In line with the principle of accountability, all countries of the world are called upon to report about their efforts and progress at national, regional and global level. This is because the action items of the 2030 Agenda and their impacts will not be successful unless they are verifiable and transparent. A country’s voluntary reports on its progress on the SDGs, known as voluntary national reviews, are presented to the High-level Political Forum which convenes annually in New York. Every country decides for itself at what stage it reports at global level. Beyond that, national SDG reviews are increasingly being conducted as well. They render account to the public in the respective country and often to its parliament.

High-quality current data at national level are required to measure progress made in achieving these goals. For 17 goals and 169 targets, 232 indicators are measured for the reporting. They are managed at global level by the United Nations Statistics Division. The availability and quality of these data are not the only major challenge for the member states, however. The review process is also a challenge with respect to coordination between the participating government departments and the involvement of non-governmental stakeholders. Given these complex requirements, many countries are interested in sharing experiences.

The Partners for Review network is devoted to this exchange of experiences and brings together experts from governments, civil society, research and business. The project builds on mutual learning and dialogue in order to master the challenges encountered in implementing the SDG Reviews. More than 300 participants from 65 countries have so far participated in the biennial network meeting to share their experiences of the review process. GIZ coordinates the initiative on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU).

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