New York City, 15 July 2016 – The Permanent
Observer Office for International IDEA to the UN has co-organized today a
side-event to the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
entitled “Making the People Count: Democratic accountability and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The event serves as a platform for various
stakeholders to discuss democratic accountability tools that citizens can use
in monitoring public sector service delivery as governments implement the
Sustainable Development Goals and Targets.
Accountability is a cross-cutting dimension
of the UN’s new development agenda, and it is within the language on Goal 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’ – where accountability is most legible among the
At the level of targets, SDG 5 on gender
equality, SDG 10 on the reduction of inequality within and among countries, and
SDG 17’s call for data for monitoring progress in achieving the goals all
include language on the accountable provision of public services as a vital
enabler of sustainable development.
The Transforming our World document’s
Declaration makes specific reference to “the essential role of national
parliaments through their enactment of legislation and adoption of budgets and
their role in ensuring accountability for the effective implementation of
[Member States’] commitments” (para 45).
Paragraphs 47 in the Declaration and 73 in the Means of implementation
and the Global Partnership section both further refer to the follow-up and
review mechanisms needed at the national, regional and global levels to ensure
that accountable implementation of policies and provision of services has
The event also marks the recent release of
IDEA’s three policy briefs on regional lessons learned regarding democratic
accountability in service delivery. The
regions included are Africa,
ASEAN and South Asia. These policy briefs emphasize the enabling
effects of democratic political processes and peoples’ own assessments of
accessibility and quality of services on the SDG monitoring process.
International IDEA is hosting the event
with the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the UN, who is currently the Chair of
IDEA’s Council of Member States, and the International Development Law
Ambassador Sukhbold Sukhee, Mongolia’s
Permanent Representative to the UN, provides the opening remarks, followed by a
panel with representatives from intergovernmental organizations, national
statistical offices, and civil society groups.
Helena Bjuremalm, Senior Programme Manager for Democracy and Development
at International IDEA; Judit Arenas Licea, Director of External Relations and
Deputy Permanent Observer for IDLO to the UN; Lisa Grace Bersales, National
Statistician and Civil Registrar General of the Philippine Statistics
Authority; and Anselmo Lee, the Secretary-General of the Asia Democracy Network
will all be included on the panel.
Closing Remarks are provided by the Permanent Observer for International
IDEA to the UN, Massimo Tommasoli.
The event takes place a day after the
launch on Thursday evening of the SDG16 Data Initiative, a partnership
compiling and publishing existing statistical indicators for the measurement of
SDG 16. Such data can be used as an
accountability tool by citizens globally.
More information can be found on this project at http://www.sdg16.org.
Friday’s event is held across from UN
Headquarters at the Uganda House from 13:15 to 15:00 EST. The event’s live stream can be viewed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/scannews,
and live-tweeting can be followed via and .
A brief video introduction to
accountability entitled “Democratic accountability in service delivery: Make a
difference in your community” can be viewed on Youtube.
For further information, contact Stephen
Graf at +1-212-286-1084 / email@example.com