Introduction

Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda) in September 2015, most governments have taken steps to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into planning and budgeting, setting up coordination mechanisms, looking at developing financing strategies and broadening stakeholder engagement. Such steps are the building blocks for coordinated SDG implementation. As the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs cover many issues that are considered interlinked, require a “whole of society” approach, and are to “leave no one behind”, there is no blueprint for accelerating progress within each country context. As such, there are great opportunities for countries to learn from each other and identify suitable solutions.

To facilitate such learning, the country SDG Implementation Snapshot tries to systematically capture what building blocks a country has in place, what good practices it has identified and where there are opportunities for further strengthening. Documenting such information is also intended to aid development partners in aligning their programming and financing to the SDGs and to national development priorities as identified by the government. Specifically, it will inform the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as the collaborating partners on this initiative.

The Snapshot in no way replaces a country’s own follow-up and review to the 2030 Agenda through the Voluntary National Reviews prepared for the UN High-Level Political Forum or national SDG progress reports. Rather, it tries to complement and inform them where relevant.

The methodology for the Snapshot was developed by ADB and UNDP with support from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) at Columbia University. The information was gathered through a desk review and a joint in-country visit from the partners. It is anticipated that the information in the Snapshot will need to be updated annually, as the country continues its progress towards the SDGs.

The partners are thankful to the Royal Government of Cambodia for participating in the Snapshot exercise, for which Cambodia was the first pilot country. Appreciation also goes to all other stakeholders and people that provided time and effort to bring together the information presented here. For further information, please contact the UNDP Country Office in Cambodia.