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 2019; including the 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:
For more information on Thematic SDG Reviews, click here.
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 Agenda 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 platform for 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
Click here to access the Information Note for Participants (last update on 21 June).
Details on the registration of official delegations of member states, observers and intergovernmental organizations, as well as specialized agencies, related organizations, and UN system entities can be found in paragraph 6 of the Information Note.
Deadline for registration of official delegations of member states, observers and intergovernmental organizations, as well as specialized agencies and related organizations is Friday, 21 June 2019 for 9-15 July 2019 and on Friday, 28 June 2019 for 16-18 July 2019
Deadline for registration of delegations of UN system entities is Monday, 1 July 2019.
The deadline for registration of organizations in ECOSOC Consultative Status, organizations on the CSD Roster and organizations registering through one of the Major Groups and other Stakeholders’ umbrella organizations has passed.
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Effective 3 June 2019, United Nations Headquarters is implementing measures to eliminate single-use plastics to reduce the impact of plastic pollution. Event organizers are encouraged to bring reusable items in order to reduce waste. Please ensure that vendors providing catering services at United Nations Headquarters adhere to the requirements outlined in the Guidelines for Event Organizers at United Nations Headquarters on the Elimination of Single-use Plastics which can be accessed here
A series of VNR Labs will be convened on the margins of the 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of ECOSOC, to provide an informal platform for experience sharing and reflection on the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process. The Labs will be held under the Chatham House rule and will be open to Member States, the UN system and representatives of Major Groups and other Stakeholders.
Week 9 – 12 July
Week 15 – 19 July
Please click here to access our online platform which contains voluntary inputs from countries participating in the Voluntary National Reviews of the HLPF. The platform also features other voluntary governmental inputs, as well as inputs from ECOSOC functional commissions and other intergovernmental bodies and forums, inputs received from major groups and other stakeholders, as well contributions from multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments.
Side Events and Exhibitions will be organized on the margins of the 2019 HLPF under the auspices of ECOSOC and sponsored by Member States, the UN system and other intergovernmental organizations and accredited Major Groups and other Stakeholders.
These Side events and Exhibitions of the HLPF-held outside the official programme-provide great opportunities to discuss the theme and SDGs under review at the HLPF, deepen the discussion on voluntary national reviews (VNRs), identify emerging and new issues, listen to all voices, and help spread greater awareness of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in general at all levels.
The applications for the Side-Events and the Exhibitions is now closed. The HLPF Secretariat will review all submissions after the deadline and organizers will receive information about their side events by end of May 2019. Approved exhibits will be notified directly in mid-May.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a vision for people, planet, peace and prosperity to be achieved through partnership and solidarity. It is now in its fourth year of implementation. Over the past years, progress has been made with regard to a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their targets. A number of actions have been undertaken by Governments and other stakeholders to respond to the 2030 Agenda more broadly. However, progress has been slow on many SDGs and the most vulnerable people and countries continue to suffer the most. The global response needs to become more ambitious. The HLPF will take stock of where we are in terms of SDG progress and identify challenges and gaps in SDG achievement. Speakers will bring various perspectives on the follow up and review of implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. They will indicate what they see as priorities for the political leadership and point to urgent multi-stakeholder action needed to accelerate progress. The discussions of the HLPF under the auspices of ECOSOC will contribute to the preparations of the HLPF under the auspices of the General Assembly – the SDG Summit to be convened in September 2019.
The world has made encouraging progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in areas such as the reduction of extreme poverty, access to health and education services, and development of basic infrastructure. Yet we are off track for meeting many of the goals by 2030. Climate change threatens to undermine progress on all SDGs and impact all areas of the world, and its effects are disproportionately felt by the poorest and most vulnerable. Global hunger and forced displacement of people is on the rise. Inequality has risen within some of the world’s most populous countries. In many places, rapid economic growth has come at the cost of considerable environmental degradation. Biodiversity loss is accelerating, with one million species at risk of extinction. The implementation of the SDGs also takes place at a time of global uncertainty, where international cooperation, an essential component of an inter-connected world, is under fire.
The 2030 Agenda is universal, holistic and indivisible, with a core principle to leave no one behind. The achievement of SDG 4 – ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all – plays a central role in building sustainable, inclusive and resilient societies. While education is most explicitly formulated as a stand-alone goal (SDG4) in the 2030 Agenda, it also has close links with all the other SDGs and the 2030 Agenda as a whole. There are a number of education-related targets and indicators in other SDGs, including health and well-being (Target 3.7), gender equality (Target 5.6), decent work (Target 8.6), responsible consumption and growth (Target 12.8), and climate change mitigation (Target 13.3).
Given energy’s central enabling role in delivering on all the SDGs and on SDG 13 in particular, this high-level side event will look into ways to scale up climate action through accelerating clean energy transitions to simultaneously deliver on the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. It will build on the work of the SDG7 Technical Advisory Group and UN-Energy reflected in the 2019 edition of the SDG7 Policy Briefs, the 2019 Tracking SDG7 Energy Progress Report, the High-Level Dialogue on the implementation of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024: A Mid-Point Review, as well as the Climate Summit preparatory meeting in Abu Dhabi, and findings of the first Global Conference to strengthen synergies between the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement in April 2019 in the UN City in Copenhagen.
Organizers: Mission of Ethiopia to the UN, EU, IRENA, ESCWA, UNDESA
Produced by IISD
Thematic reviews of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, including cross-cutting issues and interlinkages, are an essential part of the annual session of the High-level Political Forum under the auspices of the ECOSOC.
As well as providing an update on where we stand in terms of progress on individual SDGs, thematic reviews offer critical insights into the implementation of the SDGs, while facilitating peer learning, exchange of experiences, identifying lessons learned as well as gaps.
These thematic reviews will benefit from reviews by the ECOSOC functional commissions and other intergovernmental bodies and forums.
In addition, DESA in collaboration with relevant UN-system entities and other partners will organize preparatory events such as Expert Group Meetings on the SDGs under review. The outcomes of these preparatory events will serve to inform the HLPF's deliberations.
HLPF 101 in English
FPAN 101 en español
FPHN 101 en français
Voluntary National Reviews 101 in English
Exámenes Voluntarios Nacionales 101 en español
Examens Nationaux Volontaires 101 en français
Inputs and Outcomes of the HLPF in English
Aportes y resultados del Foro Político de Alto Nivel en español
Contributions et Résultats du Forum Politique de Haut Niveau en français
Involucramiento y participación en el Foro Político de Alto Nivel en español
Engagement and Participation at the HLPF in English
Engagement et participation au Forum Politique de Haut Niveau en français
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.
The VNR countries are expected to submit comprehensive written reports that will be made available in the VNR database. In addition, each VNR country will also provide main messages summarizing their key findings. These main messages are also posted in the VNR database.
In 2019, the 47 countries (7 for the second time) below will be conducting voluntary national reviews at the HLPF. For more details, please click here.
If you are a representative of a Major Group and other Stakeholder who would like to find out more about engaging in the VNR sessions during the HLPF, please click here.