Other Resources


Global SDG Accountability Report – A snapshot on the state of accountability for the 2030 Agenda (TAP Network): Accountability Report

Horizontal Accountability for SDG Implementation: A Comparative Cross-National Analysis of Emerging National Accountability Regimes (German Development Institute): Cross-National Analysis

Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) – A practical guidance tool for 2nd VNRs (UN ESCAP): 2nd Generation Guidance VNR tool

SG’s Voluntary common reporting Guidelines for voluntary national reviews at the HLPF  (UN): Updated Guidelines 2021

What is a Good Practice? A framework to analyse the Quality of Stakeholder Engagement in implementation and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda (UNDESA/UNDP): Analytical framework


Reusing Citizen-Generated Data for Official Reporting: A Quality Framework for National Statistical Office-Civil Society Organisation Engagement (PARIS21 Working Paper): Quality Framework

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 (UN): SDG Report 2020

Mainstreaming SDG 16: Using the Voluntary National Review to Advance More Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies (Global Alliance/TAP Network): Guidance resource

UN DESA VNR Handbook 2021 Edition: VNR Handbook 2021 Edition

Stakeholder engagement and the 2030 Agenda – A practical guide (UN DESA/UNITAR): English version/ Spanish version/ French version.

PRAIA CITY GROUP Guidance Note – Governance Statistics in the COVID-19 Era: Guidance Note

A Guide to Report on SDG 16 in Voluntary National Reviews (The Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies): Guide to Report on SDG 16

The 2030 Agenda’s data challenge – Approaches to alternative and digital data collection and use (GIZ/GPSDD): 2030 Agenda Data Challenge

SDG16 in VNRs and Spotlight Reports – Reporting on Progress, Reflecting on Inclusive Accountability Measures and Recommendations for going ahead (GIZ/TAP): SDG16 in VNRs and Spotlight Reports

Progressing national SDGs implementation – An independent assessment of the VNR reports submitted to the HLPF in 2019: Progressing national SDG implementation VNRs 2019

Updated voluntary common reporting guidelines for VNRs: Updated reporting guidelines 2020


UN DESA VNR Handbook 2020 Edition: VNR Handbook 2020 Edition

Second Generation Voluntary National Reviews – Renewing the commitment (Cepei): Second-Generation-VNRs

SDG Accountability Handbook – A Practical Guide for Civil Society (TAP Network): SDG-Accountability-Handbook

Progressing national SDGs implementation – An independent assessment of the VNR reports submitted to the HLPF in 2018: Progressing national SDG implementation VNRs 2018

Q&A VNRs 2019 HLPFQA for VNRs 2019


UN Reforms for the 2030 Agenda – Are the HLPF’s Working Methods and Practices “Fit for Purpose”? (SWP Research Paper 2018/RP 09, October 2018): UN Reforms for the 2030 Agenda

Voluntary National Reviews – A civil society quick guide (Together 2030/CAFOD/Uniting to Combat NTDs): Quick guide for civil society

Engaging parliaments on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs: representation, accountability and implementation – A handbook for civil society (Together 2030/Global Focus/Newcastle University/Sightsavers/UNDP/World Vision)A handbook for civil society

UN DESA 2018 Voluntary National Reviews – Synthesis ReportSynthesis report VNRs 2018

UN DESA VNR Handbook 2019 Edition: VNR Handbook 2019 Edition

UN DESA VNR Handbook 2018 Edition: VNR Handbook 2018 Edition

Updated voluntary common reporting guidelines for VNRsUpdated guidelines for reporting

Q&A VNRs 2018 HLPFQA for VNRs 2018

Progressing national SDGs implementation – An independent assessment of the VNR reports submitted to the HLPF in 2017: Progressing national SDG implementation_2nd Edition

UN DESA Compendium of National Institutional Arrangements for implementing the 2030 Agenda – The 64 countries that presented VNRs at the HLPF in 2016 and 2017: Compendium of national institutional arrangements

Voluntary National Review Reports – what do they report? An analysis of trends in VNR reporting based on 2017 VNRs (UN Committee for Development Policy 2018): CDP Background Paper

VNR reporting needs evaluation: a call for global guidance and national action (IIED Briefing January 2018): VNR reporting needs evaluation

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 – UN DESA. An overview of progress towards achieving the SDGs: UN SDG Report 2018

UN DESA 2017 Voluntary National Reviews – Synthesis Report: Synthesis report VNRs 2017

UNDP Institutional and Coordination Mechanisms – A Guidance NoteGuidance Note

UNDG Guidelines to support country reportingGuidelines to support country reporting


UN DESA 2016 Voluntary National Reviews – Synthesis Report: Synthesis report VNRs 2016

Critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global levelhttp://undocs.org/en/A/70/684

Report of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicatorshttps://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/47th-session/documents/2016-2-IAEG-SDGs-E.pdf


Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmenthttps://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld

Beisheim, Marianne and Simon, Nils 2015 – Meta-Governance of Partnerships for Sustainable Development, Actors’ Perspectives on How the UN Could Improve Partnerships’ Governance Services in Areas of Limited Statehood. The working paper analyzes different perspectives of key actors on multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development. It focuses on actors in the UN context and discusses the success conditions to enable and ensure existing and the development of new partnerships. https://www.swp-berlin.org/fileadmin/contents/products/fachpublikationen/Beisheim_etal2015_Meta-Governance_of_Partnerships_for_Sustainable_DevelopmentWP68.pdf

Beisheim, Marianne 2015 – Follow-up and review of implementation of the agenda and the agreed goals and targets. This document is a presentation held by Ms. Beisheim on why an effective and efficient review and follow up process is needed and how it could be implemented. https://www.swp-berlin.org/fileadmin/contents/products/medienbeitraege/Beisheim-FollowUpAndReview_PresentationAtUNPlenary.pdf

Beisheim, Marianne 2015 – Reviewing the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and Partnerships, A Proposal for a Multi-level Review at the High-level Political Forum. This early 2015 study discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the existing review processes at that time. The author suggests a “Commit and Review” process and review partnerships for sustainable development. https://www.swp-berlin.org/fileadmin/contents/products/research_papers/2015_RP01_bsh.pdf


Beisheim, Marianne 2014 – The Future HLPF Review, Criteria and ideas for its institutional design. The working paper analyses the options for a review mechanism for the HLPF and a follow-up and review process to achieving the implementation of sustainable development. Initially the author designs criteria for an institutionalized effective review mechanism. It is followed by an analysis of existing review mechanisms and an evaluation of their advantages for the new HLPF review. https://www.swp-berlin.org/fileadmin/contents/products/arbeitspapiere/Beisheim_FG08Working_Paper_Review_140306.pdf


SDG Global Database (UN Statistics Division): https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/unsdg

Information on HLPF/VNRs: https://hlpf.un.org/vnrs

SDG Trackerhttps://sdg-tracker.org/

SDG Knowledge Hub – a project by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD): http://sdg.iisd.org/