2020 HLPF – VNR Lab: Thursday, 9 July, 7:00 – 8:00 am (EST)

Innovative approaches to spur action and delivery on the 2030 Agenda: lessons from the regions.

Thursday, 9 July, 7:00 – 8:00 am (EST)


Building back better while exiting the COVID-19 crisis will be the defining test of the international community’s determination to drive forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Decade of Action, so as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Multilateral action is needed to transform challenges into opportunities for inclusive, resilient and green sustainable development. Regional action and cooperation during and after the crisis enables longer-term cooperation on issues that will likely grow more acute after the pandemic has receded, as the world seeks new pathways towards achieving the 2030 Agenda. In this challenging context, countries have continued to receive support for the preparation of their VNRs, benefiting from the wealth of knowledge and experiences convened by the Regional Commissions and the Regional Fora for Sustainable Development. The VNR preparations processes at the regional level, including through exchange of experience, analysis of the means of implementation, work on data and statistics are also important stepping-stones towards the follow-up and review of the SDGs at the global level.


Following the VNR Lab held in the margins of the 2019 HLPF, the 2020 Lab will continue to build on lessons emanating from VNR preparation processes in the regions, with a focus on identifying innovative approaches to spur action and inject momentum in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda, considering the broader context of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lab will consider the lessons learned and outcomes of the regional follow-up and review processes and showcase innovative approaches and tools fostered by the Regional Commissions to respond to new and emerging needs expressed by member States. Examples of these approaches include the twinning of VNR countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the development of Voluntary Local Reviews in Africa, the establishment of VNR “communities of practice” in Latin America and the Caribbean, the role of cities and the local level in SDG implementation and resilience in the UNECE region, and the community of practice and dedicated knowledge, learning and collaborative platform in the Arab region