Understanding Linkages & Opportunities for Sustainable Development Linked to SDGs and EU Accession

© Aleksandra Stamenkovic / UNCT Serbia

Belgrade, 21 June 2017 - In preparation for the Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) Mission that will be conducted in late 2017-early 2018 in Western Balkans countries upon requests from the respective Governments, the UNCT in Serbia, supported by the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, conducted a pre-MAPS consultations through one-day forum to discuss in more details the linkages between SDGs and EU accession.

The one-day forum allowed key stakeholders including members of the Government WG on SDGs, key international development partners and selected CSOs to participate actively with the objective of exploring the principles of the Agenda and the specific SDGs, in light of the EU Accession process, to determine synergies and opportunities that promote development gains in the country.  This should also set the basis for longer term engagement on SDG related issues possibly through MAPS mission to be considered for late 2017 upon the official request from the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

Key findings from the Mission to the Republic of Serbia will be included in the Regional SEE Pre-MAPS Mission Report with key findings and recommendations by the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub.