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High-level Political Forum 2014
30 Jun 2014 - 9 Jul 2014, New York
Monday, 30 June 2014
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM
Adoption of the provisional agenda of the HLPF

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM
Opening session

Mr. Peter Davies, Wales’ Commissioner for Sustainable Futures, Local Authorities Major Group

Mr. Usman Mushtaq, Youth Commission on Global Governance for Health, Children and Youth Major Group

Ms. Caroline Usikpedo Omoniye , Founder and current National President of the Niger Delta Women’s Movement for Peace & Development (NDWPD), Women Major Group

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Moderated Dialogue “From Rio+20 to post-2015: towards an integrated and universal sustainable development agenda”

• What does it mean to have sustainable development at the heart of the post-2015 agenda?
• What commitments and steps will countries be willing to undertake in order to translate sustainable development goals and targets into national policies?

Background papers
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Moderated Dialogue “Means of implementation for sustainable development”

• What are the best options for financing sustainable development and future SDGs and technology development in the context of the global partnership?
• What can trigger new partnerships and voluntary commitments, and what can make them successful in advancing economic, social and environmental progress?

Background papers
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
Moderated Dialogue “How could sustainable consumption and production contribute to SDGs?”

• How can more sustainable consumption and production patterns contribute to achieve the SDGs and implement the post-2015 development agenda?
• How could SCP help address the linkages between sectors such as transport, energy, sustainable agriculture and climate change?

Background papers
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Dialogue with the Chair of the Board of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production

“Sustainable consumption and production in action: The work of the Board of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns”

• What opportunities exist for improving the comprehensiveness of programmes under the 10YFP in support of national sustainable development transitions?

• What key policy measures within the current programme areas of the 10YFP have the greatest potential to provide early wins? Can they be replicated and brought to scale?

Background papers
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Morning meeting of the President of ECOSOC with representatives of major groups and other stakeholders

“Inclusive science: promoting the role of stakeholders in the science-policy interface”

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Presentation of a Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report

Moderated Dialogue

“How to improve the conversation between science and policy: scope and methodology of a global sustainable development report”

• What lessons can be learned from the key findings of the proposed Global Sustainable Development Report?

• What should be the scope and methodology of future editions of the Global Sustainable Development Report in order to strengthen the science-policy interface?

Background papers
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Moderated Dialogue “Ideas and trends that can shape the lives of present and future generations”

• What critical new trends and ideas will affect future generations? How should they be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda?

• What are the new trends and emerging challenges on sustainable development that the forum should address?

Background papers
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Moderated Dialogue “Island voices, global choices: promoting genuine and durable partnerships”

• How best to build the resilience of SIDS and meet their unique challenges in the post-2015 development agenda?

• How can we ensure effective implementation of the outcomes of the Samoa conference on SIDS including through genuine and durable partnerships?

Background papers
5:45 PM - 8:15 PM
Moderated Dialogue “ Countries in special situations: Building resilience”

• How best to address the needs of countries in special situations in the context of universal goals and a universal development agenda?

• Are we succeeding in building resilience in vulnerable countries and how can these gains be consolidated?

Background papers
Wednesday, 2 July 2014
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Morning meeting of the President of ECOSOC with representatives of major groups and other stakeholders

“Implementing Rio+20 and reviewing progress: spurring action and ensuring accountability”

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Presentation by The World Bank Group:

“Natural Capital Accounting for sustainable development”

10:15 AM - 1:00 PM
Moderated Dialogue “From silos to integrated policy making”

• How can traditional institutional arrangements be reorganized to be more flexible, adaptive and collaborative in order to promote integrated policy and decision making?

• What lessons have we learned from successful integrated policy making in areas such as climate change-energy or sustainable agriculture-water-food security?

Background papers
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Moderated Dialogue “Reviewing progress and implementation: making the most of the HLPF reviews after 2015 “

• How can the national and regional reviews of implementation under the HLPF be designed and conducted to help accelerate progress on the SDGs and sustainable development, building on the lessons learned from other review processes?

• How can accountability be made relevant to all countries and actors in the context of the post-2015 development agenda?

Background papers
Thursday, 3 July 2014
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Morning meeting of the President of ECOSOC with representatives of Governments, UN system, major groups and other stakeholders

“The future of the HLPF – agenda setting”

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Moderated Inter-regional Dialogue “Unlocking and reshaping development and enhancing implementation: the regional context”

• What are the key priorities that emerged from the regional consultations on post 2015 that can have a truly transformative effect in the respective regions? Which priority areas are not adequately addressed through the global process to develop sustainable development goals?

• How can inequalities between and within countries be addressed in the post-2015 development agenda including the SDGs? How can employment and inclusive growth be addressed?

Background papers
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Moderated Dialogue “Shaping the forum for post 2015”

• What kind of agenda setting should the forum have to promote integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions review and respond to new trends and challenges and strengthen policy science interface?

• How can we ensure ownership and implementation of the outcomes of the forum?

Background papers
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Wrap up session

Remarks by the President of ECOSOC: “Messages for the Ministerial Segment”

Monday, 7 July 2014
10:00 AM - 10:35 AM
Opening of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC and opening of the Ministerial Segment of High-level Political Forum

H.E. Mr. John Ashe, President of the General Assembly

Ms. Esther Agbarakwe, Co-Founder, Youth Climate Coalition, Nigeria

10:35 AM - 1:00 PM
High-level policy dialogue: “Macroeconomic policies in support of a post-2015 sustainable development agenda”

• What are the key features of a broad, coherent and integrated macro-economic policy framework to support global sustainable development through economic efficiency, social equality and environmental sustainability?

• How can we ensure economic and financial stability with macro-economic policies that foster robust and inclusive growth of output and employment?

• What are the greatest challenges faced by international financial, trade, development and environmental institutions in coordinating policies for supporting the formulation and implementation of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda?

Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, UNCTAD

Mr. Achim Steiner , Executive Director, UNEP

Mr. Guy Rider, Director General, ILO

Mr. Min Zhu, Deputy Managing Director, IMF

Mr. Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director-General, WTO

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
HLPF Ministerial Dialogue “ A universal integrated policy agenda to implement Rio+20 and realize the future we want”

• What are the ingredients of a universal, integrated and ambitious sustainable development agenda?

• What does the post-2015 development agenda mean for countries at different stages of development and for countries in special situations?

Background papers
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
General debate

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
HLPF Ministerial Dialogue “Weaving regional realities and regional priorities into the post-2015 development agenda”

• What are the commonalities and differences between the priorities of the various regions for the SDGs and the post 2015 development agenda and how can we ensure that they are appropriately addressed?

• How will the SDGs and the agenda impact on policies and trends in the respective regions?

Background papers
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM
Remarks by a keynote speaker

10:10 AM - 11:40 AM
HLPF Ministerial Dialogue “Long term measures to make poverty eradication irreversible and reduce inequalities”

• Which long term trends have the greatest impact on poverty and equality?

• What have been successful strategies to reconcile the imperatives of eradicating poverty, reducing inequality, strengthening resilience and preserving natural resources? How can policies ensure the sustainability of gains across generations?

Background papers
11:40 AM - 1:00 PM
HLPF Ministerial Dialogue “International cooperation for sustainable development”

• What new commitments are countries willing to undertake for cooperation to truly spur sustainable development progress? How do they plan to reach existing commitments?

• How can all countries harness new and transformative technologies to support sustainable development?

Background papers
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
General debate

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
HLPF Multi-stakeholder Dialogue “Multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments for sustainable development – ensuring accountability for all”

• How can we promote partnerships to achieve the post-2015 development agenda including the SDGs?

• How can we promote accountability in the context of multi-stakeholder partnerships?

Background papers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
HLPF Ministerial Dialogue “Preparing the high-level political forum for post 2015: Steering implementation of the development agenda and reviewing progress”

• What would be the best way for HLPF to review implementation and progress towards future sustainable development goals?

• How can the agenda and working methods of the forum allow promoting integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions?

Background papers
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
11:00 AM - 11:10 AM
Remarks by a keynote speaker (HLPF)

Mr. Li Pengde, Deputy Administrator, National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation of China

11:10 AM - 12:30 PM
HLPF Ministerial Dialogue “Charting pathways to the future we want”

• What is the cost of inaction on sustainable development?

• What does science tell us on the best policy choices to a sustainable future?

Background papers
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
General debate (if needed)

12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Closing of HLPF

• Adoption of the HLPF Ministerial Declaration

• Adoption of the report of HLPF to ECOSOC

• Closing remarks by the President of ECOSOC

The 2014 High-level Political Forum met under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) from Monday, 30 June, through Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Ministers, senior government officials, international organizations, major groups from civil society and scientists debated "Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the sustainable development goals".

It adopted a Ministerial Declaration

Summary (from E/HLPF/2014/2 - Report of the first meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development convened under the aus pices of the Economic and Social Council)

The high-level political forum on sustainable development convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council met when the sustainable development goals and the options for a financing strategy for sustainable development were being formulated. The outcomes of those two processes are expected to form central elements of the post-2015 development agenda soon to be negotiated. At the forum there was a great sense of opportunity and a strong commitment to arrive at an ambitious outcome that would be able to lift countries and people out of poverty and put the world on a sustainable development path.

An integrated approach to sustainable development is essential for the post-2015 development agenda. The agenda should be universal, transformative, inclusive and people centred. It should be built on the principles of human rights and on respect for the Earth and its ecosystems.

Climate change is threatening development and the fate of future generations. New cooperation models and partnerships are crucial. The global community needs to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and, later, the sustainable development goals through a revitalized global partnership for sustainable development, and enable all nations to develop sustainably.

The post-2015 development agenda must complete the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals. Poverty eradication is a precondition for sustainable development, and sustainable consumption and production is an essential requirement. Economic growth should be inclusive, sustainable and create decent employment, particularly for young people. Inequalities within countries between different segments of the population need to be reduced progressively.

The post-2015 development agenda must focus dedicated attention on and provide support to countries in special situations. A number of small island developing States and least developed countries have enjoyed social and economic progress as a result of effective policy interventions, measures to promote inclusive and gender-sensitive development, and good management of natural capital. Others can learn from their experience. Many of these countries are also highly vulnerable, however, to natural disasters, climate change and other shocks that are outside of their control.

Undertaking a new development agenda requires establishing common understanding and mutual trust. Rule of law, transparent and accountable institutions, access to justice, inclusion and empowerment are essential. Voluntary national reviews to be conducted by the high-level political forum after 2015 can be a valuable tool in supporting the progress of countries towards sustainable development goals. An effective mechanism to review implementation must engage all actors, including civil society, in a meaningful way, in order to strengthen legitimacy and effectiveness. Multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments should strengthen implementation by involving a range of relevant stakeholders.

The post-2015 development agenda must be underpinned by the strengthened framework constituted by the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the high-level political forum, under their respective auspices. It should leave policy space for national and subregional specificities. The high-level political forum will be crucial for promoting and reviewing the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda and the sustainable development goals. It must offer guidance on how to move from global commitments to national implementation and sustainable development results.

A strong interface between science and policy will be very important for the high-level political forum to establish itself as a forum from which relevant policy guidance on sustainable development emanates. The global sustainable development report could be an important tool in setting the agenda of the forum, identifying new challenges and reviewing progress on sustainable development.

Integration should be a high priority for United Nations operational activities in countries. Cooperation among United Nations entities is increasing, but more effort is needed to realize an organization that thinks, plans, programmes, monitors and evaluates as one. United Nations bodies need to have a consistent message for Governments that integrates the various dimensions of sustainable development and, as far as possible, a common reporting mechanism and set of indicators to measure progress on the sustainable development goals.

The international processes on the sustainable development goals, sustainable development financing and technology facilitation will ultimately need to converge in order to set an integrated and inclusive agenda for development beyond 2015. An ambitious global agreement in 2015 on climate change under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will also be critically important to the future of sustainable development.