FRAmericas is an independent, non-for-profit charitable organization 501.c.3, devoted to applying the latest knowledge and technology achievements to improve living conditions and enhance income generation among low-income groups. In pursuing its objectives, FRAmericas partners with other private and public organizations where each partner’s capabilities can result in faster and more solid results.
FRAmericas, an ECOSOC Consultative Status organization, follows closely the workings of the UN Open Working Group for the development of Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on Goal 17 “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”. FRAmericas considers progress in achieving MDG and SDG the greatest and most significant challenge the world must pursue, and thus is committed to supporting such processes in any way and by any means it can.
In undertaking the proposed monitoring role, FRAmericas follows the UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform guidelines (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgsproposal):
- The implementation of sustainable development goals will depend on a global partnership for sustainable development with the active engagement of governments, as well as civil society, the private sector, and the United Nations system. A robust mechanism of implementation review will be essential for the success of the SDGs. The General Assembly, the ECOSOC system and the High Level Political Forum will play a key role in this regard. (#14)
- In order to monitor the implementation of the SDGs, it will be important to improve the availability of and access to data and statistics disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts to support the support the monitoring of the implementation of the SDGs. There is a need to take urgent steps to improve the quality, coverage and availability of disaggregated data to ensure that no one is left behind. (#17).
FRAmericas proposes to work on behalf of the UN to monitor progress in the implementation of SDG17 in the area of “technology” and its applications to further development objectives, and to report on world-wide achievements towards the fulfillment of agreed targets. In order to do this, FRAmericas will: (i) develop baseline data for selected target indicator (see Scope, below); (ii) construct a data base to collect, verify and register activities undertaken by governmental and non-governmental organizations world-wide that respond to the selected target indicators; (iii) create an open platform to which registered organizations can access and contribute their inputs to the monitoring process; and (iv) report periodically on tendencies, progress and perceived obstacles to the attainment of the targets selected.
FRAmericas will conduct promotional and dissemination events and use social media to further the reach of this monitoring activity and enlarge the cache of registered organizations participating in its open platform.
III. SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED SDG17 MONITORING ROLE
Sustainable Development Goals are accompanied by targets and will be further elaborated through indicators focused on measurable outcomes. For SDG 17, the following targets will be the focus of FRAmericas monitoring:
- 17.6 enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation, and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, particularly at UN level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism when agreed
- 17.7 promote development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed
- 17.8 fully operationalize the Technology Bank and STI (Science, Technology and Innovation) capacity building mechanism for LDCs by 2017, and enhance the use of enabling technologies in particular ICT
- 17.16 enhance the global partnership for sustainable development complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technologies and financial resources to support the achievement of sustainable development goals in all countries, particularly developing countries
- 17.17 encourage and promote effective public, public-private, and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships
Data, monitoring and accountability
17.18 by 2020, enhance capacity building support to developing countries, including for LDCs and SIDS, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by
income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts
17.19 by 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement GDP, and support statistical capacity building in developing countries.
IV. ACTION PLAN
FRAmericas proposes to undertake the following activities and timeframe:
1. Linkage to UN Open Working Group for the development of Sustainable Development Goals (May-June 2015)
a. Meeting with OWG members, on the occasion of ECOSOC assembly May 26-June 3, 2015. Theme: presentation of project; establishment of liaison.
2. Development of open platform (June-July 2015)
a. Conceptual design and organizational platform b. Technical web-based design
c. Pilot testing
d. Dissemination campaigns
e. Registration of user organizations/individuals f. Full-fledged operation
3. Consultation to establish baseline (July-September 2015)
- Design of baseline data matrix (January 2015 start date)
- Requests for data from sector governmental organizations,
specialized agencies, individual organizations
- Data collection of public sources
- Promotion of use of Open Platform to collect data from
- Meeting with Technology Bank and Science, Technology
and Innovation Supporting Mechanism Chair Rwanda’s Romain Murenzi, currently Executive Director of the World Academy of Sciences in Trieste, Italy. July 2015. Theme: Results of first meeting February 2015.
- Report on baseline by end of 2015
4. Operation of open platform and data-bases (October 2015 on)
a. Design of output formats for open data-bases b. Collection of data on projects, activities, results c. Generation of outputs from open data formats
5. Generation of output reports (June 2016 on)
b. Bi-annual reports after June 2016 until December 2020
6. Dissemination events (June 2015 on)
a. PresentationofresultsinECOSOCmeetings,othersas required
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