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Supporting the review and implementation processes of sustainable development goals

As of: January 2022

With the 2030 Agenda, the international community has set itself an ambitious plan for sustainable development that asks for integrated implementation. Structures and capacities for interdepartmental, coherent national policymaking and reporting processes have so far failed to meet the requirements. The project therefore strengthens the exchange and peer-learning on reporting mechanisms at national level within the transnational "Partners for Review" network and internationally in the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). In selected developing countries and emerging economies, the project supports demand-oriented the effective leveraging of synergies between SDGs and strategy processes on climate (especially NDCs), biodiversity, environment and disaster risk management contributing to coherent policymaking and accelerating the ambitious implementation of the agenda as such. For further dissemination experiences and recommendations are incorporated into policy briefs and good practices.

State of implementation/results

  • Since October 2017, eight network meetings of the “Partners for Review” (P4R) initiative have been held digitally as Virtual Networking Days in Kampala, Tbilisi, Berlin, Oaxaca, Hanoi and most recently due to the pandemic in May/October 2020 and May 2021. The IKI project enabled additional 272 representatives from government, civil society and science from over 30 countries to take part in the exchange.
  • P4R regularly publishes studies, including the annual evaluation of the voluntary state reports at the High-level Political Forum (HLPF), collections of case studies on national reporting processes, reports on the application of the "whole of government" and "whole of society" approaches, as well as on data-related challenges and opportunities in the review of the SDGs (
  • In addition, the P4R Secretariat participated in various global and regional events as part of the 2030 Agenda with side events and speeches: the HLPF and the regional forums for sustainable development for Asia/Pacific, Europe as well as Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Together with four other IKI projects recently, the project created a total of nine Build Forward Better Briefs. The individual issues deepened the topics of monitoring, cities, tourism, NDC & long-term strategies, risk governance, biodiversity, capacity building for green recovery and took stock of the Green Recovery Tracker (… / build-forward-better).
  • The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) published in 2019 underlines the need to increase global ambition and provides guidance on sustainable development and transformative development paths. In cooperation with the IKI project “Strategic Environmental Dialogues” and UNDESA, the project supported consultation processes as well as the dissemination and implementation of the recommendations of the report, most recently through virtual workshop units from December 1st to 10th, 2020 for the Latin America and Caribbean region. At the interface between sciences, politics, the private sector and civil society, the participants transferred the GSDR options for action to their own work context. A Community of Practice and other dialogue formats (Dialogues for Sustainability) are continuously promoting the implementation of the 2030 agenda in the region (… -sustainability).
  • The results of an evaluation of existing instruments to illustrate the interactions between individual SDGs, the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement have been available on the IKI website since November 2019. - In June 2019, the BMU and BMZ hosted the first national preparatory conference for the HLPF in Berlin. Federal Environment Minister Schulze and Federal Development Minister Müller discussed with high-ranking representatives from politics, civil society, science and business how the urgently needed, more ambitious implementation action could be achieved. The project supports the implementation of the annual event, most recently on December 2nd, 2020 in a virtual format.
  • In April 2019, an expert exchange on the development and expansion of statistical systems and SDG-relevant implementation took place between environmental and SDG statisticians from Latin America and German and European actors in cooperation with the UN Regional Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC).

Project data


Implementing partner(s):
  • Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future
  • United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA)
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) - Thailand
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

BMU grant:
7.000.000,00 €

10/2017  till  05/2022


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