Mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - Interim Reference Guide to UN Country Teams

Published on 13 Oct 2015 - 84 pages

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ with its set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) officially comes into effect upon expiry of the Millennium Development Goals on 1 January 2016. It will run through 2030 and applies to every country.


This document is designed as a reference guide for UN Country Teams (UNCTs), under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinators, that wish to support Member States and national stakeholders in tailoring The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to national contexts (“mainstreaming”) while protecting its integrity. It is a product under the ‘Mainstreaming’ component of ‘MAPS’ (Mainstreaming, Acceleration, Policy Support) - the UN development system’s common approach to supporting Member States in the implementation of the new agenda. It does not seek to be either prescriptive or exclusive, but rather to spark thinking by UNCTs on how they may wish to proceed.


The guide features an array of approaches and tools that UNCTs can discuss with Member States to adapt the Agenda to national, sub-national and local conditions and realities, incorporating regional perspectives where appropriate. These approaches and tools should be treated by UNCTs as a menu of options, with the case studies providing examples of how some countries have begun to develop and use relevant tools. It covers eight implementation guidance areas:

  • Raising public awareness
  • Applying multi-stakeholder approaches
  • Tailoring SDGs to national, sub-national and local contexts
  • Creating horizontal policy coherence (breaking the silos)
  • Creating vertical policy coherence (glocalising the agenda)
  • Budgeting for the future
  • Monitoring, reporting and accountability
  • Assessing risks and fostering adaptability
  • Though this reference guide was primarily prepared for UNCTs, the steps it describes, the case studies it highlights, and the publicly available tools that it refers to, might also be of direct use to a broader audience of government officials and development practitioners.

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