Implementing the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific: Insights from Voluntary National Reviews ​


Insights from Voluntary National Reviews ​


Partners: IBF, United Nations University-Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, Keio University, Sophia University, Australia National University, United Nations High Level Political Forum

Impact: Countries in the Asia-Pacific region have made impressive progress in developing institutional arrangements for the 2030 Agenda, and mainstreaming SDGs into their national frameworks and budgets. Many countries are facing initial challenges in developing inclusive and collaborative governance frameworks and localizing the SDGs. Some of the recommendations derived from this project are as follows:

·      Develop and foster an inclusive, collaborative governance structure by accommodating multiple actors and sectors, and instituting mechanisms for coordination while transcending bureaucratic boundaries.

·      Strengthen or establish a national body with the legitimacy, authority, and capacity to lead and coordinate efforts to achieve the SDGs.

·      Accelerate the localisation of the 2030 Agenda by raising awareness of the SDGs at all subnational levels, prioritizing and reflecting SDGs in subnational plans, and promoting multi- stakeholder partnerships to engage local actors, including women, indigenous peoples, and marginalized groups.