Partners for Review: Reviewing implementation of the 2030 Agenda
Title: Programme to strengthen the review process for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Overall term: 2019 to 2022
By adopting the 2030 Agenda, the United Nations (UN) member states agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They also committed to systematically reviewing progress on the implementation of these goals.
For the countries, the follow-up and review procedure represents a huge challenge. The development of an institutional framework for action, coordinated policy and the involvement of various stakeholders, as well as the question of how to transpose this global agenda into national goals, pose an ever-present problem. Only a small number of states already have a mechanism in place for reviewing sustainable development. The majority of UN member states are set to introduce new processes and structures by 2030 in order to be able to comply with these requirements.
Although the voluntary national reviews appear increasingly comprehensive, participatory and cogent, reporting nevertheless varies greatly from one country to the next. The success factors, learning processes and lessons learned on the effectiveness of the follow-up and review procedure regarding the implementation of the 2030 Agenda are not yet (sufficiently) widespread globally. The need to discuss and learn about national processes and experiences is all the more important and urgent. The structures and mechanisms for reviewing implementation of the 2030 Agenda are still too weak in many countries.
The 2030 Agenda review processes have been strengthened in selected countries.
Through formats that are tailored to respective topics and target groups, the project offers a protected and neutral space in which questions and issues regarding follow-up and review can be openly discussed.
It organises six-monthly network meetings at which the participants can share and reappraise national experiences of follow-up and review on a basis of confidentiality and an approach that satisfies the needs of all stakeholders (field of action 1). The success factors and learning processes developed in the various discussion formats are processed into knowledge products both within and outside the network (field of action 2). A Review Support Unit processes in a timely manner national and regional requests for advice made by network partners (field of action 3).
The term of the project is three years and the German contribution will cost up to EUR 2.5 million. Fields of action 1 and 2 are funded on an equal basis by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). As part of the project entitled Support for SDG Review and Implementation Processes, BMU contributes the same amount (EUR 1.5 million) to the costs of fields of action 1 and 2.
- The initiative has built up a network comprising more than 350 representatives of governmental and non-governmental circles (as at September 2019). During this time, six network meetings have been organised worldwide, offering a protected space in which the different stakeholder groups could share experiences. The meetings contributed to a better understanding of the demands and challenges of a national SDG review in the participating countries. For example, in Kenya, a national parliamentary SDG Day, designed to raise awareness of involving parliamentarians in the SDG implementation review process, was organised following participation by representatives at a network meeting.
- The SDG review is further strengthened by means of various publications, webinars and short films, as well as by the provision of advisory services to network members. For example, the project helped the government in Namibia to organise a national plan for voluntary reporting.
- National audit institutions, foundation representatives and UN regional commissioners, among others, were included in the network as key actors and their specific contributions and challenges addressed in the SDG review.
- Finally, the project also makes contributions to other international conferences in order to share experiences of the SDG review and follow-up process and to generate reciprocal benefits with other initiatives.