The expert meeting on “Readying institutions for integrated approaches to the 2030 Agenda” took place from 14 to 16 December 2016 at UNIDO Headquarters in Vienna. 

The meeting reflected on the interlinkages among the seven SDGs to be reviewed by the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2017 (poverty, hunger, health, gender, infrastructure, oceans and means of implementation) and how public institutions and policies can best deal with these interlinkages.

A key message was that taking full account of the interlinkages among the SDGs will help accelerate implementation. Participants noted that this is complex. They pointed out that there is need for simple tools and frameworks to transform the analysis of interrelations into actual operational guidance to policy makers. 


Report of the expert meeting


The 2016 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) showed that many countries are already well advanced in setting in motion the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the United Nations in September 2015. They are, however, grappling with the challenge of developing policies that integrate economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and build on the synergies between the various goals and targets. The meeting thus aimed to explore how far we have gone in ensuring that institutions are organized and equipped to deliver integrated plans and policies.

The meeting focused on the group of SDGs to be reviewed by the HLPF in July 2017, namely the SDGs on eradicating poverty, ending hunger, ensuring healthy lives, achieving gender equality, building resilient infrastructure and promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and protecting oceans (Goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14) as well as SDG 17 on means of Implementation. Attention was given to the interrelations among these goals and targets, as well as between them and the other SDGs.

Participants exchanged experiences on how institutional arrangements, plans, policies and means of implementation can best build on these inter linkages and achieve integrated approaches. They identified what has worked and reflect on solutions for the future. The focus was not only on sectoral ministries, but also on the various kinds of institutions that may exist in an area and how they relate with one another. International cooperation and the impact of policies and actors beyond the country level was also addressed.



Other background material


Substantive matters

Mr. Patrick Spearing, Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer
Telephone: +1 212 963-3352

Mr. David Le Blanc, Senior Sustainable Development Officer
Telephone: +1 212 963-5504

Ms. Ran Kim, Governance and Public Administration Officer
Telephone: +1 212 963-2692


Ms. Ayumi Fujino, Director 
Office of the Director General, Strategic Planning and Coordination 
Telephone: +43 1 26060 5427

Administrative and financial matters

Ms. Xinxin Cai
Programme Assistant
Telephone: +1 212 963-7573