Feb 28, 2022

PROGRESSING  NATIONAL SDGS  IMPLEMENTATION   An independent assessment of the voluntary national review  reports submitted to the United  Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2021 

In 2021, the fifteen-year agenda for people, planet,  prosperity, peace and partnership entered its sixth  year. While the world continues to grapple with the  devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is hoped that heads of state and government will  meet the commitments to a Decade of Action and  Delivery to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable  Development and its Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs) while ensuring that no one is left behind.  During the United Nations’ 76th session of the  General Assembly in September 2021, the Secretary  General presented the Our Common Agenda report  as a vision on the future of global cooperation  and a call towards reinvigorating multilateralism in  an inclusive, networked, and effective way. In the  context of continuing to respond to the COVID-19  pandemic, there is an urgent need for governments  to accelerate actions and promote transformative  change to achieve a just recovery. To this end, the  transformative principles of the 2030 Agenda and  the global roadmap provided by the SDGs remain  critical to achieving equality and sustainability in the  process of building forward better. 

For the past six years, civil society organizations have  reviewed reporting by governments to the United  Nations’ High-level Political Forum on Sustainable  Development (HLPF). The Voluntary National Review  (VNR) reports submitted by governments as part  of the follow-up and review processes indicate the status of 2030 Agenda implementation at the national  level. VNR reports are meant to be prepared through  inclusive and participatory processes, serve as a  source of information on good practices, lessons  learned and challenges in implementation, and  provide a basis for peer learning and accountability at  the global level. 

This report, the sixth edition of Progressing National  SDGs Implementation, aims to provide useful  insights and recommendations to inform these  discussions and help guide improved implementation  and reporting. The review of the 42 VNR reports  submitted to the HLPF in 2021, as well as the analysis  of 17 VNR-related civil society reports, show both  positive and concerning trends. The report covers  all aspects of 2030 Agenda implementation through  an examination of governance arrangements,  institutional mechanisms and stakeholder  engagement, policies, means of implementation, and  reporting. Key findings, good practice case studies,  emerging best practices and recommendations are  presented throughout this edition.  

Here we highlight the key messages arising from the  analysis of 2021 VNR reports. The messages have  been numbered for ease of reference, rather than in  order of priority, and are further detailed below. 

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