The Capacity Development Workshop on Water-related SDGs Integration and Implementation in Eastern Partnership (EaP) Countries and beyond took place on 23-24 November 2020 virtually.
Since 2015, Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries have made some progress in nationalising Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), often with support from development partners. However, the countries still face challenges in both: (i) integrating SDGs into policy frameworks, using them as policy objectives in strategies and plans; and (ii) meeting the water-related SDGs by 2030, recognising that many countries in the region and internationally are behind schedule.
While all Eastern Partnership countries have made progress with establishing the national framework for monitoring water-related SDGs and integrating them into national policy frameworks, opportunities exist to identify and include indictors that are still missing, improve proxy indicators presently used, and strengthen linkages with policy documents and budgetary frameworks. It was noted that this would draw technical, financial and political attention to this domain of both domestic and international actors.
The workshop helped to demonstrate the role of water-related SDGs as a tool for strengthening water management in terms of building confidence in, mobilising finance for, and driving the implementation of, strategic water management plans; and for tracking progress towards achieving national water policy objectives and international obligations, as well as measuring development impact of interventions in the water sector.
The specific objectives of the meeting were to:
The workshop was attended by the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine), the wider Eurasia region, OECD member countries and partners including representatives from four Development Banks, the UN family and Global Water Partnership.
Organisation and support
The workshop was organised by the OECD GREEN Action Task Force with support from the Government of Norway. The workshop also supported delivery of the regional work programme under the European Union Water Initiative Plus (EUWI+) project.