Advancing SDGs through sharing of experiences and mutual learning
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  • By UNDESA/DSD on 29 Jul 2016
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29 Jul 2016 - The 2016 High-level Political Forum on sustainable development closed on 20 July with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration. As the meeting ended, the ECOSOC President and chair of the 2016 Forum, Ambassador Oh Joon, outlined some of the key messages that had emanated from discussions during the Forum.

“The SDGs must be implemented in their entirety”, he said, adding that transformative leadership would be required to achieve this. He noted that the need to reach out to the most vulnerable in order to leave no one behind was another central message from the Forum, as was the importance of involving all citizens and stakeholders in the realization of the agenda.

“We must make globalization work for everyone”, the President said, summing up a further crucial point. He noted that better data and information had been highlighted as critical for the achievement for the SDGs, as had the mobilization of resources at the national and international levels. Inclusiveness and the need for coherence and integration across governments were further important points made during the discussions on implementing the SDGs on the national level.

The three day Ministerial segment of the Forum had as central feature voluntary national reviews by 22 countries on the steps they are taking towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the SDGs. The pioneering role of these countries was recognized by all, said Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo. “The lessons you have offered, the actions you have showcased, and the gaps you have identified, they are what this Forum is about. Advancing the SDGs through sharing of experiences, and mutual learning” said Mr. Wu in his closing statement. The reports of the 22 countries are available on the HLPF webpage.

The launch of the first SDGs Progress Report and the presentation of the 2016 Global Sustainable Development Report were further highlights of the meeting. More than 1500 Major Group and other Stakeholder representatives participated in the eight-day Forum, and a ‘Partnership Exchange’ event and SDG Business Forum were held, engaging non-state actors essential for implementing the SDGs. SDGs Learning, Training and Practice sessions were further elements of this year’s HLPF, providing capacity building, networking and experience-sharing opportunities on crucial topics related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. A Scream from Nature exhibition and performance was also featured on the side line of the HLPF, to raise awareness of the relationship between humans and nature.