Governance beyond the Realm of the Nation State

Sub-Plenary Session 1
October 6, 14:30 – 16:00, Venue: Umweltforum/Plenum

The “2030-agenda for Sustainable Development” is going to set the direction of international development politics for the next 15 years. With its 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets the 2030 agenda will be the overarching framework for international cooperation. It will define the international community’s collective ambition towards a sustainable future for people and planet. The SDGs are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: ecological, economic and social dimensions. The 2030-agenda is universal in nature – all countries, from the global North and the global South, will implement this people-centered agenda. It is relevant for any country from the global North and the global South. Sustainability has to become the guiding principle for all our actions – globally, nationally and locally.

Operationalizing, implementing and monitoring the SDGs will pose challenges to many countries and will require enormous capacities, financial resources and political will at all levels. While national ownership is key to the success of the agenda, the regional level will play an important role in supporting countries in their national implementation as well as follow-up and review efforts. Firstly, regional organizations could provide opportunities for peer learning and peer review through organizing for example regional and sub-regional policy dialogues. Secondly, the regional level could play an important role regarding peer reviews that evaluate policies and practices to meet SDGs building on existing mechanisms. Thirdly, the regional level is the natural platform to address transboundary challenges that require regional approaches.

This Sub-Plenary discusses/ addresses the role of regional organizations in implementing and monitoring the SDGs. A special focus will be on governance aspects (SDG 16: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”) that should be addressed on all levels of global governance, including by regional approaches.


Exchange views on the role of regional organizations in supporting the operationalization, implementation and monitoring of the 2030 agenda.

Exchange views on the challenges for national and regional capacities and discuss possible solutions to improve policy making and monitoring capabilities.

Get input on where German Development Cooperation/GIZ could cooperate more closely with regional organizations in order to support countries in their national implementation as well as follow-up and review efforts.


Julia Leininger, Head of Department for Governance, Statehood, Security, German Development Institute – Facilitator

Ingolf Dietrich, Deputy-Director General, Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

George Mukundi Wachira, Head of the African Governance Architecture Secretariat, Department of Political Affairs, African Union (AU) Commission

Prof. François Roubaud, Institute of Research for Development (IRD)

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