Cepei calls on Latin American and Caribbean countries to present quality Voluntary National Reviews

July 8, 2022

The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is a United Nations platform that convenes the international community to track progress and follow up on the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

This year, the Forum will take place during 5-15 July, and the central theme will be “Building back better from the coronavirus disease while advancing towards the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development”. The SDGs under thematic review are SDG 4 on quality education, 5 on gender equality, 14 on life below water, 15 on life on land, and 17 on partnerships for the Goals. 

This year, seven Latin American and Caribbean countries will present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) on progress to achieving the 2030 Agenda: Argentina, Uruguay, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Jamaica, and Suriname. “There is a great expectation on the presentations from Dominica, Grenada, and Suriname, since, for the first time in six years, we will learn how they are progressing toward sustainable development,” stated Javier Surasky, Program Officer, Governance and Financing for Sustainable Development at Cepei. 

When only eight years remain to keep the promises of the 2030 Agenda, countries have committed to accelerating its implementation and achieving a balance between the social, environmental, and economic dimensions of sustainable development. Climate action and gender equality have received particular attention since the pandemic broke. 

According to Cepei’s Country Profiles, in Latin America and the Caribbean, Uruguay, Argentina, and El Salvador have information available to measure at least 80% of the SDG 3 indicators —health and well-being—, while for SDG 14 —life below water— data availability is under 40%.

“Cepei calls on countries to produce quality Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), including timely and disaggregated data,” remarked Philipp Schönrock, Executive Director at Cepei. He emphasized that “to effectively meet the 2030 Agenda, VNRs should support effective cooperation, promote citizen accountability, and foster best practices and lessons learned sharing”. 


WEBINAR |  “HLPF 2022: All You Need to Know”

Previous to the HLPF 2022, Cepei, the International Institute for Sustainable Development  (IISD), the SDG Lab, and Action for Sustainable Development, in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), hosted an informative virtual session. 

The webinar offered a general overview of the topics of the HLPF 2022, for stakeholders to understand the main messages, connect with similar partners, and shape communication during the Forum. 

👉 Meet the panelists and watch the recording here

OFFICIAL SIDE EVENT | Learning by doing: How to take advantage of lessons learned building previous VNRs in subsequent presentations. Experiences from Latina America & the Caribbean

The event will gather representatives from Governments, the UN, and civil society to explore how second and third-time Voluntary National Reviews —the “new normal”— could benefit from previous Voluntary National Review exercises.


  • Roberto Valent, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Development Coordination Office
  • Romain Zivy, Chief of CabinetOffice of the Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Latoya Clarke, Program Director Secretariat for the Sustainable Development Goals, Jamaica Planning Institute (reporting country 2022)
  • Clarissa Martínez and Antonio Díaz (TBC), Technical Secretariat of the Social Affairs Cabinet, Presidency of the Republic of Panama (country volunteering to present a VNR in 2023)
  • Natalia Patiño, Senior researcher for global agendas Cepei

WEBINAR | Developing and presenting a voluntary national report: What´s next? 

This webinar by Together 2030 and partners will discuss significant commitments in voluntary national reports during the HLPF 2022 and explore what sustainable development stakeholders are expecting for the HLPF 2023.

WEBINAR | HLPF 2022 Debrief 

Organized by Cepei, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and the SDG Lab this webinar will address the conclusions of the topics discussed at the HLPF 2022 and the challenges faced by the Forum in 2023.

Don´t miss Cepei’s analysis of Latin America and the Caribbean VNRs presentations via our Twitter: @InfoCEPEI

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