Transport and Voluntary National Reviews
The 2030 Agenda encourages member states to submit Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which has been convening annually since 2016 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The VNR process aims to facilitate the sharing of experiences among countries, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
Since the first HLPF in 2016, SLOCAT has been assessing transport references in the VNRs submitted each year. The assessment aims to:
- Provide a useful resource for policy-makers to better understand the role of transport in achieving the SDGs;
- Outline recommendations to policy-makers on goal-setting, implementing and reporting on sustainable transport progress;
- Help the transport community (and other relevant sectors e.g. energy, health) better understand the pattern, gaps and opportunities in reporting sustainable transport in the VNR process.
Throughout the lifespan of the HLPF, countries have been reporting on transport as a vital sector to implement SDGs, showcasing on-the-ground implementation and best practices. Through the VNRs, countries contribute to offer leverage and momentum for the transport sector to move along a more sustainable path.
Preliminary Results of the 2020 Transport and VNRs Assessment
Because of the intrinsic transversal nature of transport, it is essential to integrate it into all sustainability policies in order to implement the SDGs.
23% of the submitted VNRs reported specific targets covering 7 areas in sustainable transport.