The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) is a multi-stakeholder platform for SDG solutions, organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in close cooperation with the Regional UN System. The Regional Forum follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UNECE region. Focusing on practical value-added and peer learning, it creates a regional space to share policy solutions, best practices and challenges in SDG implementation and helps identify major regional and sub-regional trends.
The Regional Forum is open to the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including international and regional organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector. Fourteen of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention are also UNECE Members: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey.
Side event on voluntary peer review mechanisms in support of sustainable development in the Mediterranean
The MAP – Barcelona Convention Secretariat has joined forces with the Hellenic Ministry of the Environment and Energy to organize a side event that aims to showcase all the analogs of global mechanisms for sustainable development that are in place in the Mediterranean region, namely:
Pertinent testimonies from Mediterranean countries will be at the core of this side event: Representatives of France, Greece and Montenegro will report on peer learning activities related to their national frameworks established for implementing the 2030 Agenda and SDGs.
A representative from the UNECE Environment Division will correlate the countries’ experiences to those of the UNECE Environmental Performance Review Programme.
The side event will take place on Thursday, 21 March 2019, 13:00-14:30 - International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG).
The Regional Dimension as a bridge between global processes and national policies for sustainable development in the Mediterranean
The 2030 Agenda acknowledges the importance of the regional and sub-regional dimensions, regional economic integration and interconnectivity in sustainable development. Regional and sub-regional frameworks are recognized as facilitating the effective translation of sustainable development policies intro concrete action at the national level. Furthermore, the 2030 Agenda welcomes the cooperation of regional and sub-regional commissions and organizations and encourages states to identify the most suitable regional fora in which to engage.
The MAP – Barcelona Convention system has a leading role in facilitating the coordinated implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs at the regional level and in ensuring the transition towards a green and blue economy in the Mediterranean. It supports long-standing processes and structures adapt the global processes to the Mediterranean dimension: