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Key messages from the 2021 VNRs and VNRs
Monday, 12 July 2021
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Virtually (held New York time)

Official meeting


As part of its follow-up and review architecture, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages Member States to “conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and subnational 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 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. The voluntary national reviews (VNRs) aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the SDGs.

42 countries will conduct VNRs at the 2021 HLPF, including 9 first timers, 24 second timers, and 10 third timers.

  • H.E. Mr. Sergiy Kyslytsya (Ukraine), Vice President of ECOSOC
  • Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Third timers and One second timer

Panel: Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Egypt, Qatar
Ms. Amina Mohammed
UN Deputy Secretary-General
Ms. Amina Mohammed

UN Deputy Secretary-General

Ms. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Mohammed served as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action and efforts to protect the natural environment. Ms. Mohammed first joined the United Nations in 2012 as Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the responsibility for post-2015 development planning. She led the process that resulted in global agreement around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Mohammed began her career working on the design of schools and clinics in Nigeria. She served as an advocate focused on increasing access to education and other social services, before moving into the public sector, where she rose to the position of adviser to four successive Presidents on poverty, public sector reform, and sustainable development.

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