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Country-led SDG evaluations: the missing piece of the jigsaw?
Friday, 9 July 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Virtual (NY Time)

Side Event

The road to 2030 lies ahead of us. But how do we know we are on the right path? In this Decade of Action, country-led evaluations of the SDGs can deliver the critical missing evidence to learn what works and what doesn’t; to learn from mistakes and champion successes; to partner and scale up local approaches globally and global approaches locally. Building on the progress made in strengthening national evaluation capacities under UNGA resolution A/RES/69/237, country-led evaluations have the potential to help us build back better after Covid-19, light up synergies across the SDGs and unlock the door to transformation in leaving no woman, man, girl or boy behind.

This event showcases the experiences of countries in moving from strengthening national evaluation capacities to embarking on evaluations of specific SDGs to inform and complement Voluntary National Reviews in reviewing progress made towards their development objectives. Featuring insights from the UNEG progress report on the implementation of UNGA A/RES/69/237, the event brings together a multitude of actors from across the international community to lend their voice to and share their experiences on how country-led evaluations of the SDGs can accelerate progress towards achieving the SDGs and lead us to a brighter future.

The event is hosted by the United Nations World Food Programme and UNICEF, together with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs of Nigeria, UN Women, EvalPartners and IDEAS.

French and Spanish interpretation will be available.


Opening remarks:

  • Andrea Cook (Director of Evaluation, WFP, Co-Chair of EvalPartners)


  • Prof Ian Goldman (Advisor: Evaluation and Evidence Systems, CLEAR-AA)

    Panel discussion:

  • Dr Bala Yusuf Yunusa, Senior Technical Advisor to the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria
  • Dr Bommakanti Rajender, Minister (Agriculture) and Alternate Permanent Representative of India to the UN Rome-based agencies
  • Dr Paula Amaya, Director, Sistema de Información, Evaluación y Monitoreo de Programas Sociales (SIEMPRO), Argentina


  • Robert Piper, Assistant Secretary-General for Development Coordination

    Closing remarks:

  • Denis Jobin, Senior Evaluation Specialist at UNICEF Evaluation Office

  • Dr Deborah Rugg

  • United Nations