High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

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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.

"The 2030 Agenda is our roadmap and its goals and targets are tools to get there.", - Secretary-General António Guterres
HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM 2021 under the auspices of ECOSOC

The high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) is the core United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The meeting of the HLPF in 2021 will be held from Tuesday, 6 July, to Thursday, 15 July 2021, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. This includes the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 13 July, to Thursday, 15 July 2021 as part of the high-level segment of the Council.

The theme will be "Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development".

The HLPF in 2021 will discuss Sustainable Development Goals 1 on no poverty, 2 on zero hunger, 3 on good health and well-being, 8 on decent work and economic growth, 10 on reduced inequalities, 12 on responsible consumption and production, 13 on climate action, 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, and 17 on partnerships in depth. The Forum will also consider the integrated, indivisible and interlinked nature of the Sustainable Development Goals.

In the 2021 HLPF, participants will be able to explore various aspects of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the various measures and types of international cooperation that can control the pandemic and its impacts and put the world back on track to achieve the SDGs by 2030, within the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.

Countries will also carry out voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the 2021 HLPF. For more details, please click here.

The HLPF will adopt a Ministerial Declaration as the outcome of its session. The President of ECOSOC will also prepare a summary to capture the key messages of the discussions. For more details, please click here.

HLPF over the Years
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

    The programme of the HLPF 2021 will focus on the theme of the forum “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”. It will include the thematic reviews of Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16 and 17, and the voluntary national reviews (VNRs) to be conducted by Member States.

    More information is coming.

UNDESA will organize substantive preparations for the thematic reviews of the HLPF 2021 notably through expert group meetings organized together with relevant UN system partners.

Regional Forums for Sustainable Development will be convened by the Regional Commissions. The regional forums will assess progress and exchange knowledge, good practices and policy solutions to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, in line with regional priorities and specificities.

Forum Tentative dates, venue, format
Economic Commission for Africa
Regional Forum on Sustainable Development
1-4 March 2021, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo (hybrid)
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Regional Forum on Sustainable Development
15-18 March 2021,Costa Rica (virtual)
Economic Commission for Europe
Regional Forum on Sustainable Development
17-18 March, 2021, Geneva (hybrid)
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Regional Forum on Sustainable Development
23-26 March 2021, Bangkok (hybrid)
Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Regional Forum on Sustainable Development
29-31 March 2021, Beirut (hybrid)

Intergovernmental bodies of the UN system will provide contributions to the reviews of the HLPF.

More information is coming.

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Outcome

Ministerial Declaration

The HLPF 2021 under the auspices of ECOSOC shall result in a negotiated ministerial declaration for inclusion in the report of the Council to the General Assembly.

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Summary of the President of ECOSOC

The President of ECOSOC will also prepare a summary to capture the key messages of the discussions. The summary will be issued after the meeting.

Information is coming.

Documentation

Provisional agenda

HLPF 2021 will be informed by the following reports:

  • Progress towards the sustainable development goals: Report of the Secretary-General
  • Synthesis of voluntary submissions by functional commissions of the Economic and Social Council and other intergovernmental bodies and forums

Regional Reports

  • Report of the regional forums on sustainable development: Note by the Secretariat
  • Report of the regional forum on sustainable development: ECA
  • Report of the regional forum on sustainable development: ECE
  • Report of the regional forum on sustainable development: ECLAC
  • Report of the regional forum on sustainable development: ESCAP
  • Report of the regional forum on sustainable development: ESCWA

Voluntary National Reviews

  • Compilation of main messages for the 2020 voluntary national reviews

Major Groups and other Stakeholders

  • Discussion papers on the theme of the high-level political forum on sustainable development, submitted by major groups and other stakeholders

The forum will also be informed by other related reports from other intergovernmental processes, including:

  • Progress report on the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns
  • Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development: Report of the Secretary-General
  • Long-term impact of current trends in the economic, social and environmental areas on the realization of the sustainable development goals: Report of the Secretary-General
  • Report of the Economic and Social Council forum on financing for development follow-up

INPUTS

As mandated by the General Assembly, the functional commissions of ECOSOC and other intergovernmental bodies and forums are invited to provide inputs to the HLPF. Please click here to access the online platform which contains the inputs to the 2021 HLPF.

BACKGROUND NOTES

Background Notes for Thematic Sessions:

Background notes for the thematic reviews of the HLPF 2021 on Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16 and 17 will be prepared by the Secretariat in cooperation with relevant UN system partners.

Voluntary National Reviews

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 every year in July. 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.

For more details, please click here.

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VNR LABS

A series of VNR Labs will be convened on the margins of the 2021 HLPF, to provide an informal platform for experience sharing and reflection on the Voluntary National Review process. As always, 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. More information will be posted in May 2021.

Side Events and Exhibitions

Side Events and Exhibitions at the 2021 HLPF under the auspices of ECOSOC will be organized on the margins of the forum. These events will be sponsored by Member States, the UN system and other intergovernmental organizations and the Major Groups and other accredited Stakeholders.

These side events and exhibitions of the HLPF- held outside the official programme- will provide additional great opportunities to discuss the theme of the forum and the SDGs to be reviewed.

Special Events

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and its partner agencies and organisations will organize special virtual events on the margins of the HLPF.

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6 - 15 JULY 2021
location
New York

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