Are national voluntary reviews promoting awareness and inclusion?

For the second year, Together 2030 has carried out a survey to collect evidence on stakeholder awareness of, and participation in, national planning and review around the 2030 Agenda. In 2017, the survey was conducted in partnership with the Newcastle University. The survey received 461 responses from a range of stakeholders, including national, regional and global organizations.

The main findings follow below:

– Awareness of voluntary national reviews (VNRs), and especially how to engage in VNR processes, is low. This constitutes a major barrier to meaningful participation by stakeholders, and to establishing “open, inclusive, participatory and transparent follow up processes at all levels” (2030 Agenda, paragraph 74.d).

– High expectations for civil society and stakeholder participation in national reviews processes has not universally translated into genuine spaces and opportunities for engagement.

– Respondents have shown interest in engaging on national review processes via several approaches, including coordinated spaces for civil society engagement on national review processes.

– Global awareness of national plans and the VNR process amongst civil society is limited.

– The universality of the agenda is not clearly reflected in data for European VNR countries, nor on awareness of national plans in Europe, Canada and the United States.

Source: Together 2030