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High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2017

The High-level Political Forum, United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies.
calendar
10 - 19 July 2017
location
New York

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Theme: Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world
High-Level Political Forum 2017
The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2017 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Monday, 10 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2017; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 17 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2017.

The theme will be "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world". The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following, including Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, that will be considered each year:

  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
HLPF TIMELINE
2019 
Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality
2018 
Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies
2016 
Ensuring that no one is left behind
2015 
Strengthening integration, implementation and review - the HLPF after 2015
2014 
Achieving the MDGs and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the SDGs
2013 
Building the future we want: from Rio+20 to the post-2015 development agenda

Registration

Participation

Governmental and non-governmental representatives planning to participate in the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) must be accredited to the United Nations in order to register for this meeting.

The following participants may attend or be represented: States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies, inter-governmental organizations, United Nations system, major groups and other stakeholders, and media.

States

Government officials, through their Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York, should notify the UN Protocol and Liaison Service of their participation at the meeting. A letter signed by the head of chancery or an authorizing official with an official seal should be addressed to:

Mr. Peter Van Laere
Chief of Protocol
UN Protocol and Liaison Service
Att. Ms. Wai Tak Chua
Room S-0201
United Nations
New York, NY 10017
Fax + 1 (212) 963 1921
Email: unprotocol[at]un.org

A copy should also be sent to:

Ms. Emer Herity
Secretary of the Economic and Social Council
ECOSOC Affairs Branch, General Assembly and ECOSOC Affairs Division
Department for General Assembly and Conference Management
Att. Mr. Mahmoud Ablan
Email: ablanm[at]un.org
Fax + 1 (212) 963 5935

To obtain UN grounds pass, Permanent Missions in New York may submit their requests via the online accreditation system "eAccreditation" available through the eDelegate Portal at https://delegate.un.int. Information regarding the system can be found at http://www.un.int/protocol/

Inter-Governmental Organisations (IGOs)

IGOs interested in participating as observers in the forum are required to be accredited to the United Nations and register accordingly.

(A) United Nations accredited IGOs with an office in New York may follow the same procedure for Member States via the online accreditation system "eAccreditation" at https://delegate.un.int. They should also notify the UN Protocol and Liaison Service of their participation at the meeting. A letter signed by the head of the organization with an official stamp should be sent to the addresses mentioned above.

(B) United Nations accredited IGOs without an office in New York and already registered with the online accreditation system “eAccreditation” may follow the same procedure specified in (A) above.

(C) United Nations accredited IGOs without an office in New York and not registered with the “eAccreditation” system should follow the procedure below:

  • Submit a letter to the Chief of Protocol, stamped and signed by the head of the organization, with the names and functional titles of the delegation attending the meeting. In addition, the letter must include a name and an email address of the focal point of the organization handling the request.
  • Attach an SG.6 form for each member of the delegation (stamped and signed); (the SG.6 form can be found at http://www.un.int/protocol, under "Registration Process -> "Forms").
  • Send both letter and SG.6 form(s) to the Protocol and Liaison Service by fax to 1-212-963-1921 or by email to unprotocol[at]un.org.

The focal point will be notified of the accreditation approval(s) via email. The email is the actual approval notification, a hard copy of which must be presented together with a valid passport or government photo ID to the United Nations Pass and ID Unit for the issuance of a UN grounds pass. The focal point must ensure that copies of the approval notifications be given to the participants before leaving for New York.

A copy should also be sent to:

Ms. Emer Herity
Secretary of the Economic and Social Council
ECOSOC Affairs Branch, GAEAD/DGACM
Att: Mr. Mahmoud Ablan
Email: ablanm[at]un.org
Fax + 1 (212) 963 5935

United Nations system

Specialised agencies and related organizations: The registration of the representative of the specialised agencies and related organizations of the UN system (ILO, FAO, UNESCO, ICAO, WHO, World Bank, IMF, UPU, ITU, WMO, IMO, WIPO, IFAD, UNIDO, UNWTO, IAEA, WTO, CTBTO, ICC, IOM, ISA, ITLOS, OPCW) follows the same procedures as for States and IGOs.

United Nations funds, programmes and other entities (UNAIDS, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNEP, UNFCCC, UNFPA, UN-HABITAT, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNISDR, UNITAR, UNODC, UNOPS, UNRWA, UNU, UN-WOMEN, WFP, ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA, CBD, UNCCD):

Registration to the forum will require a formal letter signed by entity’s Principal or designated official listing the member(s) of the delegation to be sent to:

Division for Sustainable Development/UNDESA
Ms. Federica Pietracci
Email: pietracci[at]un.org

A copy should also be sent to:

Ms. Emer Herity
Secretary of the Economic and Social Council
ECOSOC Affairs Branch, GAEAD/DGACM
Att: Mr. Mahmoud Ablan
Email: ablanm[at]un.org
Fax + 1 (212) 963 5935

Major Groups and other stakeholders

The participation of non-State actors from major groups and other stakeholders is outlined in General Assembly resolution 67/290, and based on the major groups structure articulated in Agenda 21 and the practices of the Commission on Sustainable Development. The registration of representatives from non-governmental organizations must be completed using the CSO Net online events registration system. Registrations are now open through 11 June 2017. Click here to register.

Accreditation requirements:

Representatives from major groups and other stakeholders interested in participating in the HLPF must be affiliated with properly accredited non-governmental organizations, in accordance with ECOSOC resolution 1996/31 governing the consultative relationship between the United Nations and non-governmental organizations. Those NGOs having consultative status with ECOSOC and those on the CSD Roster are eligible to register their representatives online.

Organizations in ECOSOC Consultative Status

In addition to registering through the above registration link, organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC must request grounds passes to attend the HLPF. These passes should be requested as soon as possible, and no later than 28 June 2017. Organizations that are in consultative status with ECOSOC can request up to 9 temporary grounds passes at a time, in addition to 7 annual grounds passes. These passes need to be requested through the Integrated Civil Society Organizations System (iCSO). More information on how to request grounds passes can be found on the website: http://csonet.org/?menu=86

Organizations on the CSD Roster

Organizations on the CSD Roster must use the above registration link to request temporary grounds passes for the HLPF. CSD Roster organizations can request up to 5 temporary grounds passes. Once the registration is approved, a confirmation email will be sent with further instructions on how to download a confirmation letter from the CSO Net registration system. Information on how to obtain temporary grounds passes for organizations on CSD Roster will be sent to approved participants after registration is closed.

Travel, Visa and Subsistence

All participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel and subsistence and for making their own travel arrangements. You will also need to make your own U. S. visa and transit visa arrangements, if applicable.

Coordination with Major Groups and other Stakeholders Organizing Partners and Focal Points

The registration of all representatives from major groups and other stakeholders should be coordinated through accredited NGOs. For help with identifying suitable and accredited partner organizations, inquiries should be directed to the designated focal point for each MGoS constituency.

For more information, contact:

Ms. Nan Jiang
Outreach and Communications Branch
Division for Sustainable Development/DESA
Email: jiang2n[at]un.org

Media accreditation and services

Media accreditation is strictly reserved for members of the press: print, photo, radio, television, film, news agencies, and online media who represent a bona fide media organization (full guidelines are available at http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/request.shtml).

Journalists who wish to apply for media accreditation are required to complete an online form, which is available at http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/accreditation.shtml. All members of the media submitting a registration form will be required to upload a letter of assignment from their Bureau Chief or Editor-in-Chief addressed to the Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit. Two pieces of identification bearing a photograph, including a passport, are also required. Samples of work may be requested.

Approved media members will receive an email confirmation with instructions for picking up their UN grounds pass. All media representatives will be required to wear their United Nations grounds pass at all times.

Details regarding media access to the United Nations Secretariat, liaison services for coverage of open meetings, press conferences and briefings are available at http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/guidelines.shtml

VOLUNTARY NATIONAL REVIEWS
Voluntary National Reviews
Searchable VNR database
Latest VNR main messages
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As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages member states to “conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels, which are country-led and country-driven” (paragraph 79). These national reviews are expected to serve as a basis for the regular reviews by the high-level political forum (HLPF), meeting under the auspices of ECOSOC. As stipulated in paragraph 84 of the 2030 Agenda, regular reviews by the HLPF are to be voluntary, state-led, undertaken by both developed and developing countries, and shall provide a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders.

The voluntary national reviews (VNRs) aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Draft Official Programme (PDF Printer Friendly Version)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Side Events

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9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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ECOSOC President / main messages from first week; PGA; SG; keynote
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Trusteeship Council, UNHQ
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Introduction of CDP report

General debate

Side Events
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Conference Room 1, UNHQ
Special event
The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the United Nations’ central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will be convened on 10-19 July 2017, with a theme: “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world".
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Trusteeship Council, UNHQ
Official meeting

Side Events
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Conference Room 1, UNHQ
Special event
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Trusteeship Council, UNHQ
Official meeting
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
Conclusion of the HLPF

Side Events

Calendar of Events

The Secretariat is inviting all relevant stakeholders to share information about relevant HLPF 2017 related meetings and events for inclusion in this section.

Please send your suggested event, including title, venue, date & time, short description, and website link (if available) through the Secretariat Contact form: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/contact.


Regional Preparatory meetings
29 - 31 Mar 2017
Bangkok, Thailand
United Nations
25 Apr 2017
Geneva, Switzerland
United Nations
The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UNECE region. Focusing on practical value-added and peer learning, it creates a regional space to share policy solutions, best practices and challenges in SDG implementation and helps identify major regional and subregional trends.
16 - 19 May 2017
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
United Nations
Background

The 2017 Africa Regional Forum on sustainable development in preparation for the 2017 High-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) will convene at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 17 to 19 May 2017, under the theme: Ensuring inclusive and sustainable growth and prosperity for all. This theme is well aligned with that of the 2017 HLPF, which is Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world. The theme of the regional Forum is premised on a number of considerations and trends with respect to poverty eradication. For example, that the economic growth in Africa has been inadequate to eradicate poverty is well documented. Additionally, the growth generated has largely been unequal. Seven out of the 10 most unequal countries in the world are in Africa. Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in Africa therefore hinges on fostering inclusive and sustainable growth in region. Achieving gender quality and women empowerment is a critical dimension of inclusion in the region. To restructure their economies and achieve sustained growth, African countries have identified agriculture, resilient infrastructure, industry, innovation, and sustainable management of marine resources as some of the priority areas for domestic and foreign investments.
Other Related Events
1 - 3 Mar 2017
Bonn, Germany
United Nations
25 - 26 Mar 2017
Bogota, Colombia
Expert Group Meeting
DESA Division for Sustainable Development will organize an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on 25 and 26 March 2017 in Bogota, Colombia to provide an opportunity for MGoS, along with invited experts and member states, to discuss how to ensure their effective participation and contribution the process of voluntary national reviews at the national level.
27 - 28 Mar 2017
Bogota, Colombia
Special event

Partners for Review intends to build a network of stakeholders from government, civil society, academia and the private sector involved in national review processes and to enable demand-oriented learning on new and emerging challenges of SDG review, follow-up and implementation on the road to 2030.


27 Apr 2017
Botswana
Workshop
The objectives of the workshop are: i) to build the capacity of national major groups and other stakeholders that engage in Botswana’s follow-up and review processes of the 2030 Agenda including the 2017 HLPF and VNR session; ii) to develop a strategy for enhancing a coordinated stakeholder approach to assess progress on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs from a wide range of stakeholders. It is expected the workshop would:

(a) Review initial actions by a wide range of national and local stakeholders on the SDGs, and how these could be included in the HPLF and VNRs;
(b) Provide space for national major groups and other stakeholders and government officials to come together, discuss and generate recommendations for meaningful and sustainable engagement in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and preparation of the 2017 VNRs;
(c) Share lessons from other countries that have participated in VNRs to inform Botswana’s participation
11 - 12 May 2017
UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark
Special event
Join us for a two-day preparatory conference to take a look at the progress made on SDG 1, which calls for ending extreme poverty by 2030. The outcomes from this conference will be used as inputs in preparation for the 2017 UN High Level Political Forum to be held in July.
22 - 24 May 2017
Scandic Hotel, Berlin, Germany
Major Groups
The GSW 2017 aims to contribute to the HLPF Theme “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”. It will do so by looking at the subset of SDGs that are under review by the HLPF 2017 through the perspective of land and soils, thereby providing an integrating perspective across the SDGs. The GSW 2017 also aims to serve as bridge to empower different actors to share their priorities on the SDG implementation.
Inputs to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Please click here to access our online review platform. It is dedicated to compile voluntary inputs from countries participating in the national voluntary reviews of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, as well other voluntary governmental inputs, inputs from ECOSOC functional commissions and other intergovernmental bodies and forums, inputs from major groups and other stakeholders, as well contributions from multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments.

Background Notes
Documentation
Outcome Documents
Reports
Programme
Summaries
Letters
Other documents
SDGs Learning
Blog

The theme of the 2017 High-level Political Forum on sustainable development will be “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”, which is also a central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the lead-up to the 2017 HLPF, weekly blogs by representatives of Member States, UN system, and major groups and other stakeholders will be featured in this series to present various perspectives on this theme. The role of SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 14, and 17 will also be highlighted, as these goals will be in focus at the 2017 HLPF discussions.

End poverty in all its forms everywhere
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

His Excellency Amb. Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava
Week 1
His Excellency Amb. Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, President of the Economic and Social Council

Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world
Week 2
Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)

The High-level Political Forum's Key Tasks in 2017
Ms. Matilda Branson
Week 3
Ms. Matilda Branson, Policy Officer at Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage

Until we end child marriage, we can never fully achieve the SDGs
Mr. Barry Johnston
Week 4
Mr. Barry Johnston, Associate Director of Advocacy, Malala Fund

Gender equality is at the heart of fair and prosperous societies
Mark Malloch-Brown
Week 5
Mark Malloch-Brown, Chair of the Business & Sustainable Development Commission

Turbocharging Development Through Business
Houlin Zhao
Week 6
Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General

How ICTs can fast forward progress on the SDGs
Luckystar Miyandazi
Week 7
Luckystar Miyandazi, Policy Officer, Africa's Change Dynamics Programme, European Centre for Development

Sealing the Leak: Addressing Financing around the 2030 Agenda
Dr. Vaughan Turekian
Week 8
Dr. Vaughan Turekian, Co-Chair of the STI Forum and Science Technology Adviser to the Secretary, U.S. Department of State

A Meeting of Minds: Scientists, Technologists, and Innovators Catalyze Sustainable Development
Ms. Shahrashoub Razavi
Week 9
Ms. Shahrashoub Razavi, Chief, Research and Data Section, UN Women

Keeping the promise: Key elements for the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda
Li Yong
Week 10
Li Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity: the role of industrialization
Dr. Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah
Week 11
Dr. Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, Secretary-General, CIVICUS

Promoting prosperity means starting with the basics
H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau
Week 12
H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Co-Chair of the STI Forum and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations

Harnessing the Power of Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development in a Changing World