United States Design Report 2019–2021 – For Public Comment
In 2020, the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) published the design report for the United States’ fourth action plan. The report covers the action plan development process and the design of commitments.
The IRM researcher in the United States, Jason I. McMann, summarizes the findings below:
“The United States’ fourth national action plan contains commitments of broad interest to the American public. However, almost half of the commitments are recycled from pre-existing, ongoing government programs and, as written, do not signal significant changes in government practice. The U.S. should reengage and deepen trust with stakeholders by designing and implementing a clear, well-publicized, and well-documented co- creation process where civil society has greater buy-in. Future commitments should respond to national priorities with significant, measurable, and specific milestones.”
The public comment period closed January 25, 2021.