Reviewing local progress to accelerate action for the Sustainable Development Goals
The Asia-Pacific Regional Guidelines on Voluntary Local Reviews aspires to become a practical framework used
by local policy makers to review local progress against the SDGs. The Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) have
proven useful for cities and regions to foster SDG localization and demonstrate local governments’ capacity
and contributions to accelerating progress. The guidelines build on existing resources and provide practical
tools, checklists, and templates that local governments and other stakeholders can use when conducting a VLR
through a complimentary process with a country’s Voluntary National Review reporting.
Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in 2020