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VNR Lab - Beyond the Voluntary National Reviews: mobilizing support and building national partnerships
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Virtually (held New York time)


The meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2020 will be held from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. The theme will be "Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development".

As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages member States to conduct regular and inclusive Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) of progress at the national and sub-national levels. The VNRs facilitate the sharing of experiences, strengthening policies and institutions of governments, mobilizing multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. In 2020, 51 countries will be conducting their VNRs at HLPF.

The VNR Labs provide an informal platform to share best practices and to reflect on the experience thus far with the VNRs, focusing on cross-cutting themes and country experiences.

It is widely recognized that the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda requires a transformation in our societies that can only be achieved through engaging and leveraging the unique roles and resources of all sectors and stakeholders of society.

The VNR Lab on "Beyond the VNRs: mobilizing support and building national partnerships" will explore and showcase practices on how countries can systematically catalyze national multi-stakeholder partnerships for mobilizing and sharing knowledge, expertise, technologies and financial resources to support implementation of the SDGs, including through their VNR process. The Lab will also explore how countries can help creating an enabling environment that may encourage and foster collaboration across stakeholders.


  • Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator, Kenya

Kick-off presentation

  • 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator - An enabling ecosystem for systematically building national partnerships (Dr. Darian Stibbe, Executive Director, The Partnering Initiative)


  • Mr. Julius Korir, PS, State Department of Youth Affairs, Government of Kenya
  • Ms. Francella Strickland, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Government of Samoa
  • Mr. Alen John, SDG Officer, NITI Aayog, Government of India
  • Ms. Riina Pursiainen, Partnership Adviser, Prime Minister’s Office, Government of Finland

Guiding questions

  • What can governments do to ensure an enabling environment for mobilizing support and fostering national partnerships? What examples are there of policy / legislation that actively supports partnerships for sustainable development?
  • What are some examples of national partnerships for SDG collaboration? What are the challenges, and what are the key success factors?
  • What does it take to run effective national partnership platforms which convene societal sectors around SDG priorities, and catalyze implementation of innovative initiatives?
  • What can donors do to better support effective national partnerships?

Participation and format

The format of the event will be moderated panel discussion. As a participant, you will have the possibility to pose questions to the panelists through the virtual chat window.


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