ICOMOS Philippines contributed to the 2022 Voluntary National Review (VNR) through the Stakeholders’ Chamber on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Philippines is a member of the NEDA’s Stakeholders Chamber on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the 2022 Voluntary National Review (VNR). 

The Voluntary National Review (VNR) is a process through which countries assess their efforts achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a view to accelerate their progress.  Through peer-learning, case presentations of progress,  the group surfaces gaps and good practices, so countries may gain a snapshot of their   standing in SDG implementation and leverage partnerships in the group. By the VNR, partnerships are also mobilized National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently published the 2022 VNR of the Philippines encapsulating ICOMOS Philippines and other Stakeholders’ Chamber members’ technical inputs in the two (2) previous Quarterly meetings.

Screenshot Photo of the VNR from National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)

NEDA provided the main messages of the VNR summarizing the state of the country:

“No Filipino is poor; no one is hungry. Filipino families live together; there is work-life balance. Everyone feels secure over their entire lifetime.”

This is the AmBisyon Natin 2040 of the Philippines (AN 2040). A 2040 strategic vision that has guided the Philippine Development Plans (PDPs) on the country’s priorities in 6-year increments. The PDP 2017-2022 lays the foundation for inclusive growth, a high-trust and resilient society and a globally competitive knowledge economy. Realizing that the World We Want, as elaborated in the 2030 Agenda through the SDGs, aligns with the Life We Want, through AN 2040, the Philippines has mainstreamed the SDGs in the strategies of the PDP.

This is the Philippines’ third VNR. The first was a stock-taking of lessons learned from the implementation of the MDGs; the second reported on the progress in addressing these lessons. This year, we had hoped to report on more progress towards a whole-of-society implementation and further gains in SDG outcomes. COVID-19, unfortunately, reversed some gains and forced us to re-prioritize strategies. However, the inroads we have made on means of implementation remain. We are enhancing these institutional mechanisms to quickly recover and accelerate progress.

There are few Quarterly meetings left and ICOMOS Philippines’ membership to the Chamber is for FY 2022 – 2023 and is renewable. 

To know more about NEDA’s initiative, visit https://sdg.neda.gov.ph/stakeholders-chamber/ 

To view and/or download the 2022 Philippines’ VNR, visit: https://hlpf.un.org/countries/philippines/voluntary-national-review-2022 

For more information on ICOMOS Philippines and SDGWG ➡️ https://philippines.icomos.org/index.php/category/pamana-2030/

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