The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is planning to create a “stakeholder chamber” as recalibrates strategy in attainting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) following the disruptions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement, Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said the national government needs to further intensify the implementation of strategies to ensure the attainment of the SDGs.
Chua said they need a whole-of-society approach to strengthen the linkages between government and non-government agencies and organizations, development priorities, and resource allocation to realize the SDGs.
“With the disruptions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic… we have to catch up and prioritize what needs to be done amid these challenges,” Chua said.
To hasten the process, the acting NEDA chief said they plan to create a stakeholder chamber for SDG-related engagements.
The proposed stakeholder chamber for SDG-related engagements was presented by Socioeconomic Planning Undersecretary Rosemarie G. Edillon before the Development Budget Coordination Committee’s Sub-Committee last August 27.
“This chamber will serve as a platform for better resource management and coordination for the achievement of the SDGs by ensuring complementarity and support between government and non-government actors,” Edillon said.
The stakeholder chamber will feature “pledging sessions” where members can pledge contributions to the attainment of the SDGs.
NEDA is eyeing members from the local government organizations, academic institutions, business groups, trade unions, youth organizations, organizations working on the SDGs, and representatives from the basic and vulnerable sectors.
Representatives from the United Nations – Philippines will also form part of the stakeholder chamber.
The stakeholder chamber, through NEDA, will call for membership and for interested parties to submit the documentary requirements.
Interested parties seeking endorsement from government agencies or development partners may contact their counterpart agency at their own preference.
Within 45 days from the call for membership, a shortlist of all qualified members based on the qualifications provided by the guidelines will be endorsed to the Sub-Committee.
The membership of the stakeholder chamber will be reviewed, updated, and approved annually.