VNRs Being Prepared by Five Countries for 2023

During the 2023 session of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the UN Member States from three regions have registered with the UN Secretariat to present updates on their national implementation of the SDGs (HLPF). The HLPF in July 2023 will take place in the run-up to the Second SDG Summit, which will take place in September 2023. 

The voluntary national reviews (VNRs) will be the third VNR for Panama and the second for France, Ireland, Liechtenstein, and Lithuania. 

The UN Economic and Social Council will host the 2023 High-Level Political Forum in July (ECOSOC). The subject will be ‘Accelerating recovery from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels’. 

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a summit-level HLPF in September 2023, known as the SDG Summit, following the July HLPF called by ECOSOC. The SDG Summit is a quadrennial gathering of Heads of State and Government to assess progress toward the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs over the previous four years. It is likely to begin on the first day of the UNGA general debate, or on Monday before the start of the discussion. 

The 2023 Summit will be the second since the 2030 Agenda was adopted. 

The HLPF’s July session does not end with the adoption of a ministerial declaration in years when the SDG Summit is held. Instead, when the Summit meets in September, a political declaration will be adopted. 

The UN General Assembly has recommended that the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) for 2023 be released by March 2023, since it is created every four years to inform the SDG Summit. In addition, the UN system is urged to focus its worldwide public communication efforts on the 2030 Agenda in the year leading up to each SDG Summit.