President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Paula Narváez Ojeda has circulated an updated list of countries that will conduct voluntary national reviews (VNRs) in 2024. According to the list, 44 countries are planning to present VNRs in July.

In a letter dated 26 October 2023, Narváez Ojeda informs Member States that since making available the list of 2024 presenters on 20 October, it has come to her attention that “the expressions of interest from two countries were not duly considered, for technical reasons.” In addition, the ECOSOC President writes, one country decided to postpone its VNR.

As per the 26 October letter, the 2024 presenters are Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belize, Brazil, Chad, the Republic of the Congo, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Georgia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, Iran, Kenya, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Libya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, the Federated States of Micronesia, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Palau, Peru, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, State of Palestine, Syria, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

Iran and Mexico have been added to the updated list. Israel will not carry out a VNR in 2024. “[T]he updated list of countries presenting VNRs at the 2024 HLPF is now closed.” Countries wishing to present a VNR at the 2025 HLPF, or in subsequent years, “are invited to transmit their expression of interest.”

The 2024 HLPF will address the theme, ‘Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: The effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions.’ It will conduct in-depth review of SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), and SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals). [HLPF 2024]