Civil Society Reflections on the Voluntary National Review Process and Sustainable Development Goals Implementation


This document presents the Key Findings and Recommendations of the reflection document on SDG national level implementation and the VNR process. The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) conducted the study this May-June 2019 in countries whose governments will be presenting their VNRs in the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). The objective/s of the study was to reflect on the progress of the national implementation of the SDGs and the VNR in reporting countries and review CSO participation in these processes. There were 22 respondent CSOs to the study from 17 countries. The synthesis of the results includes reflections and recommendations to help veer the VNR process and SDG implementation in general to the path to progress.


Significant progress has been achieved in implementing principles of effective development cooperation (EDC) in ensuring CSO participation in pursuing SDG strategies, but this has yet to clearly translate in shaping national policies implemented by governments.

This is demonstrated through the following specific findings:

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