Follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda

Women sorting coffee beans.
Regular follow-up and review of progress is needed to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. © UN/Martine Perret

An effective follow-up and review framework is crucial to ensure that the international community is on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, and that the goals are being implemented in practice. The 2030 Agenda sets out a mechanism which includes the national, regional and global levels, taking national reporting as its basis.

As was the case for previous international processes such as the Millennium Development Goals and Agenda 21, the 2030 Agenda is to be the subject of national reports on its implementation.  The responsible international platforms also conduct thematic reviews, while regional forums are also to play an important part in this multi-level system. At the global level, all of these review results ultimately feed in to the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, (HLPF), which was established in 2012. The HLPF also receives the results of reviews of the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on development financing.

The HLPF is where the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is being monitored. The Forum will discuss the findings, draw conclusions, and offer recommendations. Each country may take part in these discussions and present the status of their national implementation work. In July 2016 Switzerland was one of 22 countries to present the first steps of this work to the HLPF.

The HLPF meets annually under the aegis of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and every four years as part of the UN General Assembly. The next meeting at a General Assembly will be in held in 2019.