From Commitment to Actual Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Policies, data and financing

Paris, 31 March 2016

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Opening remarks by Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD

Press Release of the 2016 OECD Global Forum on Development  

The OECD convened the 2016 edition of its Global Forum on Development, From Commitment to Actual Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Policies, data and financing, on 31 March 2016, in Paris.




2015 marked a pivotal and banner year for advancing sustainable global development. From the Addis Ababa Agenda for Action on Financing for Development to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and of the Paris Agreement stemming from COP21, the international community agreed on the contours of an ambitious plan to guide global and national efforts toward inclusive growth and development. Implementation is now the priority. The 2016 edition of the GFD provided an opportunity to delve into existing and emerging challenges of implementing this agenda.

The Forum specifically discussed how national policies and strategies can be optimised. It also looked at approaches aiming to scale up rural initiatives and leverage the data revolution to track progress toward achieving the SDGs and maximising resources through innovative partnerships. 


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The 2016 Global Forum on Development engaged governments, businesses, foundations and international organisations to address such questions as:

  •  How will global trends, including migration, affect the implementation of the SDGs?
  •  Why is rural development still critical and how can rural strategies be strengthened in international and national agendas to further support the SDGs?
  •  How can a smarter use of data better prioritise and facilitate SDG implementation?
  •  Is it possible to secure adequate and predictable financing in support of developing and emerging countries’ development strategies?
  •  How can policy dialogue and peer learning be further leveraged to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?





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