HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM 2019 under the auspices of ECOSOC
The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2019 convened under the auspices
of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Tuesday, 9 July, to Thursday, 18 July
three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 16 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019.
The theme will be "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality". The set of goals to
be reviewed in depth is the following:
- Goal 4. Ensure
inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
- Goal 8. Promote
sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
- Goal 10.
Reduce inequality within and among countries
- Goal 13. Take
urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
- Goal 16. Promote peaceful and
inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective,
accountable and inclusive
institutions at all levels
- Goal 17.
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
For more information on Thematic SDG Reviews, click
In accordance with paragraph 84. of the 2030
Agenda, Member States have decided that the HLPF shall carry out regular voluntary reviews of the 2030
which will include developed and developing countries as well as relevant UN entities and other stakeholders.
The reviews are state-led, involving ministerial and other relevant high-level participants, and provide a
partnerships, including through the participation of major
groups and other relevant stakeholders.
In 2019, 47 countries (7 for the second time) have volunteered to present their national voluntary reviews
to the HLPF. For more details, please click here.
General Assembly resolution A/RES/70/299 decided to review the format and organizational aspects of the high-level political forum at its seventy-fourth session, in order to benefit from lessons learned in the first cycle of the forum as well as from other processes under the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council related to the follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this context, an Expert Group Meeting was held from 6 to 7 May 2019 in UNHQ in New York with the aim to bring Member States, the UN system, experts, academia and other stakeholders together to prepare the discussions of the 74th session. The Summary of the meeting can be found here.
The conclusion of the first cycle of the HLPF represents a critical opportunity to take stock of how the HLPF has delivered on its functions to promote and support the implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda and to reflect on opportunities to strengthen the HLPF in the future. To assist in taking stock of the first cycle of the HLPF, UN DESA invited HLPF participants to complete a short survey which was available in all six UN languages from 1 through 12 July 2019. Preliminary results of the survey were presented during the HLPF session entitled “Lessons learned from the first cycle of HLPF and Messages for 2019 HLPF Summit: What should Heads of State and Government know and how can we improve the HLPF?” on 18 July. Please find the full survey results here