UN’s High-Level Political Forum

NITI Aayog presents India’s second Voluntary National Review at UN’s High-Level Political Forum.

  1. The India VNR 2020 report is titled “Decade of Action: Taking SDGs from Global to Local”.

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NITI Aayog has the mandate of overseeing the adoption and monitoring of SDGs at the national and sub-national level.


  1. The report is a comprehensive account of the adoption and implementation of the 2030 Agenda in India.
  2. Apart from presenting a review of progress on the 17 SDGs, the report discusses the policy and enabling environment, India’s approach to localizing SDGs, and strengthening means of implementation.

About the United Nations HLPF:

The establishment of the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) was mandated in 2012 by the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), “The Future We Want”.

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  1. The HLPF meets annually in July for eight days under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.
  2. It replaced the Commission on Sustainable Development, which had met annually since 1993.


The HLPF is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development.

It has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the global level.

What is Voluntary National Review (VNR)?

VNR is a process through which countries assess and present progress made in achieving the global goals and the pledge to leave no one behind.

The purpose is to present a snapshot of where the country stands in SDG implementation, with a view to help accelerate progress through experience sharing, peer-learning, identifying gaps and good practices, and mobilizing partnerships.

  1. The reviews are voluntary and state-led and are aimed at facilitating the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned.
  2. The process of preparation of a country’s VNR provides a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of various relevant stakeholders.

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