Voluntary National Review (VNR) - Antigua & Barbuda 2021
Antigua and Barbuda is presenting its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) in 2021, the same year that it celebrates 40 years of independence. The document is structured around the 5Ps – People, Peace, Planet, Prosperity and Partnership - showcasing as a country the journey travelled, lessons learned along the way, how Antigua and Barbuda is localizing the SDGs and how the country plans to map its future with a view to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
Whilst as a small island developing State (SIDS) the island-nation can showcase many development gains, the VNR serves as a platform to review challenges, consider trade-offs and identify gaps in implementation and financing towards proposing possible solutions.
The VNR also illustrates how the country has levelled up and pivoted in the face of COVID-19 on one hand and on the other hand how the global pandemic has further exposed the challenges that Antigua and Barbuda and other SIDS face and the volatile global environment that they must oftentimes manoeuvre to survive. To this end, the VNR has identified recommendations and actions to advance Antigua and Barbuda’s achievement of the SDGs that could be applicable to other small island developing States.