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Taking Action and Checking Progress

Developing, implementing and reviewing a National Action Plan takes place over a two-year cycle. This means we will be implementing our last plan while a new plan is developed during the last six months of the cycle.

During the implementation of a plan, we complete two self-assessment reports. The first after the first year of implementation and reflects on the drafting process and early deliverables, while the second comes at the end of the two-year cycle and focuses on the final outcomes of the commitments.

A further two reports are completed through the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) during the two-year cycle. The first is a mid-term progress report approximately 18 months into the two-year cycle. It includes an analysis of the action plan, the action plan drafting process, and progress in implementing commitments at the midpoint of the two-year cycle. A key objective of this report is to recommend areas for improvement before countries publish their next action plan.

A second end-of-term report focusses on the final results achieved in the second year of implementing the plan.