From principles to practice – Together 2030 and Newcastle University launch 3rd perceptions survey report

11th July 2018

As the 2018 High Level Political Forum kicks off in New York, Together 2030 and Newcastle University are launching the 3rd perceptions survey report, which offers new evidence on the difficulties in translating the lofty global commitments of the SDGs into meaningful participatory processes in national contexts.

Together 2030 and Newcastle University’s annual perceptions survey gathers stakeholders’ perspectives on national follow up and review of the SDGs.

This year’s report From principle to practice: stakeholder participation in Voluntary National Reviews, 2018, focuses on two key areas of participation in the 2030 Agenda: (1) How extensive is stakeholder awareness of, and participation in, the process of country Voluntary National Reviews – including participation by marginalised groups? (2) Have stakeholders seen progress in countries that have undertaken VNRs in previous years?

Key findings include:

Progress on these areas is essential: the SDGs will only be achieved if reviews are followed up by long-term political leadership and adequately resourced implementation. VNRs are not a substitute for ongoing, participatory national processes.

The survey received 264 responses from a range of stakeholders, including national, regional and global organisations. This perceptions survey comprised of approximately 20 questions in total (though not all questions were directed to all respondents). It was issued in three languages: English, Spanish and French, and was shared broadly with civil society and stakeholder mailing lists and via social media from 23 March – 27 April 2018.

Find out more:

Download the full report (PDF 1.7Mb), the methodology note and a key messages one-pager (PDF 82Kb)

Read The challenge of participatory, inclusive VNRs, a blog by Graham Long, Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University, reflecting on this year’s perceptions report

In 2019, 80% countries sharing their #2030Agenda progress to the @UN reported they integrated the #SDGs into polici… https://t.co/lmAWJ1iNMH
h J R
While 85% of countries that delivered #VNRs in 2019 provided information on follow-up and review processes at the n… https://t.co/cMn5ZOKTEi
h J R
Are you involved in a 2020 Voluntary National Review? Our new civil society review of the most recent #VNRs provid… https://t.co/7wPg3bPdaB
h J R