Thematic reviews are part of the 2030 Agenda Review Framework for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Thematic reviews, at the national, global or regional levels, can shed light on specific implementation challenges, such as institutional, technology and financing gaps that are common across countries. They can also consider sectors, such as health, education, agriculture or infrastructure design, and cross-sectoral concerns such as climate change and environmental degradation. Even as they focus on a given theme, however, they should still reflect the cross-cutting nature of 2030 Agenda, avoiding a siloed perspective.


Name1 Thematic Review
Domain #isic9900 - Activities of extraterritorial organizations and bodies in collaboration with #cofog0132 - Overall planning and statistical services (CS) and the functions of government and stakeholders across many economic activities of the countries in the region.
Target Outcome

Policy reviews and procedures within legally binding instruments may provide useful information on
country progress on specific themes.

Thematic reviews can be important information sources for national reviews, especially in analysing
policies and strategies, and global and/or regional developments.

Social actors and roles

Countries as well as the UN system may prepare thematic analyses.

Within the UN system, a thematic review may come from among others:

  • Development agencies in their areas of expertise;
  • Commissions such as the Commission on the Status of Women;
  • Assemblies such as the World Health Assembly;
  • Global partnerships such as Education for All;
  • Scientific panels such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change;
Trigger or preceding interaction Identification of a specific (thematic) implementation challenge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Interfaces and services services
Inputs and outputs i/o
Stores and tools

An online review platform is dedicated to compiling information from countries participating in the voluntary national reviews of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

It includes a Proposal for voluntary common reporting guidelines(pdf) (for voluntary national reviews at the high-level political forum). A section by section description of the guidelines is available in the Actant dictionary: #crg4VNR - Common reporting guidelines for voluntary national reviews.

Other characteristics
Part of 2030 Agenda(j) (per country) and 2030 Agenda Review Framework
Parts Domestic or local thematic reviews.
Succeeding Interactions Follow-up including changes to the regional and national action plans.
Alternatives Not doing regional reviews (and missing regional development opportunities, as well as opportunities for improving the national action plans).
Action Realm Monitoring & Evaluation
Risks risks
Further reading UNDG Guidelines to Support Country Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals

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