Belize's Voluntary National Review

The process for the development of the Voluntary National Review (VNR) Report used a similar approach to that of the MDGs preparation and built on the momentum created by the process for the formulation of the GSDS. As a final act in this process, a Validation Workshop was held on June 1st, 2017, which included small group sessions to enable clarification and solicitation of comments on the Draft VNR.
 
Belize's institutional arrangement for implementing and monitoring the GSDS is provided by inter-ministerial committees. Membership in five Technical Committees has been drawn from various government ministries associated with achieving five Critical Success Factors outlined in the GSDS. In partnership with the Sustainable Development Unit (SOU) in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI), MED is developing a monitoring and evaluation framework which will enable the measurement of the achievement of the GSDS. 
 
The Government of Belize (GOB) has taken ownership of the SDGs. This is evidenced by the Ministry of Finance embarking on an initiative to move towards Program Budgeting in all line ministries to enable the monitoring of individual ministry performance in achieving GSDS and SDG targets and achieving ministry objectives. These goals have been incorporated and mainstreamed in Belize's medium and long term development plans. In addition to the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, Belize's Horizon 2030 and GSDS 2016-2019 also integrate elements of cultural and institutional sustainability, peace and good governance.
A significant challenge in achievement of the GSDS and SDG targets is the collection and management of data which is a key component of successful achievement of goals and targets and the ability to make evidence based decisions.