Survey on the Mainstreaming of the three Dimensions of Sustainable Development Throughout the United Nations System

In a survey (A/73/x–E/2018/x) conducted by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 36 UN entities provided updates on their efforts to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This report of the Secretary-General presents an overview of those actions and initiatives taken by the UN entities as reflected in the survey. A new institutional mind-set is gradually taking shape, with a growing emphasis on moving away from silo to inter-linkages, to working in partnership, and to seeking synergies across the organization’s work plan. The support to member states is likewise geared toward an integrated approach, focusing on linkages and nexuses among the SDGs and there is a clear willingness to enhance collaboration within the UN system and with business and civil society stakeholders. The survey findings suggest that the UN system organisations are stepping up to this challenge by aligning their work programmes and priorities to the SDGs, by initiating organisational changes, and by linking results – based management with the delivery of the SDGs.