Ad-hoc Meeting of the West African Expert Group: Focus on National Capacities for Monitoring and Evaluating the 2030 and 2063 Agendas

Robertsfield (Liberia), on May 1st, 2019 - The Office for West Africa of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Liberia, is organizing from May 06 to 07, 2019, in Robertsfield, Liberia, an ad-hoc meeting of experts from West Africa on the theme: "National capacities and mechanisms in evaluating progress in the implementation of the 2030 and 2063 Agendas: assessment, challenges and prospects in West Africa".

This ad-hoc meeting will be held in a context where the capacities of the States to produce timely and quality data covering all the indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2063 Agenda remain very limited. The objective of the African Union (AU) is to overview and identify major challenges to national capacities for monitoring and evaluating the 2030 and 2063 Agendas in West Africa. The meeting will also serve as a framework for reviewing the draft report produced by the ECA, which will ultimately be used as a decision support tool for strengthening national capacities for the better monitoring and evaluation of the 2030 and 2063 Agendas.

It will allow participants, particularly those representing Member States and all development actors, to share their experiences and good practices in developing the technical, statistical, financial and organizational capacities needed for the monitoring and evaluation of the SDGs and 2063 Agenda. The aim is to achieve better monitoring and an appropriate assessment of progress towards the achievement of the SDGs and the 2063 Agenda in West Africa.

This two-day meeting will take the form of plenary sessions, during which participants will discuss major national challenges and those related to capacity-building, in West African States, for monitoring and evaluating public policies in general and the SDGs and the 2063 Agenda in particular, including the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process. In addition to the presentation by the ECA of the preliminary results of the study it conducted, other presentations and papers to be delivered by States, inter-governmental organizations of the sub-region, non-State entities and development institutions operating in West Africa are also expected.

The representatives of regional economic communities and intergovernmental organizations of West Africa, the representatives of the private sector and civil society, as well as parliamentary groups active in the field of sustainable development in the sub-region, and more particularly on issues related to capacity-building for public policy monitoring and evaluation, and experts from ministries in charge of statistical production and monitoring and evaluation of public policies, with a focus on the SDGs and the 2063 Agenda are invited to this meeting. Special attention will be paid to West African countries engaged, in 2018 and 2019, in the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process for the purposes of sharing experiences and best practices.

For more information, please contact: Tahirou Gouro, Communications Officer, ECA-SRO/WA,