa, Samoa is committed to the SDGs: “We need to look at a people centered approach and Samoa has committed to a human rights approach.” He said the same process used to implement SDGs is also applied to implementation efforts for regional and international commitments including the Paris Agreement, Small Islands Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA Pathway), Pacific Framework for Reigonalism and relevant human rights disarmament and environment conventions.
Despite Samoas progress Tuileapa said challenges remain for his country. “The demands from regional and international organizations for reports or data based on specific SDG targets and indicators outside dedicated national reporting periods are adding to burden to our already stretched capacity.”
He said Samoa is resolving these issues through a variety of approaches. “In order to respond to these challenges and address progress, we build on synergies and address gaps through effective and efficient use of resources including investing in capacity, particularly analytical capacity, statistical needs and prioritization are key.”
The coverage of the United Nations General Assembly 74th Session and the Midterm Review of the SAMOA Pathway is made possible by the Island Voices Journalism Campaign by the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States and supported by the Government of Netherlands.