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No one left behind.
Evaluation in the service of national SDG review mechanisms focusing on gender equality and social equality
An official side event of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Date: 13th July 2016, 1h15 to 3 PM

Location: UNICEF Headquarters, Danny Kaye conference room (on entry level, near reception), New York, USA

A strong call for review and follow-up mechanisms that will “leave no one behind”

With the launch of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, the review of national-level implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution on evaluation capacity building (A/RES/69/237) and the celebration of 2015 International Year of Evaluation, as well as the World Humanitarian Summit taking place in May 2016, the global community has a significant opportunity to continue bringing evaluation to the forefront of the new sustainable development goals.

The new 2030 Agenda shapes the sustainable and equitable development discourse and action for the next 15 years. To meet the central imperative of ‘leaving no one behind’, the SDG’s follow-up and review mechanism aims to monitor and evaluate progress for all. Among the 9 principles that will guide the SDG review and follow-up mechanism, there is an explicit mention on the need to:

use data that “will be rigorous and based on evidence, informed by country-led evaluations and data which is high-quality, accessible, timely, reliable and disaggregated by income, sex, age, race, ethnicity, migration status, disability and geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts”;
enhance capacity-building support for developing countries, including the strengthening of national data systems and evaluation programmes;
develop processes that are  people-centered, gender-sensitive, respectful of human rights and have a particular focus on the poorest, most vulnerable and those furthest behind.

Supporting, through evaluation, mechanisms for effective national follow up and review of progress towards the SDGs

In the last decade, the global evaluation community has been developing evaluation approaches that are equity-focused and gender-responsive[1]. With the SDG agenda calling for “leaving no one behind”, a new opportunity (and challenge) is raised to further strengthen national evaluation capacities to support inclusive and equitable development efforts, including national follow up and review of progress towards the SDGs.

Following up the High Level Event and Technical Works organized in March 2016 on “Evaluating SDGs with an equity-focused and gender-responsive lens” by UN Women and EvalGender+, in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka, Government of Tunisia, Mexican’s CONEVAL, UNEG, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, Global Parlamentarian Forum for Evaluation, IOCE and EvalPartners, this official HLPF side event seeks to continue a multi-stakeholders dialogue to develop evaluation frameworks that will facilitate inclusive and equitable development that ensures “no one is left behind”.  In the context of the HLPF, the focus is on ways of supporting, through evaluation, mechanisms for effective national follow up and review of progress towards the SDGs.


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Chair: Marco Segone, UNEG Chair; Director, UN Women Independent Evaluation Office; Co-chair, EvalGender+

Opening remarks:

HE Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations


Hon Olfa Cherif, Member of Parliament, Tunisia, and Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation Steering Committee
HE Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, Minister of National Education and Vocational Training , Kingdom of Morocco
Hon Natalia Nikitenko, Member of Parliament, Kyrgyzstan, and  Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation Steering Committee
Gonzalo Hernández Licona, Executive Secretary of The National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL)
Felipe Castro Pachon, Director of M&E of Public Policies, National Planning Department, Colombia

Questions driving the discussion

What steps are being taken (or are planned) in your country to strengthen national evaluation systems in general, and national SDGs review mechanisms in particular?
Are there existing evaluation functions that can be leveraged for the purpose of national SDG review mechanisms?
Given the focus on no one left behind, are the evaluation functions in your country gender-responsive and equity-focused?  What can be done to strengthen the gender-responsiveness of your country’s national evaluation functions?