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Chapter Five Monitoring, follow-up, review and Reporting on Progress towards the Implementation the 2030 Agenda

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Communication to Stakeholders 5.18 Jamaica’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) report was approved by Cabinet and submitted to the United Nations (UN) on June 15, 2018, for presentation at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) held in July 2018. 5.19 Country reporting is not only critical for tracking national progress but also in providing baselines and frequent progress reviews to inform national SDG implementation and monitoring. These reports may be voluntarily presented at the HLPF. It is expected that GOJ would implement mechanisms and guidelines for reporting to the necessary stakeholders.

5.20 The HLPF is the main UN platform on sustainable development, whose role is critical to the follow up and review process of global implementation of the SDGs. At its annual meeting, various countries volunteer to report on their progress towards implementation of the SDGs, using a VNR report. Following adoption of the SDGs, Jamaica volunteered to report in 2018, on its progress in implementing the SDGs. The National SDG Core Group prepared the VNR by assigning chapters to members of the Group. In a meeting held June 7, 2018, the National 2030 Agenda Oversight Committee reviewed the Voluntary National Review (VNR) report after which the National SDG Core Group obtained Cabinet’s approval for its submission to the UN. 5.21 It is expected that the National 2030 Agenda Oversight Committee will use the results of the VNR report to guide its next steps towards achievement of the SDGs.

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Chapter Six

Analysis of audited entities comments on findings, conclusion and recommendations PIOJ assumed the role of lead entity for the implementation of the SDGs. 6.1 There was general acceptance that since PIOJ is the entity responsible for Jamaica’s Vision 2030, it was assumed that PIOJ would continue as lead agency for the implementation. However, the Cabinet">Office of the Cabinet accepted that the Government could have clearer institutional arrangements for accountability purposes. At the same time, PIOJ and the Cabinet">Office of the Cabinet concurred that the achievement of the SDGs cannot reside with one particular entity. MoFPS’ representation on the Committee">National 2030 Agenda Oversight Committee 6.2 MFAFT and STATIN indicated that PIOJ extended an invitation to MoFPS to name a representative

to sit on the Committee">National 2030 Agenda Oversight Committee. At the exit interview conducted on July 25, 2018,

a senior MoFPS official indicated that the Ministry’s role on the Committee would be critical in funding

projects relating to the SDGs.

Comprehensive long-term strategy to fund the SDGs 6.3 MFAFT and PIOJ indicated that given its 91.3 per cent alignment with the National Development

Plan, the SDGs are being advanced through Vision 2030 Jamaica NDP and the successive Medium-Term

Socio-Economic Policy Frameworks (MTFs). The Government of Jamaica funds the implementation of

Vision 2030 NDP through the respective budgets allocated to MDAs, as well as through support from

International Development Partners (IDPs), such as loans, grants and technical assistance. As such, PIOJ

asserts that the use of Vision 2030 as the implementation mechanism negates the need for a separate

strategy.

Submission of the Voluntary National Review

6.4 The Voluntary National Review (VNR) Report was approved by Cabinet and submitted at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) held at the UN Headquarters in July 2018, within the stipulated timeframe.

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Chapter Seven

Conclusion The coordinating and institutional arrangements to allow for oversight of the 2030 Agenda were established although there are some aspects that require enhancement to improve efficiencies. MoFPS, which has responsibility for the collection and allocation of public revenue to allow for socio-economic development was not represented on the National 2030 Agenda Oversight Committee, which could limit efficiency in the allocation of resources for priority projects. The GOJ requires a comprehensive long-term strategy to fund the priority projects required to implement the SDGs, which remains outstanding. Despite efforts made to raise awareness regarding the SDGs, there was no evidence of a formal feedback mechanism to assess the effectiveness of the awareness programmes/initiatives undertaken by PIOJ. STATIN can monitor 90 (39 per cent) of the 234 global SDG indicators applicable to Jamaica, along with 29 (12 per cent) indicators developed as proxies. This is so as the monitoring and reporting mechanisms are in various stages of development. Further, STATIN’s indicator framework does not include data from the private sector and civil society. Amendments to the Statistics Act to assist in the production of statistics among MDAs as well as provide data that will assist in the monitoring and evaluation of the SDGs, has not been finalized by the Portfolio Ministries. In addition, Jamaica submitted the VNR report to the UN for the HLPF in July 2018. Notwithstanding the progress made by Jamaica towards implementing the SDGs, there is still work to be done in terms of building institutional capacity, identifying funding for priority projects, assisting MDAs in the production of data, coordinating the monitoring and reporting mechanisms to reduce unnecessary duplication as well as implementing a web-based national reporting platform.

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Chapter Eight

Recommendations

1. Cabinet should consider delegating overarching responsibility for coordinating the implementation of the SDGs to a specific entity, and documenting and communicating this information to all stakeholders. This would provide greater ownership and commitment for the successful implementation of the SDGs as well as identify clear lines of accountability. Additionally, the House of Representatives should consider the formation of an internal mechanism to apprise Parliamentarians of their role and the approach to be taken with respect to matters relating to SDGs.

2. The Government should consider placing emphasis on the areas with low levels of alignment to the national planning documents. This would allow the Office of the Cabinet to coordinate with the Ministries to implement policies at the sectoral level to enable full integration of the SDGs into national planning strategies and processes.

3. Ministry+of+Finance">Ministry of Finance and the Public Service (MoFPS) should consider representation on the National

SDG Core Group, as participation would reinforce the continuous alignment of the medium and long- term funding arrangements for SDG implementation with the Government’s fiscal programme. In the interim, the MoFPS should consider PIOJ’s request to designate a representative to the National 2030 Agenda Oversight Committee.

4. The Office of the Cabinet should consider enforcing the relevant legislation20 so that MDAs submit

their Strategic Business Plans within the stipulated timeframe for the timely completion of the 2018- 21 WOG Business plan. The Office of the Cabinet should also actively pursue Government’s approval of the Plan to outline the cross-cutting nature of MDAs programmes and activities to achieve Vision 2030 Jamaica - NDP and SDGs.

5. MoFPS should take steps to institute appropriate mechanisms to enforce compliance with the

requirements of submitting the Strategic Business Plans in a timely manner. This will enable the MoFPS to allocate resources adequately to the programmes and activities that are aligned to Government’s priorities. In addition, MoFPS should provide to the MDAs, written feedback based on its review of the Strategic Business Plans and budgets that were submitted, as it serves as a guide to the MDAs when completing future documents for submission as well as clarifies the position of the Ministry.

6. The National 2030 Agenda Oversight Committee should consider a review of all sectoral policies in

order to ensure policy coherence. This would maximize synergies between mutually supportive policies in order to reconcile and deliver the economic, social and environmental transformation needed to achieve the SDGs.

20 Financial Management Regulations and the Public Bodies Management and Accountability Act (PBMA)

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7. The Communications Sub-Committee should align the Communication and Advocacy Road Map with the current strategies being pursued by PIOJ. This will encourage the support of significant stakeholders as well as inform and increase knowledge among specific target groups.

8. As a key priority action, PIOJ should institute a feedback mechanism to assess the communication

activities undertaken. This will enable PIOJ to track the effectiveness of the awareness programmes and make necessary changes to the communication strategies as well as assist in determining whether values for money spent, was achieved.

9. The Resource Mobilization Sub-Committee should commence activities in order to achieve its

objectives of supporting capacity building and financing of the SDGs. This will assist in identifying the funding gaps and accelerate the implementation of the SDGs.

10. Monitoring activities should be coordinated among different monitoring agencies to prevent duplication of efforts and produce consistent measurement results. Further, MoFPS should implement the PIMIS in keeping with the specified timelines to enhance monitoring of priority projects.

11. STATIN’s internal 2030 Agenda Committee should take immediate steps to finalise the TOR for

approval by senior management. STATIN should facilitate the development of a mechanism to assist the MDAs in producing relevant data for monitoring the SDG indicators. In addition, the National 2030 Agenda Oversight Committee should seek to mobilize resources to fund statistical activities as well as build capacity within the MDAs.

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