UN Committee: 2017 VNRs Paid Limited Attention to Cross-Cutting Issues

Events, News, August 14 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP) released a paper on how countries’ Voluntary National Reviews in 2017 addressed three cross-cutting issues of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: leaving no one behind (LNOB); addressing trade-offs through policy integration; and pursuing global partnership as a means of implementation (MOI), as called for in SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The authors recommend increased attention to these issues in future VNRs, and call for more explicit discussions of strategies for implementation in these areas.

Following VNR presentations by 43 countries in 2017, 46 countries presented reviews in 2018. The 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) convened from 9-18 July in New York, US.

The CDP background paper titled, ‘Voluntary National Review Reports – What Do They Report?’ is the first in an expected annual series. The paper finds that 39 out of 43 VNRs mention the term “leaving no one behind,” but only 16 countries identify explicit strategies to implement this principle, which suggests that countries may not yet understand how to translate the ambition into concrete policies and strategies. Further, the paper finds that most strategies focus on social protection, few countries mention the need to improve participation of vulnerable groups in decision-making processes, and none of the VNRs reference a commitment to reach the furthest behind first. Among the groups that receive special focus, women receive the most attention (41 out of 43 countries), followed by persons with disabilities (40 countries) and children and youth (31 countries).

 

For the full article, visit the source: IISD SDG Knowledge Hub

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