Front page of VNR Review 2020

A key pillar of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, alongside the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, is an ongoing review of implementation. Central to this is the process of Voluntary National Reviews, where Member States submit and prevent reports on their progress in delivering on their commitments. 

These reviews, at best, provide an excellent opportunity not only to understand how countries are doing (in particular on key SDGs for libraries, such as 4 (education), 9 (infrastructure and innovation), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), and 16 (access to information), but also for libraries to build connections and reputation by engaging in the drafting process.

This updated IFLA guide for 2020 offers a description of what Voluntary National Reviews are, and how they should be put together, alongside hints for libraries in how to get involved. 

Download the 2020 briefing as a pdf. See also our monthly guide for libraries looking to engage in VNRs in 2020.