The 23rd meeting of the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) held at the UN-House in Beirut on 20-21 November 2017 comes two years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at a time when Arab countries are facing complex and pressing challenges making it imperative to accelerate the pace of SDG implementation.
In June, 2017, the UN Secretary-General issued a report entitled: “Repositioning the UN development System to Deliver on the 2030 Agenda-Ensuring a Better Future for All”. The report reinforces the crucial need for closer collaboration, deeper integration and enhanced policy and programme coherence. Responding to the SG’s call, and to the Statement of Collaboration between the Regional Commissions and the UNDG, the 23rd RCM is being held back-to-back with the Regional UNDG meeting at the UN-House in Beirut, Lebanon.
The 23rd meeting of the RCM will focus on identifying entry points for an integrated, cross-sectoral approach to policy making in the context of the 2030 Agenda, and reviewing ways of engagement with the SG’s Reform Agenda.