2021 HLPF – VNR Lab: Friday, 9 July, 8:00 – 9:00 am (EST)


How do Inclusive VNRs Help Accelerate Implementation of the 2030 Agenda? 

Experiences From the Regions

Friday, 9 July,  8:00 – 9:00 am (EST)


Following past editions of the VNR Labs organized by the Regional Commissions, the 2021 Lab will continue to build on lessons emanating from VNR preparation processes in the regions, with a focus on:

  • identifying innovative approaches in support of inclusiveness and multi-stakeholder participation in the VNR preparatory process and impact this has had on implementation; and
  • identifying examples of how the momentum for inclusive engagement was continued after the VNR and HLPF.

The Lab will aim to facilitate a cross-regional learning of innovative approaches and examples of how inclusive stakeholder engagement in the VNR process can accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the country and regional levels. Drawing on examples from the regions, it will illustrate how inclusive VNRs can be instrumental in maintaining and increasing the level of ambition in second and third generation of VNRs, heightening the impact of the VNRs, and supporting inclusive and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Representatives of VNR participating countries, regional organizations and other stakeholders will be invited to exchange experiences and best practices. In doing so, they will demonstrate how efforts to bring countries together at the regional level have been useful and will continue to be relevant in the context of the Decade of Action.


8:00         Opening remarks, by Ms. Rosa Malango, Director Regional Commissions New York Office, acting as Moderator.

8:03          Interventions by selected speakers showcasing experiences from the regions:

Ms. Joy-Marie King, Director of International Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration, Antigua and Barbuda.

Mr. Phurba Phurba, Senior Planning Officer, Gross National Happiness Commission, Bhutan.

Ms. Maha Al-Rawi, Director-General for Human Development, Ministry of Planning, Iraq.

Mr. Elias Aspudd, Former Youth Officer at UN Association of Sweden and Board member of Plan International, Sweden.

Ms. Lauraine Habib, Senior Policy Analyst at the Sustainable Development Unit, Egypt.

8:25          Discussion with participants.

8:35          Second round of remarks by regional stakeholders.

Ms. Wardarina, Asia-Pacific Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism.

Ms. Nelya Rakhimova, member of the VNR working group of the Major Group and Stakeholder Coordinating Committee. ECE-Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism.

Ms. Amira Albaldawi, Head of Um-Al-Yateem for Development Foundation, Iraq.

8:45          Second round of discussion.

8:58          Concluding remarks by Moderator.