On the 2nd July 2014 MISTRA’s Executive Director, Joel Netshitenzhe delivered a presentation at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York. The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the United Nations’ central platform for reflection, debate, and innovating thinking on sustainable development. Moderated by David Nabarro, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Food Security and Nutrition, and Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, the dialogue titled “From silos to integrated policy making” featured presentations by Joel Netshitenzhe, Vladimir Drobnjak, Permanent Representative of Croatia to the United Nations, and Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council; and Indoomatee Ramma, Chief, Resource Management Division, Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute, Mauritius.
This presentation covers general observations on SA’s experience in terms of breaking down silos and introducing integrated planning and implementation as the default mode in the operations of government across the various spheres. This is not to suggest that the problem of fiefdoms has been resolved in SA; but mainly to identify intentions and both positive and negative experiences. The starting point is that improving the human condition requires integration of the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. However, the first and fifth generations of human rights are as critical; and these encompass the political and informational dimensions of a polity. Quite often, good intentions on the three dimensions have floundered on the rocks of poor leadership and lack of accountability. Needless to say, underpinning integrated planning and implementation should be a strategic plan that integrates all the dimensions of human development. It is in this context that SA has developed a National Development Plan which, instructively, enjoys the support of the majority of parties in the national parliament (which parties garnered the support of about 93% of the electorate during the May 2014 elections).
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