Policy Brief Offers Recommendations on Strengthening Follow-up & Review for the SDGs


  • 2022•10•25     Tokyo

    A new UNU-IAS policy brief provides recommendations for governments on improving their follow-up and review (FUR) frameworks for the SDGs. Based on an analysis of 2021 Voluntary National Reviews submitted by 40 countries, it advocates a multi-level, integrated approach that extends beyond measuring progress to examine policy and evaluate implementation. The brief, Advancing Follow-up and Review for the SDGs: Lessons from the 2021 Voluntary National Reviews, offers advice on developing FUR mechanisms and practices that improve coherence with other frameworks while keeping SDG progress on track. The brief is authored by Richa Kandpal and Mahesti Okitasari.


    Follow-up and review (FUR) are vital for countries to understand their progress on the SDGs. Designing and implementing a comprehensive FUR mechanism is challenging due to the complexity presented by the large number of indicators and the lack of data across multiple dimensions of sustainable development. In addition to reporting and monitoring performance, an effective system should build accountability, support evidence-based policymaking, and advance the transformative change envisioned in the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.


    • Integrate SDG FUR principles in the national FUR framework.
    • Develop an integrated FUR framework that informs planning and monitoring cycles.
    • Direct investments and reaffirm commitments to improve statistical capacity and the data ecosystem.
    • Promote multi-stakeholder participation and coordination of approaches.


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