Progressing National SDG Implementation 2020

“We must prioritize an informed implementation of the SDGs, which results from an evidence-based evaluation of what has worked, what has not worked, and why.

-Intervention of the president of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations, S.E. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, at the opening session of the High-Level Political Forum (July 16, 2019).

Javier Surasky

February 28, 2020

A coalition of civil society organizations developed this independent work on SDGs progress based on the VNRs presented in the HLPF 2019. Find Cepei’s analysis of the Latin America and the Caribbean VNRs.

With widespread acknowledgement the world is off track to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, there’s hope governments will step up their actions to meet their development commitments in the next decade and ensure no one is left behind.

For the past four years, a coalition of civil society organizations – including Cepei – have reviewed national governments’ reports to the United Nations on their SDG progress. These Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) are meant to serve as transparent, thorough analyses of where each country is on their SDG journey.

Delivered annually at the High-level Political Forum in New York, VNRs are:

Meant to be prepared through inclusive and participatory processes

Invaluable sources on good practices, lessons learned and challenges in implementation

A basis for peer learning and accountability at the global level

The Progressing National SDGs Implementation report covers all aspects of 2030 Agenda implementation by examining governance and institutional arrangements, stakeholder engagement, policies, the means of implementation and reporting. By exploring and adopting its key findings, good practice case studies, and recommendations, governments can take a large step forward in their collective effort to get back on track.

The latest review of the 47 VNR reports submitted to the HLPF in 2019 reveals a range of good practices and trends in implementation and reporting – many are positive, some are causes for concern:

Only 36% of countries highlighted embedding leaving no one behind or efforts to address inequality and social exclusion as part of overarching development plans

76% countries provided information on data availability – a significant increase

75% of countries reporting had not costed implementation of the 2030 Agenda

About the author

Javier Surasky

PhD in International Relations and International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, has taught courses in different postgraduate careers, including the Master’s Degree in International Relations and the Master’s Degree in Human Rights at the National University of La Plata (Argentina).