Voluntary local reviews global community has been growing at an encouraging pace. The second volume of the UCLG-UN-Habitat Guidelines analyses 64 full-fledged VLRs compared to the 37 available in the first volume of 2020. This rapid progress demonstrates that cities and local governments had the willingness and capacity for worth reporting.
The VLR communiqué launched by the institutions and partners gathered at the Expert Group Meeting Towards a New Generation of VLRs: Connecting VLRs and VNRs, recognizes that VLRs are a powerful tool to advance the localization of the SDGs. On top of that, VLRs are drivers of innovation that have changed the way we think of SDG localization.
However, the VLR communiqué acknowledges that much work still needs to be done to give local and regional governments and local stakeholders the resources they need to support a truly enabling and constructive reporting ecosystem and enhanced local-national connections.