PCSD holds 4th Quarter 2015 Meeting

Blurb_PhotoChaired by Deputy Director General Margarita R. Songco of NEDA, the PCSD held its 4th quarter meeting last 21 December 2015 at the NEDA Board Room, Pasig City. The Council discussed the proposed reconstitution of the PCSD, updates on the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Indicators and highlights of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (COP21).

Based from the results and recommendations of the PCSD Effectiveness Assessment Study conducted by DAP, a proposed Executive Order (EO) on reconstituting the PCSD has been drafted. The proposed EO aims to further strengthen the Council to respond to socio-economic and political developments at the national and global levels, including the recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The EO’s salient provisions focus on the following organizational areas: functions, composition, designation of technical secretariat and budget allocation, among others.

The Council also discussed the formulation of global SDG indicators spearheaded by the Inter-agency Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), currently co-chaired by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The IAEG-SDGs has proposed 225 indicators that can server as tool to measure and monitor progress towards the achievement of the sustainable development goals and targets as well as guide countries to develop their respective strategies for achieving the SDGs. The final indicators with clear metadata will be reported to the 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission on 8-11 March 2016.

The Council members were also informed of the highlights of the COP21, which concluded with the Paris Agreement that aims to strengthen global response to the threat of climate change and help eradicate poverty in the context of SD. Parties to the Convention agreed to: a) pursue efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels; b) strengthen capacities for climate change adaptation; and c) make finance available for adaptation and mitigation actions, among others. The Paris agreement shall be open for signature, subject to ratification, acceptance/approval, by States at the UN Headquarters in New York from 22 April 2016 to 21 April 2017.

Invited resource persons were: Managing Director Alan S. Cajes of the DAP, Ms. Bernadette B. Balamban of the PSA and Mr. Alexis D. Lapiz of the CCC. In attendance were officials and representatives from NEDA, DENR, DFA, CCC, Haribon Foundation, SEARICE, Green Convergence and MAP-CDS.

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