Making the SDGS relevant
By Sister Beatriz Martinez-Garcia SSND – UN-NGO Representative
In 2015 all the Member States of the United Nations unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in which they committed to ensuring that no one is left behind. Every year since 2016, it is the process of the UN that some countries present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs).The countries report how they are integrating the SDGs into their national development plans, and how that integration has improved the quality of life
of their inhabitants and the environment.
This year’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) was held from July 6 to 15 2021. On the last three days, 44 countries presented their VNRs, including the Czech Republic, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Paraguay, and Sierra Leone. (To read the content of these reports, click on the country name.)
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For the second consecutive year, the HLPF was virtual. A delegation of 12 sisters and 4 associates from the Provinces of Africa, Latin American and the Caribbean, Atlantic-Midwest, and Central Pacific represented us. This year’s HLPF will focus on the following SDGs, 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16, and 17.Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, we may ask how SDGs are related to our SSND ministries.