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Voluntary National Review

Each of the 193 countries that signed on to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has committed to producing a Voluntary National Review at least twice over the lifetime of the Agenda. The Voluntary National Reviews are to reflect a country’s efforts and achievements against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Australia's first Voluntary National Review (VNR) on implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals was launched by The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on 15 June 2018 and delivered to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on 17 July 2018.

The Voluntary National Review is a 'whole of Australia' report. It is not just about government initiatives and activity: it is about the efforts of the business sector, civil society, academia, communities and individuals. Australians are contributing to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through their work in the care economy, by volunteering, by preserving the natural environment and through their everyday activities.

The Voluntary National Review draws on the activities, engagement and leadership of key civil society, academic and business organisations and their members. In particular, the Australian Council for International Development, the Global Compact Network Australia, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Australia/Pacific, the Australian Council of Social Service and the United Nations Association of Australia  made substantial contributions to the Voluntary National Review through the coordination of outreach events, their expert analysis, and by collecting and compiling case study material.

For ongoing updates on how Australians are contributing to the SDGs visit www.sdgs.org.au