In September 2015, the NTD community welcomed the inclusion of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), having been missed in the MDGs agenda.
“By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, waterborne diseases, and other communicable diseases”
This inclusion in the SDGs can only be meaningful if there is adequate follow up of implementation and progress, tied in with adequate allocation of resources.
Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) are a critical element of the follow-up and review mechanisms for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The main objective of the VNRs is to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the SDGs.
Forty-seven countries have volunteered to present their VNRs at the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2018, in New York, including several for the second or third time. Your country is one of those that has volunteered for the VNRs.
This is an opportunity for the NTD programme to engage with the national review process; to showcase the progress that is being made in your country towards the implementation of Target 3.3 of SDG 3, to advocate for stronger visibility and commitment from the national government as well as to discuss the interlinkages between NTDs and other aspects of the 2030 Agenda.