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Transport and SDGs Voluntary National Reviews

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As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda 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.” This mechanism, known as the Voluntary National Review (VNR), is expected to serve as a basis for the regular reviews by the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) which convenes annually under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

SLoCaT has been conducting analyses on the transport relevance of the VNRs since the inaugural HLPF in 2016. The analyses aim to:

  • Provide a useful resource for policy-makers to better understand the role of transport in achieving SDGs;
  • Provide recommendations to proactively set goals and measures/policies, implement and report on sustainable transport;
  • Help the transport community (and other relevant sectors e.g. energy, health) to know the pattern, gaps and opportunities in reporting sustainable transport in the VNR process.

Since the first HLPF in 2016, countries has been reporting transport as a vital sector to implement SDGs. The transport sector looks to VNRs as an opportunity to showcase on-the-ground implementation and best practices. VNRs should demonstrate countries' commitments and contribute to offer leverage and momentum for the transport sector to move towards a more sustainable path.

To demonstrate tangible progress on sustainable transport in VNRs, countries should:

In 2019, 4 out of 47 VNRs reported transport targets - a significant decrease from 2018 when 15 VNRs reported transport targets:

In 2019, 30 out of 47 VNRs reported on transport co-benefits:


Key findings can be found in the Infographic Brief on Transport and SDGs VNRs in 2019

Previous Reports on Transport and VNRs:




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