A-SDGs Alignment Framework
In September 2015, as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) concluded, 193 world leaders gathered at United Nations (UN) headquarters to commit themselves to a new development agenda:
"We, the Heads of State and Governments and High Representatives, meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 25 to 27 September 2015 as the Organization celebrates its seventieth anniversary, have decided today on new global Sustainable Development Goals. On behalf of the people we serve, we have adopted a historic decision on a comprehensive, far-reaching and people-centered set of universal and transformative Goals and targets. We commit ourselves to working tirelessly for the full implementation of this Agenda by 2030. We are committed to achieving sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental – in a balanced way and integrated manner.”
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 developmental goals, 169 targets and 232 strategic indicators. The goals address important global issues, such as poverty, hunger, equality, peace, health and sustainability.
In 2016, Afghanistan began nationalizing the SDGs. The High Council of Ministers designated the Ministry of Economy to lead this effort by developing technical guidelines, coordinating the nationalization process, managing the monitoring and reporting of SDGs, holding training programs for a diverse set of stakeholders representing civil society, academia, the private sector and international organizations, and mobilizing resources for funding SDGs.
The Ministry of Economy began nationalizing the SDGs by holding meetings and advisory seminars with governmental entities, the private sector, civil society, non-governmental organizations, developmental partners, academic institutions and people. Next, the Ministry developed working structures and executive mechanisms to lead the nationalization process and alignment of the Afghanistan Sustainable Development Goals (A-SDGs), and aligned these to governmental development programmes.
This document, comprised of three sections, presents the alignment framework of the A-SDGs. The first section aligns the A-SDGs with governmental programmes and projects, the second section introduces the executive committee working group, and the third section describes the mechanisms and present the A-SDG alignment tables. In addition, the Ministry of Economy also developed a national SDGs document, which presents national goals, targets and indicators. Together, these two documents ensure that all programmes and developmental projects, regardless of whether they are led by government or international partners, are designed and implemented with national goals and targets in mind. Finally, a separate document was developed that describes the alignment process.