“Progressing National SDG Implementation” – A civil society assessment of 2017 VNRs

15th March 2018

 Check “Progressing National SDG Implementation”, the second in a regular series of reports commissioned by civil society, which documents and analyses the 41 English, French and Spanish Voluntary National Review reports submitted in 2017 to the UN’s High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

Together 2030 has joined forces with several CSO partners in this initiative, which was lead by the  Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and included Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD), Bond (UK), the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD); the International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP-FIP) and others.

The report identifies ten key pillars that we believe are essential to the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also recognizes emerging good practice, and sets out a range of conclusions and recommendations with respect to how countries can both improve their implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and use the HLPF as an opportunity for mutual peer learning, knowledge exchange and support.

In terms of implementing of the 2030 Agenda, the report concludes that to date, most countries have laid the foundations for national implementation, but now need to accelerate action; we are rapidly approaching a critical juncture where governments must go further to deliver on the ambition of the Agenda and guarantee real transformative change for all.

To achieve this, our report sets out a few areas where we believe the implementation process can and must: a) Ensure a holistic approach, whereby the interlinkages between the SDGs can be better understood and implemented; b) invest in data disaggregation to more clearly identify implementation and better target resources, in particular to ensure that we Leave No One Behind; c) improve localisation of the Agenda to the sub-national level to include specific ways that parliamentarians, local governments, the private sector, civil society and citizens can contribute to national reporting; d) develop improved multi-stakeholder partnerships  with civil society and other stakeholders, particularly at the local level; and e)  provide an honest assessment of progress to date, existing gaps, specific challenges and lessons learned to be able to use the HLPF as a key opportunity for peer learning and exchange.

More details:

Executive summary – EN

Executive summary and main report – EN

Full report – executive summary, main report and annexes – EN

Annexes – EN

Sommaire – FR

Resumen – ES

Sumario – PT


Global webinar launch:

Bios – http://sh.ccic.ca/Bios

PPT webinar ES – http://sh.ccic.ca/pptES

PPT webinar FR – http://sh.ccic.ca/pptFR

PPT webinar EN – http://sh.ccic.ca/ppt

PPT webinar PT – http://sh.ccic.ca/pptPT


Concept Note – http://sh.ccic.ca/note

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