Ganga Tilakaratna Highlights Sri Lanka’s Initiatives to Localize SDGs

01 – 02 November 2017
Kathmandu, Nepal

IPS Research Fellow, Ganga Tilakaratna, recently discussed the government initiatives to localize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to enhance coordination of the SDG implementation in Sri Lanka. She also highlighted some of the key challenges faced by the country in the SDG implementation process such as financing, building capacity and awareness, and strengthening stakeholder coordination.

Dr. Tilakaratna made these remarks at the South and South-West Asia Forum on Implementation of the Sustainable Goals, organized by the United Nations ESCAP, held on 01 – 02 November 2017, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The Forum provided a unique opportunity to share perspectives on “Transformation towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies,” the theme of the next session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2018, and to discuss how the South and South-West Asia sub-region can cooperate to assess progress on the thematic SDGs for review by the HLPF in 2018. The Forum was attended by representatives of the government, think tanks, non-government, and private sector organizations of the countries in the South and South West Asia region.