Within the framework of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which coordinates the follow-up and review process, countries have an opportunity to present the key results of their own national review processes (Voluntary National Reviews – VNRs) at the global level. In particular, this provides a platform for countries to discuss with other member countries and stakeholders challenges that they have successfully dealt with, and those that remain unresolved. In the UN review process, countries present their progress and implementation experiences, with a focus on sharing lessons learned and mutual learning.
The UN member states are called upon to present to the HLPF by 2030 at least two VNRs of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda. During the annual meeting, the main tasks of the HLPF are:
The interest of UN member states has risen significantly since the first HLPF in 2016 after adoption of the 2030 Agenda.
After the HLPF in 2019, a total of 171 member states have reported at least one VNR. A further 49 VNRs (figure as at October 2019) are already registered for the 2020 HLPF, from which 22 countries will be presenting their second VNR. In many countries, VNRs are driving a process of re-thinking and re-institutionalising national processes, structures and mechanisms.
In addition to reporting via the national VNRs, SDG monitoring also involves an annual thematic reporting on a set of selected “focus goals” mainly by respective UN custodian agencies but also by the regional UN Economic Commissions from a regional perspective.
At the global level, the UN department of economic and social affairs publishes the Sustainable Development Goals Report plus statistical annexes every year. This report shows what progress has been made and trends worldwide.
Building blocks of the 2030 Agenda national review process are enhanced:
Review formats/ Exchange of good practices are established ad fostered
National voluntary reviews (VNRs):
GIZ Example: Partners for Review (www.partners-for-review.de)
Links with Steering process: Policy support is essential for initiating and steering the production of the reports and resources must be earmarked. The preparation of the reports must comply with quality standards
Links with Core processes: The whole monitoring system will be mobilised for the preparation and the dissemination of the reports
Links with the other Supporting processes: capacity development is one of the building block of the reporting process. The preparation and the dissemination f the reports must be part of a national communication strategy for the SDGs
United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)
Guidelines for VNR
Handbook for the preparation of the VNR – Voluntary national report (PDF)
Guidelines to Support Country Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals
National Voluntary report 2019
Partners for Review
Voluntary National Reviews submitted to the 2019 High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development – a Comparative Analysis
Voluntary National Reviews
Authoritative, independent body for reporting and review
SDG Guide – Chapter 3: Tools for designing SDG strategies and roadmaps