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Data-driven programming and the Voluntary National Reviews
Tuesday, 7 July 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Virtually (held New York time)


The UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (Cooperation Framework) is informed by Government prioritization, planning, implementation and reporting vis-à-vis the 2030 Agenda, including the preparation of evidence-based Voluntary National Reviews based on SDG indicators. The UN Common Country Analysis (CCA) builds on processes such as the Voluntary National Reviews, and the country-specific findings and recommendations of UN principal organs. As per the proposal of the Secretary-General in his report 2020 report on QCPR implementation, UNCTs should work to strengthen their support to countries conducting these VNRs and ensure the reviews’ key findings inform the CCA and the Cooperation Framework.

The investments in UN reform are already yielding results immediate and longer-term response to the COVID-19 crisis. UNCTs under the leadership of the RCs are providing an integrated whole-of-system support to the countries in the preparedness and response to COVID-19. The support is leveraging the reinvigorated UN Development System by tapping into the comparative advantages of specific entities, WHO on Health, OCHA on humanitarian coordination, and UNDP as the technical lead for the socio-economic response.

This VNR lab will invite Resident Coordinators and other stakeholders to reflect on their experience in connecting the Voluntary National Review to the CCA and Cooperation Framework, as well as to solicit ideas on how this can be strengthened in the next QCPR cycle, how RCs and UNCTs can better support Governments with the socio-economic response to COVID-19, and how to best implement decisions taken in the 74th session of the General Assembly related to the follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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