PCSD holds 3rd Quarter Meeting
The PCSD held it 3rd quarter meeting last 15 October 2015 at the NEDA Board Room, Pasig City. Chaired by Undersecretary Jonas Leones of DENR, the Council discussed the updates on the UN Sustainable Development Summit held on 25-27 September 2015 in New York City, USA and the key findings of the Effectiveness Review and Assessment Study of the PCSD, among others.
During the UN SD Summit, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SD), as contained in the outcome document entitled, “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for SD” announced the adoption of the 17 SD Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets. These SDGs cover economic, social and environmental dimensions of development and will define international, regional and national development priorities for the next 15 years.
The draft report on the Effectiveness Study of the PCSD highlighted that the Council may reconstitute its composition by involving more government agencies and taking the lead role in integrating SDGs into the country’s development agenda. The Study also revealed that according to key informants, the PCSD should be kept as a high-level source of policy recommendations on SD and noted that the Council is an effective mechanism to get multi-stakeholder involvement.
In addition, the Council members were also apprised of the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), which include conditional reduction target and continuous updating of figures, as well as the country’s participation to the COP21/CMP11 that will take place on 30 November to 11 December 2015 in Paris, France.
The draft El Niño Action Plan, which aims to address the impacts of El Niño on food security, energy, health, and safety and the status of the country’s ICT infrastructure sector were also discussed.
Invited resource persons were: Director Erlinda M. Capones of the NEDA-SDS, Managing Director Alan S. Cajes of DAP, Ms. Sandee G. Recabar of the CCC and Dr. William T. Torres of the AIJC, Inc. In attendance were officials and representatives from NEDA, CCC, DFA, YSDA, Haribon Foundation and MAP-CDS.