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The Czech Republic presented its second voluntary national review

The Czech Republic presented its second voluntary national review (VNR) during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on July 12, 2021. The presentation was led by the minister of the environment, Mr. Richard Brabec, who reminded in his opening speech that the VNR is an opportunity for complex evaluation of the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and exploration of possibilities for recovery from the aftermaths of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Second VNR is a result of a demanding long-term process based on analysis of verifiable and comparable statistics. Its preparation included all governmental departments and other subjects. Due to the complexity and reach of the agendas tied to sustainable development, the Czech Republic fully understands the context and meaning of a structured society-wide dialogue.


Based on the available data, the VNR states progress in 8 different sustainable development goals (SDGs). Among those are 2 – Zero hunger, 6 – Clean water and sanitation, 7 – Affordable and clean energy, 8 – Decent work and economic growth, 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure, 10 – Reduced inequalities, 14 – Life below water and 16 – Peace, justice and strong institution. Small progress can also be noted in other 8 SDGs. The Czech Republic however faces severe structural challenges in implementation of SDG 5 – Gender equality.