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ESDN Quarterly Report October 2016

Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SD and the SDGs in Europe

Stock-taking to share experiences and support peer learning

by Umberto Pisano, Eric Mulholland and Gerald Berger

This ESDN Quarterly Report continues the work started and undertaken by the ESDN on several issues relating to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moreover, it deals with the 2016 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) and the Voluntary National Reviews as a form of support for national implementation, sharing of experiences, and peer learning for countries.

The report has the following structure: Chapter one provides a brief overview of how the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came into being. It then offers a more in-depth exploration of what has occurred over the first months after the adoption of this global agenda, with particular attention given to the progress made towards reaching the SDGs. The chapter also looks at the results of the first High-Level Political Forum (July 2016, New York), and further reflects on the future steps that countries will be taking in 2017 and beyond in terms of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

Chapter two provides an analysis and comparison of the reports written by the seven European countries, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Montenegro, Norway and Switzerland, that took part in the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the UN 2016 HLPF. These reports were analysed, and from there four main categories were developed to structure the most relevant content from the VNRs. The four categories that this report will focus on are: 1) Basic information about the 2030 Agenda Voluntary National Reviews; 2) Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs): rationale and involvement; 3) Means of implementation of 2030 Agenda and SDGs; and 4) Monitoring and evaluation. For each of these macro-categories, several guiding questions were introduced to further understand and describe the governance mechanisms involved in implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

Chapter three concludes, summaries and provides the key messages from chapters one and two. It can be seen and used as Executive Summary.

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