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Voluntary National Reviews Visualization

As part of its 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, which are country-led and country-driven" (paragraph 79). These national reviews are expected to serve as a basis for the regular reviews by the high-level political forum (HLPF), meeting under the auspices of ECOSOC. As stipulated in paragraph 84 of the 2030 Agenda, regular reviews by the HLPF are to be voluntary, state-led, undertaken by both developed and developing countries, and involve multiple stakeholders.

UNDP, along with UN DESA, the SDG Action Campaign and partners, have created the below platform to visualize the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). Through keyword visualization, this interactive tool allows the user to explore the VNRs to see how countries are presenting progress, sharing experiences, lessons learned and challenges in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The platforms allows users to explore the emphasis countries place in the reports on different SDGs, how the SDGs are connected and how the reports describe thematic areas. Users will be able to choose SDG sets from selected reports through text mining technology, with the ability to filter by country, region, year and specific development keywords. This interactive platform intends to serve a wide range of stakeholders, including Member States, the UN Development System, development practitioners and policy makers, academics, civil society, the private sector and the public. The tool hopes to elevate efficiency and effectiveness in reading and using the reports for follow-up and review, and intends to increase engagement and continued attention from all stakeholder in this process.

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