HLPF side event: ‘Open, inclusive, participatory and transparent’: How can voluntary national reviews support the pledge to ‘leave no one behind’ in implementing the 2030 Agenda?

We are pleased to launch a report at a side event at the High-level Political Forum 2017 at the United Nations in New York on 17 July.

Open, inclusive, participatory and transparent

Event details:

  • Monday 17 July 2017. 6:30 — 8:30 PM

In the 2030 Agenda, all Member States committed to a robust, voluntary, effective, participatory, transparent and integrated follow-up and review framework that will help countries to maximise and track progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda in order to ensure that no one is left behind.

A key principle of these follow-up and review processes at all levels, committed to by all countries, is that these processes will be ‘open, inclusive, participatory and transparent for all people’ (paragraph 74d), and they will ‘have a particular focus on the poorest, most vulnerable and those furthest behind’ (paragraph 74e).

This side event will seek to gather the participation of Member States, civil society, academia and other stakeholders to reflect experiences, challenges and opportunities of implementing the 2030 Agenda at the national level and how VNRs are contributing (or not) to the national accountability cycle.

Event objectives

  • Inviting governments that have volunteered for VNRs in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to comment on how they are keeping or planning to keep up the momentum of delivery and implementation within all sectors before and after the HLPF sessions.
  • Inviting civil society partners and parliamentarians to comment on how they are engaging in implementation and organising after the VNR, as integral partners of the national accountability cycle and following up structures (paragraph 47).


  • Dr Sheka Bangura, government of Sierra Leone
  • Member of Bangladesh Delegation
  • Hon. Dauda Kallon, Sierra Leone parliamentarian chair, Parliamentary Action Group on SDGs
  • Swedish parliamentarian
  • Anuradha Pareek, DPO leader and local government councillor, Rajasthan, India
  • Ola Abu Alghaib, Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • Judith Kaulem, (executive director, Poverty Reduction Forum Trust, PRFT), Zimbabwe
  • Prof. Dr. Mark Herkenrath, director, Alliance Sud and official member of the Swiss delegation to the HLPF 
  • Dr Graham Long, Newcastle University
  • Representative of the India Mission to the UN 

For more information please email Ola Abu Alghaib.