Sweden has volunteered to submit a report on the Voluntary National Reviews, established by the UN to report progress on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Mistra Geopolitics and SEI provided methodological support to analyse synergies and trade-offs between the SDGs in the national implementation of the Agenda.
As part of UN’s 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. These reviews are called Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) and serve as a basis for the regular reviews by the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) held each year in New York.
Sweden is a forerunner
This year, Sweden has volunteered to submit a VNR report to the UN. SEI and Mistra Geopolitics has provided methodological support utilizing the SDG Synergies tool, helping the government to systematically assess and analyze synergies and trade-offs in the national implementation of the SDGs.
Henrik Carlsen, Deputy Programme Director of Mistra Geopolitics and Senior Research Fellow at SEI said:
“No country has, hitherto and to my knowledge, performed a systemic analysis of progress on the SDGs to the UN High-level Political Forum. This analysis positions Sweden as a forerunner in the implementation of the SDGs and in doing so taking the words of ‘an indivisible whole’ seriously. This work delivers seminal analysis in the context of countries Voluntary National Reviews.”
UN High-level Political Forum
On 6 July, on the margins of the High-level Political Forum, SEI and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs are organizing a Voluntary National Review (VNR) Lab that will bring researchers and policymakers together to reflect on experiences from adopting a systemic approach to the implementation and reporting of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The HLPF is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development and has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level.
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Text by: Henrik Carlsen and Ylva Rylander.
Henrik Carlsen is a senior research fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Deputy Programme Director of Mistra Geopolitics. He is an expert on decision making under uncertainty, with an emphasis on climate change adaptation. His research interests are based on the intersection between science and policy on long-term challenges to society. Henrik is a researcher in Work Package 4; The inter-relationships between shifting geopolitical landscapes and the SDGs.
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Ylva Rylander is a Communications Officer at SEI. As a core member of SEI’s communications team and previous Press Officer of SEI, Ylva writes and edits press releases, develops communication plans and creates news stories. With 15 years of experience in public relations, awareness raising and external communication, she also provides strategic advice to SEI and Mistra Geopolitics researchers to help them maximize the impact of their research.
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