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The Pacific countries presenting Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) in 2020 will include Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.

The 2030 Agenda calls for the presentation of VNRs each year to facilitate the sharing of national experiences related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation, including successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

The reviews are presented during the HLPF session that takes place each July under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The 2020 HLPF, including its ministerial segment, is expected to convene from 7-17 July. The VNR presentations and discussions will take place on 13 July (for countries submitting VNRs for a second time) and from 14-16 July (for first-time VNR presenters).

In a presentation to the Samoa workshop by Irena Zubcevic, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), highlighted that out of 58 UN Member States in the Asia-Pacific group, 51 will have presented Eleven of those are Pacific SIDS.

On SDG implementation by Asia-Pacific countries, Oliver Paddison, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), reported that most national development plans are not accompanied by financing strategies; there is an investment gap of US$1.5 trillion per year or 5 percent of GDP for developing Asia-Pacific countries, and these investment gaps rise to 16 percent of GDP in the least developed countries (LDCs).

He added that if Pacific SIDS remain on their current development trajectory, they will not achieve any of the 17 SDGs by 2030.