The 2030 Agenda demands a significant increase in UN development system capacities in terms of coordinated analysis, as well as policy and programme design. A focus on integration requires the adoption of a systems approach to development. It addresses interlinkages across economic, social and environmental dimensions in line with the Cooperation Framework Guiding Principles. Further, the SDGs must be owned at all levels—global, regional, national, sub-national, rural and urban. Progress depends on truly collective action: a “whole-of-government, whole-of-society” approach. Cross-border and regional collaboration assume greater importance than ever before. The ability to consider longer time horizons is essential in finding solutions for today’s most pressing problems while anticipating risks that may still be emerging. The commitment to leave no one behind calls for greater granularity of data, quantitative and qualitative analysis, to design evidence-based interventions that identify, empower and support the most vulnerable and address root causes. Similarly, advising countries on transformative economic pathways that are environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive call for levering all possible SDG financing flows – public and private, domestic and international.

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