Civil society looks to independent review of SDGs, beyond government reporting

Devex, Aug 7, 2018
by Amy Lieberman

NEW YORK — The United Nations’ annual review of the Sustainable Development Goals has come and gone, but the hard work of assessing governments’ voluntary status updates is just beginning for some civil society organizations.

Forty-seven countries presented progress reports on their implementation of the SDGs during the two-week High-level Political Forum in mid-July. But without stringent guidelines and a strong accountability system in place, governments are largely left to self-report on just a few of the 17 goals.

It could also mean the voluntary national reports — often more than 100 pages long, circulated shortly before the launch of the forum — do not offer a fully accurate perspective of a country’s work on development, some experts say.

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