The theme of the Forum was ‘Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world’.
In total, 44 of the countries that have submitted themselves for voluntary national reviews (VNRs) reported to the Forum on what they are doing to make sure the SDGs are put into practice.
The side event, called ‘Open, inclusive, participatory and transparent: How can voluntary national reviews support the pledge to “leave no one behind” in implementing the 2030 Agenda?’, heard representatives from governments, parliaments and civil society, including Sightsavers, arguing that along with more investment in implementing the sustainable development goals at national level, both parliamentarians and civil society need to be involved in ensuring pressure is maintained on governments to meet their commitments.
The aim of the event was to discuss how different countries are keeping up the momentum of delivery and implementation of their commitments as part of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda.
Sightsavers Head of Advocacy Andrew Griffiths, who attended the Forum, said: “VNRs can be used to stimulate a discussion around the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in each country. This is the really exciting element of the work, and it’s where we can make huge progress towards achieving the SDGs and ensuring we leave no one behind.”
Andrew identified four key lessons from this year’s Forum. In summary, they are:
The side event was sponsored by Sightsavers, Together 2030, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Centro de Pensamiento Estratégico Internacional (Cepei), Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC Ijebu-Ode), Philippine Social Enterprise Network, Save Matabeleland, World Vision, Leading Women of Africa, CAFOD, Newcastle University and Poverty Reduction Forum Trust (PRFT).