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On 12-21 March 2018, to advance the achievement of Ukraine of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a group of UN agencies’ experts will visit Ukraine to support contextualization and adaptation of the Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to the needs and priorities of Ukraine through mainstreaming, acceleration and policy support approach (MAPS: M-Mainstreaming, A-Acceleration, PS-Policy Support).

Views and feedback solicited and collected as a result of consultations with national authorities and line ministries, as well as with national and international development partners, business, think-tanks and academia, as well as civil society, will inform elaboration of the SDG roadmap that would include suggestions on further mainstreaming of SDGs in Ukraine’s existing national development planning framework; suggest potential accelerators of SDGs; highlight potential financing options; include proposal for coordination and partnership strategy, national SDG monitoring system and at-a-glance monitoring tools to track the progress.

Similar missions were hosted by many countries worldwide and in the region of Europe and Central Asia in particular. The outcome of this visit will be a set of policy and institutional recommendations and measures to help national authorities to attain SDGs, including a number of identified accelerators—interventions that unleash unused capacity, remove bottlenecks, or set in motion dynamic interaction of several SDGs and thus have a substantial positive multiplier effect—that hold the promise of critically underpinning rapid progress toward attaining the SDGs and Ukraine’s development aspirations.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development represents a transformative set of commitments, underpinned by human rights and gender equality standards, for ending poverty and protecting the planet. It represents a historic confluence of different UN processes that address key development and humanitarian challenges, with strong ownership by the Member States.

MAPS is a UN system-wide undertaking which represents a crucial opportunity to mobilize and leverage the collaborative advantages of the UN Agencies to contribute to human-centered and rights-based sustainable development and assist countries in designing and implementing SDG Roadmaps.

SDGs in Ukraine:

In September 2017 National Baseline Report ‘Sustainable Development Goals: Ukraine’ was launched. The report is a result of inclusive multi-stakeholder consultations and work of 17 Working Subgroups established under the High-Level Inter-ministerial Council chaired by the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Economic Development and Trade. The Report defines a baseline for achieving SDGs in Ukraine and includes 17 SDGs, 86 targets and 172 indicators (out of global 17 SDGs, 169 targets and 240 indicators) defined for Ukraine.

The preparation of the Report was preceded by comprehensive regional and national consultations held on 2016 reaching over 25,000 Ukrainians. Regional consultations were held in 10 cities: Dnipro, Zhytomyr, Zaporizhia, Lutsk, Mariupol, Sumy, Ternopil, Uzhgorod, Cherkasy and Chernivtsi attended by approximately 700 participants representing oblast and local authorities, civil society, international organizations, and academia.

As a result of multi-stakeholders’ consultations, the following objectives of sustainable development of Ukraine were defined: (i) economic growth will be achieved by fostering innovation, accelerated infrastructure development, increasing savings and reducing dependence on foreign loans; (ii) balanced distribution of economic growth results will reduce inequalities, specifically gender disparity; (iii) growth rates will ensure full employment, poverty reduction, and with due consideration of sustainable production and consumption will contribute to the restoration and protection of ecosystems; (iv) effective and accountable governance will leave no one behind.