About Voluntary National Reviews
As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages UN member states to conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels, which are country-led and country-driven. The reviews are expected to serve as a basis for the regular reviews by the UN High-Level Political Forum.
The reviews aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships.
Guidelines for the preparation of the VNR stipulate that the process should be open, inclusive, participatory, highly consultative, and transparent for all people and support the reporting by all relevant stakeholders, including local governments.
The High Level Political Forum is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development and it has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals at the global level. The Forum adopts inter-governmentally negotiated political declarations. Find out more about the
Following the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals development framework and the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, Uganda embraced the principles for sustainable development, namely; people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnerships, to ensure that “No One is Left Behind”.
Accordingly, Uganda was among the first countries to localize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and volunteered to conduct a national review under the auspices of the first High Level Political Forum in July 2016, presented by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The presentation highlighted the fact that Uganda has actively pursued the sustainable development agenda since the early 90’s when it gained ascendancy as a development paradigm. This pursuit has unfolded in three distinct transition phases: post war reconstruction (1986 – 1997); poverty eradication (1997 – 2009); and social economic transformation (2010 -2020). Find out more. (Link to PDF on Report on Uganda’s Readiness for SDG Implementation)
Preparations for Uganda’s 2020 Voluntary National Review commenced in 2019 with the writing of the National SDG Progress Report, which was supported by UNDP. A wide range of stakeholders including Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), the United Nations in Uganda, Private Sector, Civil Society, Youth Groups, Academia, organizations working with Persons with Disability were consulted and their views were incorporated in the SDG progress report, which has fed into the VNR.
The necessary COVID-19 lock down presented big challenges to the VNR process. However, with support from various partners, the review has been done as comprehensively as possible and in a timely manner.
Faced with the lock down but needing to consolidate views from a wide range of stakeholders into the VNR report, the Government of Uganda through the SDG Secretariat, undertook an online nation-wide consultation using a VNR E-platform with support from UNDP and the UNICEF U-report. Various partners were also consulted in the validation process of the report, including Civil Society Organizations, the United Nations, and the SDG Advisory Committee. The Office of the Prime Minister, through the SDG Secretariat, also organized a national webinar under the theme, “A Discourse on Leaving No One Behind in the face of COVID-19”.
The team has completed the writing of the report and submitted it to the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York. Uganda will present the report in July 2020. Click here for information of HLPF 2020 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2020