Voluntary National Reviews Reports – What do they (not) tell us?

CDP Background Paper No. 49

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. The paper analyses how countries addressed two key cross-cutting issues of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the VNRs submitted in 2018: leaving no one behind; and pursuing global partnership as means of implementation as well as how they addressed Sustainable Development Goal 4 on quality education. While the VNRs contain already many interesting examples as basis for mutual learning and sharing of, the paper also identifies a need for more attention to these issues and more explicit discussions on strategies for their implementation.


Infographics on leaving no one behind, quality education, the global partnership and overall importance assigned to individual SDGs

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