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One concern for the post-2015 agenda, the SDGs and their targets is that they are very general and not precise. Research is showing that one of the lessons from the Millennium Development Goals was that ‘one size does not fit all’; generic goals were not relevant for all countries. For the future SDGs, it will be important to ‘translate’ the general goals and targets into country-specific policies and action plans.
Governments could ‘translate’ the global SDGs into nationally relevant policies and action plans on their own, but they would gain more commitment if they involve civil society, private sector and other stakeholders in this process. To support these efforts, much can be learned from the good experiences with the MDGs, Local Agenda 21 and other development projects to support the translation of the SDGs into something that is practical and makes sense at home.
I would like to ask if any of you have ideas and experiences regarding what needs to be done nationally and locally in your country to make the SDGs relevant. We could draw on experiences from MDGs, Local Agenda 21, or other environmental and development processes that you have had first-hand experience with. What worked, and what didn’t work?
To frame this as a specific question: How do national and subnational policy makers and stakeholders translate the global SDGs into actionable policies and targets in their specific context?
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