Voluntary National Reviews Reports: What do they (not) reveal?

CDP Background Paper No. 50

By CDP Subgroup on voluntary national reviews

Voluntary national reviews (VNRs) are an important innovation as a United Nations process for follow up to the adoption of development agendas. This is the third annual review by the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) that provides a systematic content analysis of the VNRs presented to the HLPF. It includes a broader analysis than in the previous years, including a stock taking of lessons learned in the CDP analyses as well as related studies and makes recommendations for strengthening the VNR process. The paper also analyses the VNRs presented in 2019 with regard to how countries addressed the key principle of leaving no one behind and partnerships as well as the sustainable development goals (SDGs) on gender equality (SDG 5) and reducing inequalities (SDG 10). Moreover, in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the paper analyses how these VNRs address health emergencies.

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