ACFID Statement on Australia’s first Voluntary National Review on the 2030 Agenda

27 Jul, 2017

Australian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Gillian Bird, has announced that Australia will deliver its first voluntary national review on the 2030 Agenda (Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs) at the UN High Level Political Forum in July 2018.

CEO of the Australian Council for International Development, Marc Purcell, said:

“This is a very welcome commitment by the Australian Government and provides an opportunity to look right across Australia at our implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and consider how we can accelerate our progress.

“Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has described how the SDGs will only ever be a “statement of ambition unless we plan for how we will achieve them.” We agree. We look forward to seeing a whole-of-government approach, and believe a national implementation plan is required to help Government integrate the SDGs into Australia’s domestic and international policies.  

“We look forward to working with the Australian Government to produce the voluntary national review which both profiles achievements so far and helps set a path for improving implementation into the future.”


Notes to Editors

Links to further information

VNR announcement by Australian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Gillian Bird

Australia’s VNR: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Statement by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop: 2015 UN Summit Plenary Meeting for Sustainable Development

About VNRs

The UN 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. Link to more information

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