Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

 

On 25th September 2015, 193 world leaders committed to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change in all countries for everyone by 2030. Through a set of 17 aspirational goals with 169 targets, the SDGs are new and universal with targets and indicators that UN member states will use to frame their respective development agendas and policies over the next 15 years.

 

National Action on the SDGs in Bhutan

When UN member states endorsed the SDGs in 2015, Bhutan was recognized as a role model as the GNH approach is closely in tune with the principles expressed in the SDGs and Agenda 2030. In a rapid integrated assessment of the 11th Five Year Plan into SDGs conducted by the UN in October 2015, 134 out of 143 of the SDG targets (excluding targets related to SDG 14 on Oceans and SDG 17 on Means of Implementation) were included. Furthermore, a preliminary assessment of the 12th Five Year Plan, which is still under formulation, showed similarly high levels of the SDGs included in the National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) and their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The 16 NKRAs are closely related to the 17 SDGs, and nearly 100 targets and indicators of the SDGs have been integrated into the NKRAs and KPIs.

Building on the 11th Five Year Plan, the 12th Five Year Plan will advance Bhutan’s contribution to the SDGs. A preliminary assessment of the 12th FYP guidelines indicate high integration of the SDGs into its framework, with Bhutan’s proposed 16 National Key Result Areas closely tied to the 17 SDGs and close to 100 SDG targets and indicators already proposed for integration.

Looking ahead, Bhutan will present its Voluntary National Review (VNR) to the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2018 at the United Nations. The review will set out Bhutan’s progress and plans to support implementation of the Global Goals.

The Royal Government’s 12th Five Year Plan guidelines are available here, setting out how the Plan will link up to achieving the Global Goals.

 

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