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How To Prepare a Child-Led Complementary Report for a Voluntary National Review: A case study from Zambia

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PSAF, Panos Institute Southern Africa,Save the Children International

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all UN Member States in 2015.  The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a fundamental part of the 2030 Agenda and are inextricably linked to the rights of children. Countries are encouraged, but not obliged, to conduct a Voluntary National Review (VNR) on a regular basis.  The VNR is a peer review process examining a State’s progress and challenges in achieving the SDGs.  It also looks at progress in achieving the pledge to ‘leave no one behind’ which is a commitment to reach the furthest behind first, and to ensure that progress on the SDGs is inclusive. Civil society organisations also provide a complementary report on the extent to which progress has been made.

In 2020, Zambia presented its first VNR.  A coalition of child rights focused organisations prepared a complementary report scrutinising realities on the ground for children in Zambia.  In addition, a child-led complementary report was developed, which included innovative use of photos and digital consultations.  This Case Study examines the process for developing this child-led report and explores how children were given space and opportunity to identify issues of concern and were in control of the process from the outset.

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