Remarks by Mr. Nabeel Munir, Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan at the first informal consultation on Follow-Up and Review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
(New York, 6 April 2016)


Thank you convening today’s informal consultation on this very important aspect of the 2030 Agenda.

We also thank you for providing us with the set of questions and the flow chart. We found them extremely useful in organizing our thoughts and furthering our deliberations.

The expert level brainstorming session last week was also very useful.

We fully associate with the statement made by Thailand on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

We would like to offer some additional comments in our national capacity.


We fully subscribe to the view that 2030 Agenda itself provides us with the framework and the principles and the follow up and review mechanism.

We need to build on these agreed principles and structure.

In our view, the outcome of our discussions should address and resolve the functional and operational issues critical for an efficient, coherent and inclusive follow up and review system.

Our approach, however, should be holistic taking into account all aspects, including organizational and institutional responsibilities, with a view to ensuring that we tie up all loose ends effectively.

The report of the Secretary-General on critical milestones tends to reflect many of the key areas that are considered fundamental for a comprehensive follow up and review system. It could therefore serve as a good basis for our discussions.


We are supportive of a systematic follow up and review system way that ensures the integrated and indivisible nature of the SDGs and that fully takes into account the various inter-linkages.

We also see a very critical role of the General Assembly’s main committees in the follow up and review process and strongly support establishing a clear linkage between the General Assembly and the HLPF. The SDG Progress Report should synthesize and integrate all inputs, including resolutions related to the implementation of the SDGs that are aligned with the 2030 Agenda. We think such an approach will ensure comprehensives, will avoid duplication and ensure that all goals and targets, which are not being presently coordinated within the UN System, like SDG 7 on energy, are systematically followed up.

In regard to national reviews we must ensure that the principles of voluntary nature, country-led and country driven are fully observed.

On the question of system-wide coherence, we believe that that the UN Development System will have a critical role in the implementation of the new development agenda and will be addressed in the QCPR this year. We support the view that of having a placeholder for it in the resolution.

Lastly, we also share the view that the secretariat must not work in silos and adopt a coordinated approach, and should be supported with adequate resources.


We assure you of our continued support and constructive engagement during the course of our discussions.

I thank you.