Engaging in a VNR process? Five ways our new civil society VNR report can support your work

By: Andrew Griffiths, Arelys Bellorini and Isabella Montgomery, Together 2030.

Another year, another great tool to support your VNR work! Together 2030 and partners are very pleased to introduce the third edition of Progressing National SDGs Implementation, an analysis of 2018 voluntary national review reports.

Complementing the civil society quick guide on engaging in VNRs that Together 2030 published in October 2018, this report adds another supportive resource to your VNR engagement toolbox. While our quick guide provides a high level practical guide on how to participate in every step of the VNR process, this review provides compreen - 2019 pnsi coverhensive expert analysis on VNR reporting to support your planning, messaging and research.

If the report looks extensive, that’s because it is. Extremely comprehensive, it covers most, if not all, aspects of 2030 Agenda implementation and VNR reporting. While you might want to review the report in its entirety to get the full picture, it can also act as a useful reference for priority topics, recommendations, best practices and case studies.

Here’s just five ways you might like to use the report:

  1. Encourage comprehensive and high quality reporting

If you are at the planning stage of engaging in a VNR process, the analysis can be used to develop your messaging. You might do this by familiarising yourself with the recommendations in the report and planning to work with your government representatives to ensure that they are addressed.

  1. Inspire your government with examples of good practice

The report offers a range of good practices around implementation and peer reporting that can be shared with your government in consultations and beyond. You could also reference country profiles to find case studies with practical examples of how certain aspects of implementation can be operationalised.

  1. Research your priority topics

If you have some specific areas you want to focus on, the report can act as a source of evidence and analysis for your reference. It could help you to understand how a particular area can be tackled through best practices and case studies, or you might reference relevant sections to look for supportive analysis to inform a briefing paper or advocacy messaging, for example.

  1. Inform your assessment of your country’s VNR

The report can be helpful for guiding your own analysis of your country’s VNR process and report during the later stages of the VNR process. You may want to follow the same structure for your own civil society report. With recommendations against each section, the report can help you to check how well your country is reporting and how it might improve. Chapter 5 assesses 2018 reports against the UN General Secretary guidelines and gives a good idea of the areas that countries generally do well at, as well as well as those that they struggle with.

  1. Promote the report

You might like to promote the report to your government contacts as a resource for them to use in similar ways. Particularly if there is an area the government is struggling to report or understand, Progressing National SDGs Implementation can provide useful case studies, best practice and recommendations.

Finally, the report is not just useful if you are engaging in a VNR process. It can provide a valuable mine of information for researching the VNR reports and trends in implementation that can be used in wider 2030 Agenda research and message development.

Find out about this year’s key findings and download the report. 



Together 2030 (www.together2030.org) is a civil society initiative that promotes national implementation and tracks progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Initiative, set up in December 2015, seeks to generate knowledge and project voices from civil society and stakeholders around the world on the challenges and opportunities for the 2030 Agenda.  Together 2030 brings together civil society and non-governmental actors to discuss the way to formulate and implement roadmaps at national level and hold governments to account at all levels. As of January 2019, 675 organizations have joined Together 2030 from more than 100 countries. 72% of which are based in the Global South.


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