Follow-up and Review

Strategies for SDG National Reporting: A Review of Current Approaches and Key Considerations for Government Reporting on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, are a historic commitment to take on the world’s most pressing and intractable problems. Through the SDGs, 193 UN Member States have agreed to address poverty, hunger, climate change, gender equity, and other global issues and to make major progress by the year 2030. National governments are now developing plans to address their countries’ own priorities in the context of this major global effort.

Achieving the SDGs with National Reporting Platforms: Lessons Learned from the SDG National Reporting Initiative

Publishing and disseminating data and statistics on the SDG indicators - referred to as SDG reporting - can be a valuable tool to help national governments achieve their goals by enabling policymakers to understand where their country stands in relation to the SDG targets, and how far they still need to go. Government officials can use this data to adjust their country’s development strategies, inform the distribution of resources, and engage stakeholders around specific goals.

Integrated review and reporting on SDGs and Human Rights

Human rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are inextricably linked. The 2030 Agenda is explicitly grounded in international human rights. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) "seek to realize the human rights of all", and more than 90% of the targets directly reflect elements of international human rights and labour standards. The pledge to “leave no one behind” mirrors the fundamental human rights principles of non-discrimination and equality. 

SDG India Index - Baseline Report 2018

The SDG India Index, 2018 offers critical insights into the status of SDG adoption and implementation in India. The Index tracks the progress of all states and union territories (sub-national entities) on a set of 62 priority indicators, measuring their progress on the outcomes of the SDG-related interventions and schemes of the government. The SDG India Index is intended to provide a holistic view on the social, economic, and environmental status of the country and its sub-national entities on their SDG status.

E-Handbook on Sustainable Development Goals Indicators

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “encourages member states to conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels which are country-led and country-driven”. 

This handbook is targeted towards national statisticians to enable them to monitor progress made in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals based on data produced by national statistical systems.

Comparative analysis of 43 VNRs submitted to the HLPF 2017

The paper provides a comparative analysis of the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) that were submitted to the High-level Political Forum in 2017. The purpose of the analysis is to identify major commonalities and differences in countries’ approaches to implementing and reviewing the 2030 Agenda. A special focus was put on three main themes: institutional mechanisms, participation of non-state actors, and statistics and data.

Voluntary National Reviews submitted to the 2018 High-level Political Forum – a Comparative Analysis

The paper provides a comparative analysis of the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) that were submitted to the High-level Political Forum in 2018. The purpose of the analysis is to identify major commonalities and differences in countries’ approaches to implementing and reviewing the 2030 Agenda. In order to facilitate the identification of trends and tendencies over time, it compares observations to VNRs submitted in 2017 and 2017. A special focus was put on three main themes: institutional mechanisms, participation of non-state actors, and statistics and data.