The Lab

The Thematic Review LAB will be held in two parts. The first brings together knowledge gained through the Workshops, provides an opportunity for government representatives to react on Workshop discussions, and incorporates additional perspectives in regards to SDGs that were covered to a lesser extent by the Workshops. The second part provides a synthesis of inputs gathered in Part I before moving on to a discussion around policy recommendations to the High Level Political Forum 2017.


  • Synthesize Knowledge

    Discuss tradeoff and synergies & different data methods.

    Identify progress, gaps and synergies in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

  • Toward Concrete Policy Action

    through the 2017 HLPF theme, discuss concrete policy actions needed to achieve agenda 2030.

  • Collaboration and Cooperation

    between UN agencies, national and international organisations, scientific institutions and civil society.



Workshop1: Sustaining and upscaling achievements of SLM initiatives: Data – Knowledge – Action


Workshop2: Right to [defend] Land, strengthening accountability at the local level through thematic reviews


Workshop3: Protecting land resources for shared Prosperity


With the adoption of the 17 SDGs in September 2015, the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) was appointed as the United Nations body for the review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. During the last, annual HLPF, a cyclical review system was consolidated, composed of two main mechanisms: (i) [global] thematic reviews and (ii) national voluntary reviews (NVRs). Thematic reviews were agreed under Resolution A/70/L.60, also approved during the last HLPF. It was agreed that the next three HLPF meetings would have specific themes, with a set of associated SDGs to be reviewed. Against this backdrop, the HLPF review process will benefit greatly if there is an opportunity for governments and stakeholders to review and synthesize information ahead of the HLPF. This would facilitate the processing of information and contribute to the thematic reviews. To maintain coherence with the official process, exercises of this type should to be conducted following important principles of the 2030 Agenda, demonstrating, in practice, how to pilot a thematic review.

Workshop 1

Sustaining and upscaling achievements of SLM initiatives:
Data – Knowledge – Action

This workshop builds on the partnerships with Ministries of Agriculture in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Kenya and other stakeholders, established under the BMZ Initiative “One World, No Hunger”. Healthy soils and equitable use of land play crucial roles for sustainable development; as land degradation neutrality is fundamental for better livelihoods, ending hunger, improving human health and well-being, and can contribute to gender empowerment among other goals. Thereof, this workshop is designed to identify synergies that can support our collective of partners in catalyzing SDG implementation at local and national levels. Particularly, we will define some key gaps and challenges in existing policies that hinder broad-based sustainable soil management, and potentially strategic intervention areas for targeted investments in soils.


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This workshop will take place in English and French

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Workshop 2

Right to (defend) Land: strengthening accountability at the local level through thematic reviews

Secure access to land and natural resources is crucial for the livelihoods of millions of people worldwide. Despite international agreements such as the 2030 Agenda and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, marginalized people struggle to enjoy their legitimate land tenure rights given competing pressures on resources and injustice, often resulting in violent silencing of activists. Protecting land rights defenders and strengthening local accountability mechanisms is not only key to people’s lives, but is also essential to achieving the SDGs. By addressing the “shrinking civic space”, this workshop will utilize the Thematic Reviews promoted by the 2030 Agenda to create a support function for accountability at national levels by elaborating guidelines for government-led multi-stakeholder reporting and empowering local actors.


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This workshop will only take place in English

Workshop 3

Protecting land resources for shared Prosperity

Soils and land are pivotal to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and achieve food security for all (SDG 1 and SDG 2). Yet, a multitude of actors and initiatives from different sectors rely on development scenarios that demand additional land. However, fertile soils are not only a finite and scarce resource, but also decreasingly available due to degradation.

In the workshop, we will first scrutinize the current and projected availability of land, the competing demands, and displaced land use. Three country cases will give insights relevant for both subsequently discussed solution approaches: Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). In the last part, we will jointly develop policy messages of the workshop and prepare the input for deliberation in the Thematic Review LAB.

Co-Hosts: TMG Think Tank for Sustainability, German Development Institute (DIE)


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This workshop will take place in English and French



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