Capacity Development


This Focal area is Coordinated by UN Environment


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including 17 SDGs with 169 targets and 241 global indicators (96 of which are within the environmental dimension) requires countries to re-examine not only their policies and plans but also their mechanisms for data collection and management, monitoring and reporting. A major challenge for countries is the need for sufficient, consistent, comparable and relevant high quality data that respond to countries national and international needs within the context of the SDGs. Where there is a demand and supply mismatch it should be focused and addressed by the theme “leaving no one behind”.

Investing in human capacity for Sustainable Development through environmental education and training by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA May 2016) has given UNEP a clear mandate, among others, to work with the higher education community within the context of environmental education. Any work on education and SDGs should be articulated within the context of Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, of which UNEP is part of.

This Focal Areas Area can support the mapping out of the demand for data, how it is used for policy and decision making and how to fill identified data gaps. Furthermore, it could work with the countries to devise capacity building projects for data monitoring and collection, bridging the difference in data at national and international levels through use of the same methodologies, while in calculating the importance of regularity or consistency in monitoring for achieving the SDG indicators, targets and goals. Capacity building will need to target both the human, technical and infrastructural capacity aspects.

In order to support countries and stakeholders in these areas, the EoE capacity development dialogue will serve as:

  • A platform for sharing knowledge and good practices;
  • Opportunity for networking and initiating South-South and Triangular Cooperation in support of countries.

Activities if this Focal Area include:

  • UNEA-2 outcomes on the 2030 agenda, and UN system-wide efforts to support regions and countries.
  • MEA-SDGs synergies: how MEAs will help in achieving the SDGs.
  • Exchange of good practices: case studies from within the EoE network.

• Role of universities and scientific institutions taking as point of departure UNEP’s experience working with higher education institutions and its current operating partnerships, such as UNEP’s Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES), a network of about 800 universities worldwide and with a strong presence in developing countries, Eye on Earth could seek the support from universities and scientific institutions to assist countries with the implementation of the SDGs. In addition to this, the recently adopted resolution on.