Agenda-2030 as a Guide for Policy in the Field of International Development Assistance: Priorities and Opportunities of Russia

On March 30, 2018, the Center for Strategic Research held, within the framework of the International Youth Forum on Sustainable Development, an expert session devoted to the role of the SDGs in Russian government policy in the field of international development assistance (IDA). The participants of the event discussed the priority directions of the SDGs implementation, the possibilities of their inclusion in bilateral assistance programs, and the role of business as an IDA actor. The EDSG experts took part in the discussions held during the session.
The sustainable development goals are formulated both for developing as well as for developed countries. In the field of promoting international development (IDA), they serve as a reference system and a “common language” for recipient countries, traditional and new donors, international and non-governmental organizations, and private businesses. SDGs are comprehensive, which allows actors involved in international assistance to determine their own priorities, taking into account both the global agenda and national interests.

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Model United Nations of the Russian Far East (MUNRFE) Annual Conference 2017

On December 1-5, 2017 in Vladivostok, Russia, Model United Nations of the Russian Far East (MUNRFE) hosted its Annual Conference. As part of the Conference EDSG Executive Director, Mr. Oleg Dunaev, being also a member of the EVALSDGs network, delivered a number of seminars on various aspects of Sustainable Development and Monitoring & Evaluation.

Mr. Dunaev provided the participants with the basic background of Sustainable Development and fundamental principles and importance of Monitoring & Evaluation. In particular, the following topics were covered:

  • Principles of Sustainable Development
  • Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the way to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Importance of the SDGs for international community
  • Importance of the SDGs for countries
  • What can everyone do to help achieve SDGs
  • Basic principles of Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Importance of Monitoring and Evaluation for Sustainable Development

Additionally, Oleg gave an overview of the role of International organizations in achieving and assessing SDGs. Special attention was paid to:

  • The role of youth in SDGs implementation
  • UN Evaluation Group (UNEG)
  • The importance of Evaluation of the SDGs
  • The role of International evaluation associations in achieving SDGs

All topics were extremely well received by the participants and got a lot of feedback.

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The role of youth and International associations in implementation and evaluation of SDGs

 

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Meeting of the Russian branch of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

On January 17, 2018, an annual meeting of the Russian branch of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was held on the margins of the Gaidar Forum.

Network coordinators presented the results of the work performed and announced webinars, educational courses and scientific events on sustainable development in 2018. Also, John Laitner, Senior Researcher at the Center for economic modelling of energy and ecology of RANEPA, presented report on the economic nature of resource efficiency.

During the meeting, the participants, including EDSG experts, exchanged recommendations on the Network activities in 2018 and confirmed their intentions for long-term cooperation

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The 2017 for the Russian economy was more positive than expected

On 15 December 2017, the FINAM agency conducted an on-line conference dedicated to the economic results of 2017.

The conference was attended by experts-economists, representatives of the academic and business community, as well as experts EDSG. During the conference, issues of restoring economic growth in the Russian economy, incomes of the population, inflation, industry, as well as investments in the real sector of the economy were discussed.

The experts pointed to the Russian economy’s exit from the recession and its transition to growth. Nevertheless, economists are not optimistic, calling the current growth of Russia’s GDP unstable, speaking about the statistical effect (low base effect) and predicting the economy stagnation.

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RANEPA round table “Assessement of Russian’s foreign economic activities”

On December 7, 2017, the International Trade Research Laboratory of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in cooperation with the World Bank and EDSG hosted a round table to discuss the issues of assessing Russian’s foreign economic activities. The round table was attended by representatives of the academia, expert community and international organizations. Experts discussed practical and methodological issues related to assessment of foreign economic activities on trade, foreign investment, development assistance and the issues of establishing M&E systems in Russia and in the Eurasian Economic Union countries.

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Second International Scientific and Practical Conference “Central Asian Water Forum”

On November 2-3, 2017, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) and German-Kazakh University held Second International Scientific and Practical Conference “Central Asian Water Forum”.

Water resources have primarily importance for crossregional cooperation in Central Asia (CA). Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, EU delegation, researchers from Eurasian, American, European universities and scientific organizations, as well as employees of transnational and consulting companies, including EDSG experts participated in the conference to discuss these issues.

During the conference academics and practitioners from CA countries and some European countries presented new projects in the sphere of water management in Central Asia and took part in numerous discussions on the topic. Also a number of progressive and innovative approaches for water resource management, including using solar energy installations in water management and secondary water cleaning and artificial injection back into the ground were presented.

Key speakers and independent commentators during the conference highlighted a number of important aspects and problems related to the management of water resources, and also discussed possible ways of solving the problems, further steps and perspectives.

The conference concluded with the thematic workshop where main donors spoke about financing possibilities for stakeholders, their needs and priorities.

The conference became a second step in a chain of forums and conferences on water management problems, started by ISTC and German-Kazakh University.

 

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Working Level Meeting of GTI Research Institutions Network

On October 20, 2017, in Dalian, China, the third working meeting was held as part of the UNDP program for the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI). The meeting was arranged with the support of the Tumen Branch of the China Association of International Trade (CAIT). Representatives of the academic and expert community from Russia, China, Mongolia, and the Republic of Korea participated in the meeting. Representatives of EDSG also took part in the discussions.

The Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) was launched in 1995 with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), as well as with the participation of the governments of China, Mongolia, Russia, and the Republic of Korea. In 2007-2010, the organizational branch structure of the GTI was formed in the form of a number of branch councils. Currently, there is an active discussion on the institutionalization of this initiative at supernational level.

 

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Parliamentary RIA development at national and supranational levels

On October 4, 2017 the Institute for Public Administration and Governance, HSE held the workshop “International experience of development of parliamentary Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) at national and supranational levels.” The workshop was attended by a wide range of stakeholders – representatives of the academic community, private sector, including EDSG experts, as well as representatives of the government authorities and independent experts.

During the workshop various aspects and features of the implementation of the parliamentary RIA at national and supranational levels were discussed, e.g. the experience of different countries in parliamentary RIA implementation.

The workshop included the following thematic sessions:

  • The use of tools for RIA and impact evaluation in the OECD countries parliaments: experiences and possible prospects for Russia
  • Implementation of the Regulatory impact analysis in the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • Regulatory acts impact assessment in the European Parliament
  • Register of participants of public discussion in the European Commission as a tool of improvement the transparency of the rulemaking process

High interest of the participants and a number of lively discussions spotted the high relevance of the parliamentary RIA development at national and supranational level.

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Seminar “Sustainable Development Goals: “Approaches for National Adaptation”

On October 2, 2017 a seminar “Sustainable Development Goals: “Approaches for National Adaptation” was held at the Center for Strategic Research, organized with the support of the Russian branch of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

Representatives of business, government, international organizations, as well as representatives of the academic and expert community, including EDSG consultants, attended the seminar.

During the event, the following issues were discussed:

  • SDGs: current approaches and initiatives to achieve the goals
  • Approaches for National adaptation of SDGs: international experience
  • Russia and the SDGs: what are the challenges facing the country?
  • Identification of the most relevant goals for Russia
  • Regional localization of SDGs

 

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North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum 2017: Development cooperation in SDG implementation for a more secure and prosperous world

On September 28 and 29, 2017, the Forum for Development Cooperation in the Northeast Asia Region was held in Moscow. The Forum was organized by the Office of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in cooperation with the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Service (RANEPA). The partners of the forum became China International Development Research Network (CIDRN), Japan Society for International Development (JASID), Korean International Development Cooperation Association (KAIDEC). The forum was attended by representatives of the academic community, international organizations, as well as of the Russian authorities.

The discussions were based on the issues related to the socio-economic development of the countries of the Northeast Asia region, as well as on the regional programs aimed at helping countries to solve their economic problems. Following the results of the forum, the speakers developed a set of recommendations for key stakeholders.

The forum was attended by experts of EDSG as speakers and discussants.

Inrastructure development in North-East Asia

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