The VNR Lab will provide a space for representatives of Member States, the UN System, civil society, NHRIs and their networks to share experiences and lessons learned in applying a human rights approach to the Voluntary National Review (VNR) processes with the aim of accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and ensuring no one is left behind.

The VNR Lab will also serve to launch new guidance (forthcoming) for Member States on ways to integrate rights-based approaches in the development of VNRs. The guidance has been developed jointly by UNDP and OHCHR with support from the Human Rights Mainstreaming Fund in close collaboration with colleagues across the system under the UN Secretary-General’s Call to Action for Human Rights

The guidance entitled, Human Rights and Voluntary National Reviews Common Operational Guidance Note, will be available online by the end of the week. The guidance is intended as a complementary resource to the regularly updated UN DESA Handbook for the Preparation of Voluntary National Reviews and the UN Secretary-General’s Voluntary Common Reporting Guidelines for Member States.

The guidance aims to support Member States in maximizing synergies between human rights and SDG reporting processes to increase not only efficiencies but also effectiveness of interrelated efforts. The guidance articulates the various entry points for integrating a human rights perspective into VNR processes and highlights why this is important, showcases examples of how this has been done at the country level, and provides a checklist for practitioners with related resources and tools.

More information on the closed event, held under Chatham House Rules, is available here. Participation only possible with advance registration through this link.


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