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Voluntary Local Reviews


When adopting the 2030 Agenda, United Nations member States committed to working closely with local and regional governments on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since 2015, metropolises, small cities, regions and their associations alike have been actively localizing the 2030 Agenda, bringing the SDGs closer to the people they serve and using the framework as a tool for planning and execution.

As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages member States to "conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels, which are country-led and country-driven" (paragraph 79). Paragraph 89 of the 2030 Agenda calls on major groups and other stakeholders, including local authorities, to report on their contribution to the implementation of the Agenda.

In this spirit, local and regional governments are increasingly engaging in such sub-national reviews of SDG implementation, also called Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs). While the VLRs hold no official status, the process of undertaking these sub-national reviews is providing multiple benefits to the entities engaging in them and to SDG implementation at large. These VLRs can also help to reinforce vertical coherence and complement and contribute to the national Voluntary National Reviews of SDG implementation.

The documents and reports submitted by cities and regions that are available on this website have been placed on the platform as received. The designations employed do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory or area, or of its authorities, or concerning its frontiers or boundaries.


Reports from Local Authorities

You can see below a few examples from local local authorities on their contribution to SDG implementation

If you would like to submit a Voluntary Local Review report developed by your city/region/province, please, send a pdf version to dsdg@un.org with the Subject: Voluntary Local Review from [Add the name of the city/region/province and country]. Submissions are reviewed on a regular basis.

Sno. Report Name Year Language Link Place of Implementation Government Level Country
1 Suwon Implementation Report on Goal 11 Jun-18 English link Suwon Suwon City Government City Korea
2 Voluntary Local Review Jul-18 English link New York City Mayors office for International Affairs City United States
3 En route to 2030: Implementation report on sustainable development in Wallonia 2017 French link Wallonia Government of Wallonia Regional Belgium
4 Localization of the Agenda 2030 in Barcarena Jul-17 Portugese link Barcarena, Para Barcarena Municipality Municipal Brazil
5 Objectives of Sustainable Development and its location in the municipality of La Paz Jul-05 Spanish link La Paz Municipal Autonomous Government of La Paz City Bolivia
6 Cauayan City: Localizing Sustainable Development Goals Jul-17 English link Cauayan City Local Government Unit - Cauayan City City Philippines
7 Sustainability Strategy for North Rhine-Westphalia 2016 English link North Rhine-Westphalia Developed by Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia State Government Germany
8 2030 Agenda of Basque Country 2018 Spanish link Basque County Basque Government State Government Spain
9 Sustainable Sydney 2030 2017 English link Sydney City of Sydney- Local Government City Australia
10 The region of Valencia and local implementation of SDGs May-16 English link Valencia The generaliat Valencia State Government Spain
11 Toyama City- Sustainable Development Goals report Jul-18 English link Toyama Toyama City Government City Japan
12 Kitakyushu City the Sustainable Development Goals Report Jul-18 English link Kitakyushu City of Kitakyushu City Japan
13 Shimokawa Town the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Report Jul-18 English link Shimokawa Shimokawa Town Town Japan
14 Paraná Integration of the Sustainable Development Goals Project Nov-17 Portuguese link Parana Parana State Government State Brazil
15 From Agenda to Action - The Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Helsinki 2019 2019 English link City of Helsinki City of Helsinki City Finland
16 A Voluntary Local Review of Progress in 2019 July 2019 English link City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office of International Affairs City United States
17 New York City’s Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 2019 English link New York City NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs City United States
18 Voluntary Local Review Building a sustainable and inclusive Buenos Aires 2019 English link Buenos Aires Government of Buenos Aires City City Argentina
19 Voluntary Subnational Review 2019 English link Oaxaca Government of the State Oaxaca State Government Mexico
20 Bristol and the SDGs: A Voluntary Local Review of Progress 2019 2019 English link Bristol City Council City United Kingdom
21 Santana de Parnaíba 2030 Vision Connected to the Future 2019 Portuguese link Santana de Parnaíba Government of the State of Saõ Paulo State Government Brazil
22 The implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in Mannheim 2019 English link Mannheim Mayor’s Office City Germany
23 Report of Localization of Sustainable Development Goals in São Paulo 2020 English link City of São Paulo São Paulo City Hall City Brazil
24 1st Progress Report on the Sustainable Development Goals in São Paulo State 2019 English link State of São Paulo São Paulo State Government State Government Brazil