The Financing for Sustainable Development Office of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs would like to undertake more in-depth research of the investment needs and priorities outlined in national governments’ strategies to achieve the SDGs.

In undertaking this work, the Capstone would begin with a detailed examination of the ‘Voluntary National Reviews’ (VNRs) presented by governments at the annual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development which outline their plans and progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.  After taking a detailed examination of all the VNRs, the Capstone team would map out the common areas where priorities tend to be focused.  This could vary by region and country category based on stage of development and these differences should be factored into the mapping. The subsequent task would be to highlight, again within the context of the stated country priorities and possible differences across regions and country groupings, the activities and sectors where there are likely to be significant investment needs (including those for private investment). Initial results from a core set of countries (about 20) will be presented in mid-October 2019.