New York City Presents First-ever Voluntary Local Review at HLPF

Americas, Events, News, August 7 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: New York City became the first city to present its Voluntary Local Review (VLR) on 11 July 2018. The city’s VLR focuses on the OneNYC strategy released in 2015, highlighting synergies between the strategy and the SDGs.

Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, New York City, presented New York’s VLR during the SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) review by the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Similar to countries’ Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), the VLR is based on guidance for country reporting provided by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD).

The VLR notes that 71 City agencies developed and continue to work towards OneNYC’s visions of growth, equity, sustainability and resiliency, and highlights the most relevant SDGs for each of these visions. The OneNYC strategy aims, among other objectives, to lift nearly a million New Yorkers out of poverty (SDG 1), expand access to nutritious, affordable food (SDG 2), and protect residents who are vulnerable to climate change (SDGs 11, 13). New York’s VLR highlights that, since OneNYC’s release, all planned initiatives under the strategy have been launched, and progress is being made on over 80% of OneNYC indicators.

Focusing on the Goals under review at this year’s HLPF, namely SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11, SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), and SDG 15 (life on land), the VLR, developed through collaboration across multiple City agencies, including the Mayor’s Office of Operations, Climate Policy & Programs and others that work on water, sanitation, energy, housing, production and consumption, and land use, highlights the City’s Global Vision | Urban Action program, which shares New York’s innovations in sustainability with the world.


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