Strengthening the Environmental Dimension of the Voluntary National Reviews in Asia-Pacific: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward.

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This report presents findings from a project jointly implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). The project reviewed 50 Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from 36 Asia and the Pacific countries from 2016 to 2021. In this context, the report presents an important account of environmental dimension implementation and reporting on SDGs across the Asia and the Pacific region. It reconfirms the need for urgent action, including by building public awareness and ensuring stakeholder participation, to address the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, while also calling for accelerated efforts on the SDGs.