The UN mechanism for reviewing implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (High Level Political Forum – HLPF) ended on July 19th with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration. The adoption of this declaration affirming what is already committed to was not without political tensions around two issues – foreign occupation and means of implementation.
It is interesting to compare our experience on the ground with all the rhetoric of 8 days. Good Shepherd is present in 20 of the countries reviewed. In a survey with 13 responses from the 20 of the countries making voluntary reviews there appears to be some discrepancy between the experience of the 8 days and reaching actual programs with people who are among those furthest behind. Read our report on on efforts towards linking ministry with national implementation programs – Report HLPF 2017 GSIJP Office
Our analysis of 13 countries as an organizations was part of a bigger survey in preparation for the HLPF which was reported on July 17th
Cecilie was able to live stream the event on Facebook – Click on Event live-streamed
If you are interested in following up on what your government presented you have two options – look at the webcast or read the report. The Voluntary National Reviews took place over three days July 17, 18 and the 19. To find the relevant webcast click HERE and then click on the date.
July 17th – Voluntary National Review (VNR) 1 Nepal and Brazil; Webcast VNR 2 Indonesia and Japan; Webcast VNR 3 Costa Rica and Kenya; Webcast VNR 4 Malaysia and Chile Webcast
July 18th – VNR 5 Peru; Webcast VNR 6 Italy and Guatemala; Webcast VNR 7 Czech Republic, Thailand and Argentina; Webcast VNR 8 Portugal and Uruguay; Webcast VNR 9 Panama; (Webcast not available)
July 19 – VNR 10 Honduras and India; Webcast and VNR 13 El Salvador; Webcast
The reports for each country can be accessed HERE
A very full account of the proceeding has been prepared by TAP Network (Transparency, Accountability and Participation Network) Another very informative way of having some insight into the proceedings are notes from International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) – Summary Highlights Daily Coverage. Click IISD There are some great photographs too!