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The United Nations High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) met from 26 June to 8 July 2015. The theme of this third session -- the second under the auspices of ECOSOC – was “Strengthening integration, implementation and review – the HLPF after 2015”.

The forum met as the UN negotiations to elaborate the post-2015 development agenda are reaching their final stage. It advanced the discussion on the agenda’s implementation and review and reflected on how the HLPF could organize its work once it starts to review implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2016. A key message of the meeting was that we must urgently get started on the implementation of the ambitious and transformative development agenda world leaders will adopt at the September Summit. “Early starters” explained how they are preparing for the SDGs. Participants discussed integrated planning and the policy implications of “Leaving no one behind”. They also debated how communication can accelerate implementation, how to mobilize business and civil society, and how to put finance and technology at the service of sustainable development – an issue also addressed in the Addis Ababa conference on financing for development. On reviewing progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, the meeting concurred that reviews should be universal, voluntary, State-led, focus on exchanging experiences. It reaffirmed the central role of the HLPF, at the apex of a review architecture engaging regional organizations and many UN and other platforms. The HLPF is expected to conduct national reviews of implementation and thematic reviews of progress in specific areas starting from 2016.

Many ideas also emerged on how the HLPF could organize its work after 2016, and deliver on its mandates to review SDGs progress; promote implementation of the post-2015 development agenda and conferences on SIDS and other special situation countries; address new and emerging issues and strengthen the science policy interface.

The forum adopted the Ministerial Declaration. The highlights of the meeting will be reflected in a summary by the President of ECOSOC.

The below Interactive Programme provides details about programme, panelists and their short bios (click on the links to expand bios) , statements made during the sessions, recorded web-cast sessions, background notes and other relevant documentation.

Friday, 26 June 2015
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM
Adoption of the provisional agenda of the HLPF

10:10 AM - 10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 1:00 PM
“Shaping the world for 2030: From vision to transformative action”

Where do we stand in formulating an ambitious and transformative post-2015 development agenda? How can we resolve outstanding issues?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - 1st meeting (Engli...
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
“The role of business in implementation”

How will the business sector support the implementation of the SDGs through its activities and through partnerships?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - 2nd meeting (Engli...
Monday, 29 June 2015
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Morning meeting with representatives of social and natural sciences “How science can inform policy making”

Webcast
HLPF 2015 - Civil Society Brie...
Statements
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
“Supporting national action through HLPF outcomes”

What will be the most critical challenges for implementing the SDGs and how can the HLPF help countries address them?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - 3rd meeting (Engli...
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
“Keeping science involved in SDG implementation”

How can the HLPF most effectively engage with scientists in guiding its work? How can science contribute to the implementation and follow-up and review of the post-2015 agenda?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - 4th meeting (Engli...
Statements
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
“The Global Sustainable Development Report as a bridge between the SDGs and the scientific communities”

How can the Global Sustainable Development Report best support the HLPF in its function to guide the implementation of the post-2015 agenda? Should it focus on reviewing progress in specific areas or across the agenda? Should it help in identifying new issues?

Background papers
Statements
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Morning meeting with representatives of major groups and other stakeholders “Reinforcing major groups and other stakeholders’ participation”

Webcast
HLPF 2015 - Civil Society Brie...
Statements
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
“Changing approaches to policy making: the role of the SDGs”

Do we know how to integrate the SDGs into planning and policy making at all levels, balancing economic, social and environmental dimensions? How can we best learn from one another in this regard?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - 5th meeting (Engli...
Statements
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
“The SAMOA Pathway: translating vision into action”

Are we on track to implement the commitments we made at the Samoa Conference on Small Island Developing States and to mobilize the necessary means of implementation?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - 7th meeting (Origi...
HLPF 2015 - 7th meeting (Engli...
Statements
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
“Reaching out to the world”. Communicating the agenda

How can the post-2015 development agenda be best communicated so as to inspire and engage all actors and harness creativity and innovation?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - 8th meeting (Origi...
HLPF 2015 - 8th meeting (Engli...
Statements
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
“Reaching out to the world”. Training and learning for sustainable development

Are institutions in charge of training and education ready and equipped to gear their programmes towards supporting the SDGs?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - 8th meeting (Engli...
Statements
Thursday, 2 July 2015
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
“Sustainable consumption and production”

Is progress being made in implementing the 10 year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production and are we having an impact?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - 9th meeting (Engli...
Statements
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
“Investing in the future we want: what will it require?”

What must we do differently to mobilize and allocate resources so as to realize the SDGs? What does the shared vision to “leave no one behind” imply in terms of financing for the new development agenda?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - 9th meeting (Engli...
Statements
3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
“Tracking progress through existing mechanisms”

How can existing UN system platforms be best utilized to track progress on the implementation of the SDGs and how can the HLPF build on their work?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - 10th meeting (Orig...
HLPF 2015 - 10th meeting (Engl...
Statements
5:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Wrap-up session

Concluding remarks by the President of ECOSOC

Monday, 6 July 2015
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening plenary

Webcast
HLPF 2015 - Opening of high-le...
HLPF 2015 - Opening of high-le...
HLPF 2015 - Mr. Sam Kutesa (Op...
HLPF 2015 - Mr. Jan Eliasson (...
Statements
10:15 AM - 10:50 AM
Launch of the MDG report by the Secretary-General

Webcast
HLPF 2015 - Opening of high-le...
HLPF 2015 - Opening of high-le...
Statements
10:50 AM - 11:15 AM
Messages from the five-day segment of HLPF

Statements
11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
Morning session- HLPF “A transformative integrated agenda: how can governments, societies and the UN rise to the challenge?”

How to make institutions more responsive, societies more inclusive and UN fit to implement the post-2015 development agenda?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - 11th meeting (Orig...
HLPF 2015 - 11th meeting (Engl...
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Afternoon Session-HLPF “Thinking ahead: emerging issues that will matter in the future”

What are the major new trends decision-makers should pay attention to and what is science telling us about them?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - 12th meeting (Orig...
HLPF 2015 - 12th meeting (Engl...
Statements
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Morning Session - HLPF “Communicating and implementing a universal agenda at home”

How can countries translate the post-2015 development agenda into national policies while maintaining its ambitious and integrated nature? How can we communicate the agenda so that it mobilizes all stakeholders including civil society and the business sector?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - Morning session 7 ...
HLPF 2015 - Morning session 7 ...
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Morning Session – HLPF “Reviewing and monitoring progress: What have we learned and how can it advance implementation?”

How can the international community best review the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, building on what has been done thus far? How can the HLPF conduct its reviews of implementation so that they truly benefit countries and boost implementation?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - 15th meeting (Orig...
HLPF 2015 - 15th meeting (Engl...
Statements
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Continuation of the General Debate of the High-level week

Webcast
HLPF 2015 - Morning session 8 ...
HLPF 2015 - Morning session 8 ...
Statements
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Afternoon Session – HLPF “Realizing the SDGs: Matching ambitions with commensurate means of implementation - resources, technology and capacities”

What must we do differently to mobilize and allocate resources so as to realize the SDGs? What does the shared vision to “leave no one behind” imply in terms of financing for the new development agenda?

Background papers
Webcast
HLPF 2015 - 16th meeting (Orig...
HLPF 2015 - 16th meeting (Engl...
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Closing of the HLPF

Webcast
Closing of the HLPF - 2015
Statements
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