Forty-eight countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) during the July 2020 session at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).
The VNR presentation is the main focus of the annual global “check-in” on the implementation of SDGs – HLPF. VNR presents the experiences, policies, and institutions of each country for SDG implementation.
In mid-February 2020, 51 countries registered to present the VNR during the HLPF 2020. Since then, the first two presenters (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Bolivia) have rescheduled their presentations to the 2021 HLPF session. Belize is expected to present a second VNR at HLPF 2020, but is no longer on schedule.
Three fewer countries will present VNR than anticipated, and the updated program provides a presentation on “rebuilding better after COVID.”
The overarching theme for the HLPF 2020 is action accelerated and transformative pathways: realizing decades of action and delivery for sustainable development. ‘An updated one schedule for the HLPF 2020, which was released on May 14, anticipating that the first three days will consist of presentations on themes related to “rebuilding better after COVID.” The VNR presentation will begin on the fourth day of HLPF, 10 July, and will continue until the last day, 16 July.
The UN Bureau of Economic and Social Affairs (ECOSOC) made adjustments to the format and program of the 2020 session light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the expected limits on direct meetings and international travel. The United Nations is exploring technological solutions for virtual sessions and interactions, including for VNR presentations, due to the fact that any potential physical participation will be limited to delegations based in New York. All side events will become virtual.
Of the 48 scheduled VNRs, 26 countries will present for the first time and 21 countries will present for the second time. Benin will be the only country to present a third VNR.
The 26 first presenters were: Austria, Barbados, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Micronesia, Mozambique, Northern Macedonia, Papua New Guinea, Moldova, Russian Federation, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Zambia.
The 21 presenter’s second time is: Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Honduras, India, Kenya, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Samoa, Slovenia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
In 2021, the Marshall Islands will join the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Bolivia as the first hosts. Bhutan, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Laos, Slovakia, Spain and Thailand are also scheduled to present a second VNR.[[[[VNR database]
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