High-level political forum on sustainable development : voluntary national review : synthesis report / coordinated Division for Sustainable Goals Department of Economic and Social Affairs United Nations
TitleHigh-level political forum on sustainable development : voluntary national review : synthesis report / coordinated Division for Sustainable Goals Department of Economic and Social Affairs United Nations
This report synthesizes some of the findings of the VNRs, drawing from the written reports. As in the prior two synthesis reports, this edition uses a themebased analysis, based largely on the SecretaryGeneral’s voluntary common reporting guidelines. The report examines the efforts of reporting countries to implement the 2030 Agenda, including challenges, gaps, achievements, and lessons learned. In their reviews, countries describe steps taken to incorporate the 2030 Agenda into national policies and plans. This takes place with varying degrees of formality—for some countries, the planning documents explicitly mention the SDGs and enshrine the Agenda as a blueprint for development, while others have matched the national priorities with the SDGs. The substance of national implementation also reflects these interlinkages, and in this regard, countries emphasized the multidimensional nature of poverty, for instance, or the cross-cutting aspects of health and human wellbeing. The reviews highlight that bringing the SDGs into the national context relies on a range of actors, including local governments, private business, civil society, academia, as well as individuals willing to change their behaviour.