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As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages member states to “conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national 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 High-Level Political Forum (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 of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Voluntary National Reviews | The GPEDC Mentions
Highlighting GPI Principles and South-South & Triangular Cooperation
“GPI was launched at the 2016 High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Nairobi, in order to advance effective actions in international aid policy. AIDA’s accession to GPI will help to build global awareness about the donor activities of our country, to expand its global partnership relations, and to ensure its participation in important events taking place in the sphere of international development. By joining GPI, AIDA takes an active part in actions, discussions and establishing of the rules aimed at increasing the effectiveness of South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation and enhancing the impact of the programs and projects implemented globally, and provides access for less developed countries to benefit from development programs and projects.” (page 114)
Creation of a Development Cooperation and Partnership Strategy
“The Development Cooperation and Partnerships Strategy (2014-2018) has been developed and effectively implemented in line with Cambodia’s evolved development context as an LMIC. It provided a comprehensive framework for promoting development partnerships in Cambodia articulated in the RGC’s RS-IV. The strategy is also aligned with global initiatives on development effectiveness focusing on effective institutions, inclusive partnerships and development results. The RGC’s ODA database continues to serve as an important tool for recording and coordinating external cooperation resources as well as providing full transparency via on-line open access and supporting monitoring of development effectiveness indicators.” (pag 42)
Participation in the GPEDC Monitoring Round
“Providers of development co-operation in Saint Lucia, use country-owned results frameworks and planning tools to a medium extent (approximately 50%). The 2018 Monitoring Round of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) found that 92% of the outcome objectives of new development co-operation projects and programmes align to those defined in-country strategies/plans. However, 47% of results indicators of new projects and programmes were drawn from country-owned results frameworks and 9% of all results indicators can be monitored using data from government monitoring systems and statistics. (page 39)”
Participation in the GPEDC Monitoring Round
“The Philippines participated anew in the 3rd Monitoring Survey Round of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Coordinated by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and UNDP, the GPEDC seeks to gather evidence on progress in implementing effective development cooperation commitments at the country, regional, and global levels, supporting accountability among all development partners. A Philippine country report entitled “2018 Philippine Report: Enhancing Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Monitoring for Effective Development Cooperation” summarized findings of the monitoring survey resulting from several rounds of consultation with 14 development partners, 19 government agencies, 18 private sector firms, and various CSOs and trade union organizations. Findings of the report indicate that at the strategic level, there is a high level of alignment between development partners’ country assistance strategies (CAS) with the PDP 2017-2022, AmBisyon Natin 2040, and the SDGs. Majority of the CAS timeframe is in sync with the timing of the national plan. The Philippine government signs off on 65 percent of these CAS. Transparency and inclusive partnerships are also pursued as 90.0 percent of development partners engaged CSOs, 80.0 percent consulted the private sector, and 55.0 percent engaged other stakeholders in the formulation of their respective CAS ” (page 42)
Mapping the SDG 17 – GPEDC monitoring report
“The overall use of the country’s results frameworks in development cooperation (Indicator 17.15.1), is 67.5%, reflecting the potential for improvement in the short and medium terms. This trend is extremely important if a country is to be able to finance its own development on a sustainable basis and to avoid fragmentation and duplication of efforts.” (page 63)