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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Capacity Development for 2030 Agenda Implementation

Publication Year: 2019 Publisher: UNDESA

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Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) are presented at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on

Sustainable Development, which is the central platform within the United Nations system for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The VNRs aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. In their VNR reports, countries highlight progress and challenges in implementing the 2030 Agenda. This includes the identification of capacity development gaps and challenges.

This report is based on a structured review of VNRs submitted at the 2016, 2017 and 2018 HLPFs and presents key findings on capacity gaps and priorities of countries based on the VNR reporting. The report highlights capacity gaps and priorities relevant to the overall/national implementation of the Agenda 2030 and capacities relevant to specific SDG goals as reported in the VNRs.

The overall objective of this review of the VNRs is to capture capacity building needs and gaps identified in the VNRs, so as to enable countries, as well as other interested parties, to better align capacity development interventions with the relevant priorities of developing countries.