Effective implementation and follow-up of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs-2030) by the member countries is a binding commitment of the world community. At the heart of the process, Voluntary national reviews (VNRs) are critical instruments to follow-up and review the progress made towards achieving SDGs goals and targets by 2030.
The member countries have to submit their VNRs to UN- HPLF at the annual review meeting of the member countries every year in July.
Many countries have already submitted their VNRs except few countries, including Pakistan who still unable to submit the binding instruments to the world highest forum. Pakistan is committed to submitting VNR in the UN HPLF- 2019 annual review meeting to be held in July 2019.
The process towards developing VNR through collective participation and contribution of multistakeholder over a period of 3 years is still not clear and understood. Submission of VNR in isolation by the Pakistani authorities in the upcoming UNHPLF-2019 without due consultation and engagement of CSOs/NGOs and other stakeholders in the process may not validate the authenticity of such submission.
We hope the concern authorities at a national level will expedite the process of engaging and involving multi-stakeholder from every corner of the country towards developing VNR, it can be expected to do full justice to all the richness of the follow-up and review at the national level in their journey to achieving 2030 commitments.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all Member States of the United Nations in September 2015, provide a visionary roadmap for all countries and stakeholders to strive for a world of sustainable prosperity, social inclusion and equality while at the same time preserving our planet and leaving no one behind. By no means is this an easy mission. We need to
undertake this journey together if we are to succeed, learning from each other. Effective follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda through peer learning is essential for renewed action and progress in achieving the ambitious and interlinked SDGs.
The High-level Political Forum(HLPF) on Sustainable Development is the central UN platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015