8th Workshop on Voluntary National Reviews - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
17 March 2023

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8th Workshop on Voluntary National Reviews

  • Beirut, Lebanon
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Since 2019, ESCWA, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the League of Arab States have been organizing a series of regional workshops on Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). The workshops provide a platform for knowledge exchange and peer learning on VNRs in the Arab region.

The 8th workshop is the second to be held in the 2023 cycle. It supports Arab countries presenting their VNRs at the 2023 High-level Political Forum in reporting on their preparations, the challenges faced and the way forward.

This workshop is  held in partnership with the International Organization on Migration (IOM).  It explores the linkages between migration and the Sustainable Development Goals and includes practical exercises to help countries report on migration in VNRs based on a guidance note prepared by ESCWA and IOM.

More details are available in the information note.

Participation in this workshop is by invitation only.

Outcome document

The key messages are available in Arabic.

The session introduced and discussed the interlinkages between the 2030 Agenda and migration, recognized as a powerful driver of sustainable development. The session showcased national experiences from the region and beyond in addressing the migration from a development lens in Timor-Leste, Morocco, Oman and Kuwait.

This session was organized in the form of breakout groups and offered practical guidance on addressing migration in the voluntary national review process and reporting, and how to benefit from existing processes and resources including national voluntary reporting on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

The session provided an update on the 2023 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and VNRs preparations. 2023 VNR Arab countries (Comoros, Kuwait, Bahrain, Syrian Arab Republic and Saudi Arabia) presented their progress and shared information on new approaches and tools adopted, challenges faced, and next steps.

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