Themes of High-level Political Forum on sustainable development decided for next three years
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29 Jul 2016 - In the resolution titled “Follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the global level” (document A/70/L.60) adopted on Friday 29 July, the United Nations General Assembly decided the themes for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development for the next three years.

The Forum will focus on “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” in 2017; “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” in 2018; and “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” in 2019.

“The 2030 Agenda gives this Forum a clear mandate to be a central global platform for review and monitoring,” Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo said during this year’s High-level Political Forum. “Its review must be robust, voluntary, effective, participatory, transparent and integrated with other follow-up and review activities,” he said.

In its resolution, the General Assembly reiterated the integrated, indivisible and interlinked nature of the Sustainable Development Goals. It decided that the Forum would discuss a set of SDGs and their interlinkages at each session, with a view to facilitating an in-depth review of progress made on all the Goals over the course of a four-year cycle. Each annual group of SDGs would also represent the three dimensions of sustainable development. The sets of Goals to be reviewed in depth for the remainder of the current cycle will be Goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14 in 2017; Goals 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15 in 2018; and Goals 4, 8, 10, 13 and 16 in 2019 with SDG 17 to be discussed each year.