2020 Voluntary National Reviews – a snapshot of trends in SDG reporting

The Partners for Review (P4R) comparative analysis of the 2020 Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) identifies similarities, differences, progress and emerging trends in reviews the UN Member States submitted to the 2020 High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF), convened under the theme ‘Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development’. This year, 47 countries submitted a VNR report, 20 for the second time and one country for the third time. As the 2020 review processes were interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak, the analysis was expanded to include a chapter on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the usual analyses of national Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) institutional structures; SDG mainstreaming and policy coherence; stakeholder engagement; statistics and data and a section on repeated VNR reporting.

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