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EPRs & SDGs

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At their 8th Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference (2016), Ministers acknowledged the important contribution of the UNECE Environmental Performance Review (EPR) Programme as an effective and practical policy tool and highlighted the role the Programme could play in supporting the achievement and monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the pan-European region (see Batumi Ministerial Declaration).

At its 22nd session (2017), the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy approved the document Role of EPRs in supporting the achievement and monitoring of SDGs in the pan-European region prepared by the EPRs Expert Group with support from the UNECE EPR secretariat.

Documents and materials

Role of EPRs in supporting the achievement and monitoring of SDGs in the pan-European region (ENG, FRE, RUS)

EPRs: progress made in conducting the third cycle (ENG, FRE, RUS)

News article "EPRs to support the achievement and monitoring of SDGs"

Since 2017, EPRs address relevant SDGs and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The EPRs have the potential to address up to 137 relevant targets under all SDGs. The coverage of targets is tailored to the content of each review, which in turn is being determined in consultation with the Government concerned. Relevant targets under all SDGs have been addressed in the reviews conducted since 2017, however the most covered are Goals 6 “clean water and sanitation”, 11 “sustainable cities and communities”, 12 “responsible consumption and production”, 13 “climate action” and 15 “life on land”.

The following EPRs integrate relevant SDGs targets: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, North Macedonia (publication forthcoming) and Uzbekistan (review on-going).

Countries's efforts to achieve EPR-related SDG targets are supported through projects (UNDA project) and workshops (Astana Workshop, Tbilisi Workshop, Minsk WorkshopBudva Workshop).

The picture bellow illustrates the SDGs targets covered by the EPRs as at January 2019 (the picture will be updated shortly to show the status as at September 2019). An overview of 137 relevant targets is available here. The graph shows the number of targets covered by the EPRs since 2017.

Integration of the targets from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into environmental performance reviews