Voluntary National Review (VNR) - Jamaica 2022

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The second Voluntary National Review (VNR) for Jamaica demonstrates continuity in action and purpose to implement the SDGs within the framework of Vision 2030 Jamaica and broadly considers the imperatives of the Decade of Action and Delivery for the SDGs, as the country pursues the achievement of the SDGs by the year 2030. Its scope reflects these imperatives through a multi-stakeholder approach that informed the review of progress against the goals since the 2018 VNR and examines critical entry points in localization and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to catalyse recovery and progress towards attaining the goals.

The first VNR identified six areas as the next steps which are key to accelerate progress on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Since 2018, significant steps have been taken in these areas:

  1. Full and effective implementation of national priorities, outlined in the Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework (MTF) 2018–2021 to address the challenges—social, economic, environment and governance;
  2. Strengthen the National Statistics System;
  3. Improve the monitoring and evaluation framework;
  4. Explore mechanisms and strategies for financing: Development financing has been a core area of focus of the GOJ and its partners;
  5. Improve policy coherence and build capacity: The Vision 2030 Jamaica framework, and the MTF which integrates the SDGs, form the overarching policy framework that promotes both vertical and horizontal policy coherence.

Reporting on the progress of the SDGs identified key areas for acceleration and recovery of development gains and includes, inter alia:

  • Leverage corporate social responsibility to further support private sector participation in national development and as a financier of SDG initiatives at the local level;
  • Strengthen the means of implementation through increased localisation of the goals and Vision 2030 Jamaica;
  • Cultivate international partnerships for technical cooperation and advocate for addressing requirements for concessionary financing, cognizant of the vulnerability of small states;
  • Strengthen communication and stakeholder mobilisation locally and nationally.
VNR Jamaica 2022
Planning Institute of Jamaica - Government of Jamaica