Iceland‘s first national status report for the SDGs was published in June 2018 and provides insight into Iceland’s position vis-à-vis the targets in both the domestic and international arena. Iceland‘s first Voluntary National Review (VNR) report on Iceland is based to a considerable extent on that work.
The report places special emphasis on children - the generation which will take over after the period defined for the SDGs has concluded. On occasion of the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is appropriate to honour the Convention’s provision that children have the right to express their opinions, and to influence issues that concern them. In many parts of the world, including in Iceland, children and youth are gathering to insist on radical action against climate change. This solidarity is a strong indication of children’s concern for the situation created by past generations, and those in power have a duty to listen to what they have to say.
The report also attempts to give a clear picture of Iceland’s main challenges, with the aim of identifying marginalised groups and mapping out the next steps in implementation in order to leave no groups or individuals behind.