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Policy Brief on “Family-oriented policies and priorities in Voluntary National Reviews (2016-2019)”

The analysis of 127 Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) submitted by 114 UN Member States (13 Governments reported more than once) indicates that families may be key to ensure progress towards the SDGs by 2030, with close to 90 per cent of countries making specific references to families. Governments consider family policies especially useful for the implementation of SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, and 16.

Governments mostly refer to families as units of diagnosis or as targets in their efforts towards the achievement of SDGs above, but family-oriented policies are not considered an integral part of overall development efforts.

The potential of families and family-oriented policies to achieve SDGs remains to be fully addressed in overall socio-economic policy-making.

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