The Voluntary National Review (VNR) is a process through which countries assess and present national progress made in implementing the 2030 Agenda. As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, 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". These national reviews are expected to serve as a basis for the regular reviews by the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) held every year in July. The VNR aims to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multistakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Almost all countries in South-East Asia have completed and reported at least one VNR, whereas Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Singapore, Timor Leste, Viet Nam, are preparing their second VNR to be reported in 2023. While reporting on the specific context of each country, the VNR also outline challenges, many of which are similar across countries. The VNRs are not only a reporting mechanism to periodically take stock, but also a tool for countries to continuously reflect and improve on the SDG implementation process itself.
This event will facilitate the exchange of good practices in preparing VNRs and present ESCAP’s support to countries which are undergoing the VNR process in 2023. It will provide an informal opportunity to countries to ask questions and for ESCAP to provide information and guidance on the VNR process.
This is an associated event of the South-East Asia Multi-Stakeholder Forum on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals: www.bit.ly/3yhfxSY