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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:00

Call for Participation in Voluntary National Reviews!

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Preparations for the 2018 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters are now in full swing! As co-organizers of the Animal Issues Thematic Cluster, a coalition of animal protection organizations advocating at the UN (founded by Thinking Animals United), we are working to ensure that animals are represented at the HLPF. 

man-water-bullalo no attribution pexels MediumAs part of this effort, we're encouraging national animal protection organizations to become involved in these processes. This year, 47 countries are conducting Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). These are national processes that aim to assess the progress of implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and should include an opportunity for civil society (and animal protection organization) participation. 

The VNRs feed into the High Level Political Forum in the form of official reports and short presentations during the proceedings. Because animal wellbeing is intrinsically linked to the SDGs, as we argued in this blog published by the UN, it is important for national organizations to get involved. The countries conducting a VNR in 2018 are: 

 

Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Australia
Bahamas
Bahrain
Benin
Bhutan
Cabo Verde
Colombia
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
Greece
Guinea
Hungary

Ireland
Jamaica
Kiribati
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Latvia
Lebanon
Lithuania
Mali
Malta
Mexico
Namibia
Niger
Paraguay
Poland
Qatar
Republic of Congo

Romania
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Singapore
Slovakia
Spain
Sri Lanka
State of Palestine
Sudan
Switzerland
Togo
United Arab Emirates
Uruguay
Viet Nam

 

 

For more information, here are some documents that can help you get your bearings:

If your organization is in a VNR country, or knows an organization who may be willing to participate in a VNR country, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., as we can help you get started.

Jessica Bridgers

Jessica is the Executive Director at World Animal Net. Having received a B.S. in biology with minors in chemistry and anthropology from the University of New Mexico, she combines a scientific background with a passion for animal protection. She completed her M.S. in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University and internships with Humane Society International, Animal Protection of New Mexico, and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society before arriving at World Animal Net. In her free time she volunteers with horse and wildlife rescues and makes delicious vegan food.

 

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