Make Your Voice Heard in Your Country’s Voluntary National Review of the SDGs

New info sheet highlights opportunities for civil society engagement in Sustainable Development Goal reporting

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a comprehensive framework and plan of action for all countries to achieve equitable development across environmental, social, and economic dimensions. Building on the Millennium Development Goals and adopted by Governments in September 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 accompanying targets, including a target to end AIDS by 2030, take an intersectional approach to development and emphasize the aspiration to “leave no one behind.”

Each year, some Member States choose to participate in a Voluntary National Review (VNR) of SDG implementation, which is presented in an interactive dialogue during the ministerial meeting at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development in New York. Member States are encouraged to engage in a transparent and open consultation with civil society to report on all 17 SDGs and efforts to leave no one behind.

This is a key entry point for civil society to raise issues about engagement and participation in SDG implementation, investment and prioritization of country-level interventions, and stigma, discrimination, and human rights as they pertain to women and adolescent girls, lesbian and bisexual women, gay and bisexual men, people who use drugs, sex workers, transgender people, migrants, and prisoners in the national HIV response.

This info sheet provides:

  • Background on the SDGs, HLPF, and VNR process
  • Resources regarding HIV and key populations in the framework of the SDGs
  • Recommendations for what civil society and communities could contribute to a VNR report
  • Best practices for creating a parallel report on SDG implementation

Check the Sustainable Development platform to verify that your country has chosen to participate in the VNR process this year.

Download the Info Sheet

Contact Stephen Leonelli, Senior Policy Advisor at MSMGF, for more information or support at

MSMGF is an expanding network of advocates and other experts in sexual health, LGBT/human rights, research, and policy, working to ensure an effective response to HIV among gay men and other men who have sex with men. We are directly linked with more than 120 community-based organizations, across 62 countries.

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF)
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About Free Space Process
The Free Space Process convenes a partnership of 11 key global civil society and community networking organisations with a focus on HIV. FSP aims to enhance the HIV response and the role of civil society by facilitating proactive exchange of information and positions among partners, strategizing on (joint) policy advocacy and increased collaboration.

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