Research-policy Meeting on Interpreting SDGs for South Asia: In Search of a Regional Framework

20 – 21 November 2018
Dhaka, Bangladesh

IPS Research Fellow, Ganga Tilakaratna, recently discussed Sri Lanka’s initiatives to facilitate and accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and highlighted the key implementation challenges. Since the endorsement of the 2030 Agenda, Sri Lanka has taken several important initiatives to implement the SDGs, such as the enactment of the Sustainable Development Act No. 19 of 2017 to provide the legal framework for SDG implementation and the establishment of a Parliamentary Select Committee and a separate Ministry as the focal point on SDGs.

Dr. Tilakaratna pointed out that despite such initiatives, there are many implementation challenges particularly in the areas of institutional coherence, financing, partnerships and stakeholder engagement and data.

She highlighted these issues during her presentation at the research-policy meeting on ‘Interpreting SDGs for South Asia: In Search of a Regional Framework’, organised by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), in partnership with UNESCAP, South and South-West Asia Office, Delhi and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), on 20 – 21 November 2018, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr. Tilakaratna also served as a discussant in the session on regional means/instruments to promote SDGs in the region, where she highlighted the importance of the political commitment of the countries to promote regional corporation for achieving SDGs in South Asia and the need for reviving the existing institutional mechanisms and instruments in the region to make them more effective in facilitating the delivery of SDGs.

This workshop was attended by a number of researchers and policymakers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.