SL presents first Voluntary National Review on SDGs

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By Lahiru Pothmulla   

Sri Lanka presented its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development held recently in New  York. 

The forum has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level. 

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York said Sandith Samarasinghe, the Minister Delegate for Sustainable Development, presented Sri Lanka’s first VNR on the status of implementing the SDGs. 
The VNR revealed that Sri Lanka had made impressive results in the provision of services in many sectors including education, health and near universal domestic electricity supply. 

“The VNR highlighted the positive achievements that continue to strengthen the country’s progress in health and well-being including the holding of malaria-free status and reduction of maternal mortality. It also indicates challenges in areas such as climate change, accelerated rate of population ageing and the increasing impact of non-communicable diseases,” the Sri Lankan mission said. 

It said the Sri Lankan Government had taken steps to address the challenges in the realisation of the 2030 agenda by developing long, medium and short term plans and allocating resources to realise them.