High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2017

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
calendar
9 - 18 JULY 2019
location
New York

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Theme: Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality
SDG Summit SDG SUMMIT, 24 – 25 SEPTEMBER 2019
PROGRAMME
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 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:

  • 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 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, we kindly invite you to complete this short survey which is available in all six UN languages, by 12 July 2019: https://forms.gle/kzizhLbxe7WnR41C7 It requires approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Survey on the HLPF: Evaluation after 4 years: [Arabic] [Chinese] [English] [French] [Spanish] [Russian]

The results of this survey will be 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 Thursday, 18 July from 4:00-5:30 PM in Conference Room 4. The results will also help Member States in reviewing the format and modalities of the HLPF during the 74th session of the General Assembly.

HLPF in Numbers
Infographic with the number of countries Infographic with presenting VNRs per region
HLPF TIMELINE
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

LOGISTICAL INFORMATION

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.

Important Deadlines:

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.

HELP MAKE THE HLPF 2019 CARBON-NEUTRAL!

Did you know that…

  • … that 98% of carbon emissions at HLPF 2019 will be from air travel.
  • … that over 3.5 million kilograms of carbon will be emitted at HLPF 2019 from air travel alone. This is equivalent to 13,805,650 kilometers driven by an average passenger vehicle or the consumption of 8,103 barrels of oil.
  • … that each HLPF participant will emit on average 1,246 kilograms of carbon from air travel alone?
  • … if each participant flying in at HLPF 2019 would donate $5 to a certified carbon-offsetting project, we could make all air travel to the HLPF carbon-neutral.

Make your participation in the HLPF carbon-neutral!! Select the project you want to support by visiting https://offset.climateneutralnow.org/

SUSTAINABILITY

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

DECISIONS
REPORTS
LETTERS
STATEMENTS

VNR LABS

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.

CONCEPT NOTES OF INDIVIDUAL VNR LABS

Week 9 – 12 July

Week 15 – 19 July

INPUTS

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.

Letter of the President of ECOSOC to intergovernmental bodies and forums for inputs to HLPF 2019

Group of Friends of SDG 10: Summary of Discussions

other events

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.

Special Events During HLPF
 HIGHER
          EDUCATION SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE (HESI) EVENT SDGS IN ACTION FILM FESTIVAL
Launch: The State of Food and Nutrition in the World, 2019 SDG LEARNING, TRAINING AND PRACTICE CAPACITY-BUILDING WORKSHOPS
PHILANTHROPY & SDGS CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICERS AND SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPIONS EVENT
Local Action for Global Commitments Democracy & the SDGs
Please click here for more information on the Special Events during HLPF

Draft programme for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the High-level Segment of ECOSOC 2019

Annotated Programme for HLPF and High-level Segment of ECOSOC 2019 (with speakers)

Daily Programme for Tuesday, 9 July

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
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.
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
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.
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
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). 
Special Events
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 5, UNHQ
SDGs Learning, Training and Practice
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 5, UNHQ
SDGs Learning, Training and Practice
Organizers:

- International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
- UNITAR
- UNESCO
- ILO
- Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN
Side Events
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Conference Room 11
Side Event

Daily Programme for Wednesday, 10 July

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
The General Assembly has asked that the HLPF devote adequate time at its future meetings to continue to address the sustainable development challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS). In 2019, the SIDS session of HLPF will examine social development in SIDS, which is losing momentum in terms of efforts to improve human and social development with gender equality.
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
This thematic review session will evaluate progress and challenges in empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality in the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs). Those remain among the most vulnerable countries in the world and include some of the world’s most vulnerable populations at risk of being left behind.
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
SDG 8 promotes “sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. It reaffirms the mutually supportive relationship between economic and social policies, full employment and decent work. Progress has generally been slow on the twelve interconnected SDG8 targets.
Special Events
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Trusteeship Council Chamber
Special event
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 5, UNHQ
SDGs Learning, Training and Practice
Organizers
• International -Association of Universities
• United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime / Education for Justice initiative
• International Council for Adult Education (ICAE)
• University of Rey Juan Carlos
• Association of Commonwealth Universities
• Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie
• University Carlos III de Madrid
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 5, UNHQ
SDGs Learning, Training and Practice
Organizers
• Danish Mission to the United Nations
• Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
• Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)
• Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI)
• Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development (IPMG)
• European Network of Equality Bodies (Equinet)
• International Center for Non-Profit Law (ICNL)
• Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)
Side Events

Daily Programme for Thursday, 11 July

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) are crucial to the successful implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda. In preparation for the 2019 HLPF, MGoS contributed to review processes at all levels, including at the regional forums and through national review mechanisms. In line with paragraph 89 of the 2030 Agenda and paragraphs 14 and 15 of General Assembly Resolution 67/290, this session offers MGoS an opportunity to report on their contribution to the implementation of the Agenda and SDGs and speak to the theme of the HLPF. The session is organised in collaboration with the HLPF Coordination Mechanism of MGoS and will focus on the recommendations of MGoS around the implementation, follow-up, and review of the 2030 Agenda, with particular emphasis on addressing the systemic barriers to achieve sustainable development and strengthening the follow-up and review process to best contribute to “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
The 2030 Agenda cites science, technology and innovation as key means of implementing the SDGs—as sources of knowledge about the world as it is, to inform effective policy making, and as tools to transform the world into what it must be for the wellbeing of future generations. In this session, the co-chairs of the Independent Group of Scientists will present key findings and the Call to Action contained in the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). Additional panelists will share their own experiences in working to strengthen the science-policy interface at all levels. They will address both sides of the equation—as a leader of a global scientific organization and as a municipal-level policy maker. The session is expected to be highly interactive, particularly because Member States and Major Groups and Other Stakeholders have had the opportunity to review and comment on an earlier draft of the GSDR.
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
Inequality reduction is a priority throughout the 2030 Agenda. SDG 10 is to “reduce inequality within and among countries”. Its 10 targets capture multiple drivers of inequality to ensure that no group or individual is left behind. Four targets address within-country inequality across social, economic and political dimensions aiming to expand prosperity, inclusion, and social protection. Three targets aim to reduce inequality among countries with attention to cross-border flows of finance and people and the distribution of voice in global institutions. Three other targets focus on the means of implementation and put forward concrete steps for attaining greater equality by directing resource flows toward those most in need. 60 targets across the other 16 SDGs are directly linked to reducing inequality. Equal or universal access for all to resources, services and opportunities is a recurring theme across the SDGs.
Special Events
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Conference Room 1, UNHQ
Special event
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 5, UNHQ
SDGs Learning, Training and Practice
Organizers
• Amnesty International
• Action For Sustainable Development
• CBM International
• CIVICUS
• Gallaudet University
• International Civil Society Centre
• Institute for Development Studies
• International Movement ATD Fourth World
• Oxford University
• Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 5, UNHQ
SDGs Learning, Training and Practice
Organizers
• International Federation of Social Workers
• International Science Council (ISC/ICSU)
• Harvard University
Side Events
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, Auditorium
Side Event
SDG 6 on clean water and sanitation provides a unique opportunity to accelerate progress on the 2030 Agenda due to the central role of water in advancing human rights, reducing poverty and inequality and enabling peace, justice and sustainability in all its dimensions. The crosscutting importance of water and sanitation in achieving the SDGs is recognized in the UN-Water SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 and further explored in three regional policy papers in 2019 (Africa, Arab Region, Latin America and the Caribbean). Identifying and understanding the interlinkages between SDG 6 and other SDGs is critical for increasing policy coherence and effectiveness at regional and national scales, and for facilitating integrated implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

This side event will focus on the critical role of water in the realization of the SDGs under review at the HLPF 2019.

Daily Programme for Friday, 12 July

Daily Side Events Programme for Friday, 12 July

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
Climate change is rapidly unfolding, the world is already experiencing changes in average temperature, shifts in the seasons and an increasing frequency of extreme weather events and other climate change impacts, affecting lives and livelihoods in all regions.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
The 2030 Agenda launched a UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), which comprises a United Nations Interagency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (IATT), a collaborative Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum), and an online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs. The TFM now facilitates multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships through the sharing of information, experiences, best practices and policy advice among Member States, civil society, the private sector, the scientific community, UN entities and other stakeholders.
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
SDG 16 aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. The 2030 Agenda recognizes the need to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies that provide equal access to justice and that are based on respect for human rights, on effective rule of law and good governance at all levels and on transparent, effective and accountable institutions. SDG 16 is identified as a Goal that is both an outcome and enabler of sustainable development. It is closely interlinked with other SDGs. Without peace, justice and inclusion, achieving goals such as ending poverty, ensuring education promote economic growth can be difficult or impossible. At the same time, various SDGs can help or hinder the achievement of SDG 16, for instance climate change can act as a threat multiplier, aggravating additional social, environmental and political stressors, conditions that could possibly lead to violence.
Special Events
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 5, UNHQ
SDGs Learning, Training and Practice
Organizers
• UN Peace Messenger Organization Pathways To Peace
• Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL)
• Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Scilla Elworthy’s initiative, Business Plan for Peace
• Heart Ambassadors
• The HeartMath Research Institute
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 5, UNHQ
SDGs Learning, Training and Practice
Organizers
• OECD
• Global Network of Civil Society Organization Disaster Reduction
• Millennium Institute
• UNITAR
Side Events
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Venue: S1522/S1523
Side Event
Promoting the adoption of clean and sustainable energy in homes and healthcare facilities is critical for reducing health and social inequity in sub-Saharan Africa. Often the same people exposed to dangerous levels of household air pollution and safety risks due to the lack of clean energy for cooking and space heating, cannot access basic health services due to a lack of sustainable electricity in their local health facilities. Inequities are even stronger for women and children. A visual mapping of data on the health and social impacts from the lack of access to clean and sustainable energy in some African countries will be used to launch an interactive discussion on how the health and energy sectors can synergize efforts under a new platform of action on energy and health, building on key messages delivered by working groups at the European Development Days.
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Conference Room F
Side Event
The meeting will provide a platform for LLDCs, transit countries, development partners, private
sector, regional and international organizations to exchange experiences and ways to enhance
partnerships for accelerating sustainable energy development in particular renewable energy in
LLDCs and building resilience to climate change. The meeting will showcase good practices and
lessons learned on the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships in strengthening the capacities of
LLDCs to accelerated sustainable energy development and resilience building.
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
S1522/S1523
Side Event
A key message from IPCC 1.5 C special report is that leveraging synergies and avoiding trade-offs between climate-action and development priorities can help limit global warming to safe levels. There nonetheless remains questions on how policymakers can incorporate science-based research on climate and development linkages into policies and practices. Doing so will require not only strengthening the bonds climate change and the SDGs but also enhancing dialogue between scientists and policymakers. With inputs from S20, STI Forum, Climate and SDGs Synergy Conference, this session will highlight high-level speakers working to integrate climate change (including provisions of the Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework) and the SDGs by strengthening the SPI.
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Conference Room 12, United Nations Headquarters, New York
Side Event
The global climate crisis is inextricably linked to water. Climate change increases variability in the water cycle, inducing extreme weather events, reducing the predictability of water availability, affecting water quality and threatening sustainable development and biodiversity worldwide.

Growing demand for water increases the need for energy-intensive water pumping, transportation, and treatment, and has contributed to the degradation of critical water-dependent carbon sinks such as peatlands. And, some climate change mitigation measures, such as the expanded use of biofuels, are further exacerbating water scarcity.
In this side event, UN-Water will launch an update of its Policy Brief on Climate Change and Water. Participants will get a chance to discuss the significant co-benefits to managing climate and water in a more coordinated and sustainable manner and discover solutions that are being implemented by a growing number of countries.
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Conference Room 4
Side Event
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
S1522/S1523
Side Event
While the Digital Revolution cuts across all SDGs, the side event will focus on its role in empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality, in line with the SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13, and 16 which are under review at the HLPF 2019. The global scientific initiative The World in 2050 (TWI2050) has been developing integrated pathways based on interdisciplinary knowledge that achieve multiple SDGs, harnessing synergies and mitigating trade-offs. The side event will present the role of technological change in these pathways with a focus on the SDGs under review and will provide examples of proven and emerging technologies and innovations that can accelerate progress towards the selected SDGs.
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Conference Room 6, UNHQ
Side Event
Co-Organized by the Permanent Mission of Tajikistan, the UN Office for South-South Cooperation and the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance/UN-Habitat with the support of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Venue: S1522/S1523
Side Event
The side event, convened by UN DESA will look into the interlinkages between SDG7 and SDG 4, 8, 10, 13, and 16, building upon the 2019 edition of the SDG7 Policy Briefs that contains detailed analysis on these interlinkages, as well as the 2019 Tracking SDG7 Energy Progress Report, the work of the SDG7 Technical Advisory Group and UN-Energy, the High-Level Dialogue on the implementation of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024: A Mid-Point Review, 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.
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Conference Room 1
Side Event

Daily Programme for Monday, 15 July

Daily Side Events Programme for Monday, 15 July

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
The Addis Ababa Action Agenda provides a global framework for financing sustainable development and strengthening collective action to address global challenges. It contextualizes SDG 17 – “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development” -- with concrete policies and actions.
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
This session aims to look at what we have learned on the implementation of the SDGs through the Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) carried out by the HLPF thus far. In total, 102 countries have presented their VNRs since 2016, with another 40 countries presenting for the first time at the July 2019 HLPF. In addition, seven countries will present their second review at this year’s Forum.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
This session will provide a broad overview of the sessions that happened throughout the first five days of HLPF and observations by the President of ECOSOC and the USG of UN DESA.
Special Events
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 1, UNHQ
Special event
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Conference Room 2, UNHQ
Special event
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 5, UNHQ
SDGs Learning, Training and Practice
Organizers
• UN DESA
• World Vision International
• The Partnering Initiative
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 5, UNHQ
SDGs Learning, Training and Practice
Organizers

• UNITAR/FFSDO
• World Bank
• IMF
• UNDP
Side Events
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Conference Room 12
Side Event
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Cervantes Institute in New York 9 (211 E 49th St)
Side Event
This year’s HLPF convened under the theme of “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality,” undertakes the first global review of SDG13 on climate action, along with SDGs 4, 8, 10, 16 and 17. This will provide an opportunity to take stock of progress to-date including on energy, water and climate interlinkages, and reflect on the way forward to accelerate implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. This event aims to facilitate open exchange of insights and experiences for furthering progress toward addressing SDG6 and SDG7 interlinkages in support of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Conference Room 8
Side Event
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Conference Room 12
Side Event

Daily Programme for Tuesday, 16 July

Daily Side Events Programme for Tuesday, 16 July

8:40 AM - 9:45 AM
General Assembly Hall, UNHQ
Official meeting
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
Chair: H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, Vice President of ECOSOC

Individual Presentation

Iceland, Burkina Faso, Lesotho, Palau, Kazakhstan, Algeria, Pakistan, United Kingdom

Q&A after each presentation
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Trusteeship Council Chamber, UNHQ
Official meeting
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
Individual Presentation from Côte d’Ivoire, Fiji, Mongolia, Cambodia,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Trusteeship Council Chamber, UNHQ
Official meeting
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Trusteeship Council Chamber, UNHQ
Official meeting
Special Events
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 11, UNHQ
Special event
The UN-wide Local2030 network is facilitating a two-day event focused on local level financing of the SDGs and local implementation of the SDGs under review at the 2019 HLPF. The event will convene and connect experts from the public, private, and non-governmental sectors, local leaders, and representatives from multiple UN agencies.
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
ECOSOC Chamber
Special event
Side Events
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Conference Room F
Side Event
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Conference Room 7
Side Event
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.
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Economic and Social Council Chamber
Side Event
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Conference Room 4
Side Event
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Conference Room 5
Side Event
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Conference Room 8
Side Event

Tentative Daily Programme for Wednesday, 17 July

Tentative Daily Side Events Programme for Wednesday, 17 July

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
Mauritius, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Tonga, South Africa, Rwanda, Kuwait, New Zealand
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Trusteeship Council Chamber, UNHQ
Official meeting
Chair: H.E. Mr. Valentin Rybakov, President or Vice President of ECOSOC
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Trusteeship Council Chamber, UNHQ
Official meeting
Chair: H.E. Ms. Inga Rhonda King, President of ECOSOC
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
Special Events
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 11, UNHQ
Special event
The UN-wide Local2030 network is facilitating a two-day event focused on local level financing of the SDGs and local implementation of the SDGs under review at the 2019 HLPF. The event will convene and connect experts from the public, private, and non-governmental sectors, local leaders, and representatives from multiple UN agencies.
Side Events
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Conference Room 7
Side Event
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
UN Secretariat Bldg Room S-2726/27
Side Event
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Conference Room 7
Side Event
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Conference Room 2
Side Event
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Conference Room F
Side Event
This high-level side event will mark the launch of the policy brief on “Achieving SDG 7 in Small Island
Developing States” and pave the way for the Mid-term Review of the SAMOA Pathway taking place in
September 2019. It will take stock of recent developments with respect to energy transition and
renewable energy uptake in SIDS by discussing and presenting best practices and successful initiatives.
The side event will also explore what are the vital elements in making progress in the area of sustainable
energy in the remaining 5 years of the Samoa Pathway.
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Conference Room 5
Side Event

Tentative Daily Programme for Thursday, 18 July

Tentative Daily Side Events Programme for Thursday, 18 July

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
Panel Style Presentation
Cameroon, Tunisia
Q&A

Individual Presentation
Congo, Guyana, Iraq, Nauru, Oman, Liechtenstein

Q&A after each presentation

3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Trusteeship Council Chamber, UNHQ
Official meeting
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
Chair: President or Vice President of ECOSOC

Individual Presentation

Mauritania, Turkmenistan

Q&A after each presentation
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
Since 2015, the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) has established its central role in the follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. In 2019, the High-level Political Forum will convene twice for the first time: under the auspices of ECOSOC in July and at the level of Heads of State and Government in September (SDG summit). The conclusion of the first cycle of the HLPF constitutes a critical opportunity to take stock of how the HLPF has delivered on its functions to promote and support implementation of the 2030 Agenda and to reflect on how the Forum could be strengthened in going forward.
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
Special Events
Side Events
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Trusteeship Council Chamber, UNHQ
Official meeting
Chair: H.E. Ms. Mona Juul, Vice President of ECOSOC
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
ECOSOC Chamber, UNHQ
Official meeting
The last day of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC will take place the day after the HLPF, allowing for a broadening of the discussion around the 2030 Agenda and the theme. It will enable Member States to look further ahead. The 2019 High-level Segment of ECOSOC will focus on future-oriented trends, projections and scenarios addressing the most relevant issues around the SDGs. The focus on possible scenarios and future trends that will impact the implementation of the 2030 Agenda complements the work of the HLPF, as well as the various intergovernmental and other bodies related to ECOSOC, which examine the current state of implementation and possible solutions for advancement.
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Official meeting
The afternoon session of the 2019 High-level Segment of ECOSOC will focus on future-oriented trends, projections and scenarios around the ECOSOC theme of “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. The theme encompasses several dimensions, including trends and scenarios related to inequality, and trends and scenarios related to participation of people in decision making.
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
ECOSOC Chamber, UNHQ
Official meeting
Conclusion of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC
Special Events
Side Events

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THEMATIC SDG REVIEWS

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.

Calendar of preparatory thematic events for 2019 HLPF under ECOSOC

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 4: 3-5 December 2018, Brussels
Expert Group Meeting on SDG 8: 3-5 April 2019, Geneva
Expert Group Meeting on SDG 10: 2-3 April 2019, Geneva
Expert Group Meeting on SDG 13: 1-3 April 2019, Copenhagen
Expert Group Meeting on SDG 16: 27-29 May 2019, Rome
Expert Group Meeting on SDG 17: 12 April 2019, New York
Expert Group Meeting on interlinkages: TBC
Expert Group Meeting on Tackling global challenges to equality and inclusion through the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Spotlight on SDGs 10, 13 and 16

REGIONAL PREPARATORY MEETINGS

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE): 21 - 22 March 2019, Geneva, Switzerland
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP): 27 - 29 March 2019, Bangkok, Thailand
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA): 9 - 11 April 2019, Beirut, Lebanon
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA): 16-18 April 2019, Marrakech, Morocco
United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC): 22- 26 April 2019, Santiago, Chile

STAKEHOLDERS E-CONSULTATION ON THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS) UNDER REVIEW AT THE 2019 HIGH LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (HLPF)

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ACTIVITIES PLANNED BY THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM

WORKSHOPS

HLPF Preparatory Webinars for Major Groups and other Stakeholders

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

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. 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.

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Cambodia Flag of Cambodia
Cameroon Flag of Cameroon
Central African Republic Flag of Central African Republic
Chad Flag of Chad
Chile Flag of Chile
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Fiji Flag of Fiji
Ghana Flag of Ghana
Guatemala Flag of Guatemala
Guyana Flag of Guyana
Iceland Flag of Iceland
Indonesia Flag of Indonesia
Iraq Flag of Iraq
Israel Flag of Israel
Kazakhstan Flag of Kazakhstan
Kuwait Flag of Kuwait
Lesotho Flag of Lesotho
Liechtenstein Flag of Liechtenstein
Mauritania Flag of Mauritania
Mauritius Flag of Mauritius
Mongolia Flag of Mongolia
Nauru Flag of Nauru
New Zealand Flag of New Zealand
Oman Flag of Oman
Pakistan Flag of Pakistan
Palau Flag of Palau
Philippines Flag of Philippines
Rwanda Flag of Rwanda
Saint Lucia Flag of Saint Lucia
Serbia Flag of Serbia
Sierra Leone Flag of Sierra Leone
South Africa Flag of South Africa
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Tunisia Flag of Tunisia
Turkey Flag of Turkey
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Q: What is sustainable development?

  • Sustainable development seeks to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable development calls for concerted efforts towards building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for people and planet.
  • Poverty eradication, changing unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, and protecting and managing the natural resource base of economic and social development are overarching objectives of and essential requirements for sustainable development.
  • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders in September 2015, is the plan of action for people, planet and prosperity and aims to transform our world. The 2030 Agenda addresses the integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development: the social, economic, and environmental, since a holistic and balanced approach that incorporates these three dimensions is essential for ending poverty, reducing inequalities and combatting climate change in order to achieve sustainable development.
  • The 2030 Agenda applies to all countries and aims to improve people's lives and prosperity on a healthy planet, through partnership and peace. All countries, cities and multiple actors of the business sector and civil society are actively engaged in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

Q: What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

  • Four years ago, member states adopted the 2030 Agenda, which contains the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • The SDGs - a core feature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - reflect a new understanding that development everywhere must integrate economic growth, social well-being and environmental protection.
  • The SDGs offer the most practical and effective pathway to people's well-being and to address the causes of violent conflict, human rights abuses, climate change and environmental degradation.

Q: What is the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development?

  • The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is a multi-stakeholder platform engaging 197 members states in the exchange of experiences in implementation of the SDGs, identifying gaps and lessons learned. It is also a forum for rallying further action and solutions to this end by all stakeholders.
  • The HLPF seeks to enhance the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
  • The HLPF also provides a platform for the creation of multi-stakeholder partnerships and the promotion of international cooperation as we advance towards achieving the Goals.
  • It meets annually under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council for eight days, including a three-day ministerial segment and every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the General Assembly for two days.

Q: Why is the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development important?

  • The HLPF is the global forum for providing political leadership, guidance and recommendations on implementing the 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs.
  • The Forum provides an opportunity for countries, organizations of the United Nations and other international and regional organizations, civil society and businesses to highlight the efforts they are taking to achieve the SDGs and helps translate the vision of the SDGs into reality by looking at what is working and what is not at global, regional, national and local levels.
  • By serving as a global hub for governments, organizations of the United Nations and other international organizations and major groups and stakeholders to exchange ideas and best practices and review progress on the SDGs, the HLPF enables countries to accelerate progress toward achieving the goals.

Q: How will the SDGs be implemented?

  • The successful implementation of the SDGs relies on countries' own sustainable development policies, plans and programmes, and are led by countries. Leaders agreed to develop ambitious responses to the 2030 Agenda.
  • Governments also have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review, at the national, regional and global levels, in relation to the progress made in implementing the SDGs.
  • Governments continue to develop national indicators to assist in monitoring progress made on the goals and targets, taking into account the global indicator framework.
  • The mobilization of resources at both the domestic and international levels is essential to achieve the goals.
  • The follow-up and review process at the global level is undertaken by the HLPF and supported by an annual SDGs Progress Report that is prepared by the United Nations Secretary- General and quadrennial Global Sustainable Development Report prepared by a group of independent scientists.

Q: In the four years since the SDGs were adopted, what actions has the international community taken to achieve the Goals?

  • Many governments from both developed and developing countries have aligned the SDGs with national policies and strategies, conducting seminars, conferences and campaigns to raise awareness and catalyze action among local governments, civil society, businesses, academia, media and other groups. Many have prepared a roadmap of implementation.
  • Many local governments are engaging in SDG implementation.
  • Also, many businesses have integrated the SDGs into their companies' practices and invested in new technology.
  • Civil society organizations continue to build momentum, developing initiatives at the local level.

Q: Has there been progress in achieving the SDGS?

  • Globally, from 2000 to 2016, the under-five mortality rate dropped 47 per cent, and the total number of under-five deaths dropped from 9.9 million to 5.6 million.
  • Since 2000, the maternal mortality ratio in sub-Saharan Africa has been reduced by 35 per cent and the under-five mortality rate has dropped by 50 per cent.
  • In Southern Asia, a girl's risk of marrying in childhood has declined by over 40 per cent.
  • The absolute number of people living without electricity dipped below the symbolic threshold of one billion.
  • In the least developed countries, the proportion of the population with access to electricity has more than doubled from 2000 to 2016.

Q: Where have there been setbacks?

  • After a prolonged decline, world hunger appears to be on the rise again: the number of undernourished people rose from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016, mainly because of conflicts, drought and disasters linked to climate change.
  • In 2017, economic losses attributed to disasters were estimated at over $300 billion, among the highest losses in past years, largely due to the costliest North Atlantic hurricane season on record. And the past 5-year average global temperature is the highest on record.
  • While the extreme poverty rate in 2013 was a third of the 1990 value, there are pockets of the world where it stubbornly persists: 783 million people still lived below $1.90 (2011 PPP), with more than half living in sub-Saharan Africa and about one-third living in Southern Asia.
  • The world is not on a trajectory towards ending malaria by 2030 - In 2016, there were 216 million cases of malaria, compared to 210 million cases in 2013.
  • More than half of all children and adolescents are not meeting minimum proficiencies in reading and mathematics.
  • In 2015, 6 in 10 people lacked access to safely managed sanitation services.

Q: How does the HLPF guide progress on the SDGs?

  • The HLPF allows for a participatory, transparent and integrated follow-up and review platform at the global level that will help countries to learn from one another and maximize and track progress in implementing the Goals to ensure that no one is left behind.
  • At the HLPF, countries present the progress and obstacles they face in implementing the Goals at the national level in the form of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs).
  • The HLPF helps translate the vision of the Goals into reality by providing political leadership and recommendations and sharing experiences and lessons learned.
  • The HLPF brings together Member States, organizations of the United Nations and other international and regional organizations, civil society, NGOs, the private sector and other stakeholders to discuss progress and review successes, exchange lessons learned and experience.
  • The HLPF also creates an opportunity to showcase and develop multi-stakeholder partnerships around the SDGs.

Q: What will be the focus of the HLPF in July 2019?

  • The 2019 July HLPF, which will take place between 9-18 July 2019 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, has as its theme, "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality."
  • At the 2019 July HLPF, the following set of Goals will be reviewed in depth:
    • 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; and
    • Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Q: Who will be attending the 2019 July HLPF?

  • Ministers and other senior government officials, experts from different sectors and representatives of Permanent Missions to the UN in New York, from both developed and developing countries will attend HLPF.
  • Forty seven ministers will present their review of their national efforts for implementing the SDGs.
  • Civil society, the private sector, academia and other stakeholders will attend and provide major inputs at the HLPF.
  • Many members of parliaments will also attend and participate and contribute to the HLPF.

Q: What are Voluntary National Reviews, and how can they help achieve the 2030 Agenda?

  • The Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) are a central element of the follow-up and review mechanisms of the 2030 Agenda at the global level to inform about national implementation. (See more on 2019 VNRs Q&A here)
  • In 2016, 22 countries presented VNRs at the HLPF, followed by 43 countries in 2017 and 47 countries presented at 2018 HLPF with 47 countries to present in 2019 HLPF. Overall, 111 VNRs have been presented since 2016.
  • Guidelines for VNRs are intended to be flexible and allow for adaptation to national circumstances.
  • All countries are encouraged to report on all SDGs - especially those identified as national priorities - and to use the voluntary guidelines for VNR reports to facilitate comparability and analysis.
  • A 2019 handbook in five UN languages has been prepared as well as 2018 Synthesis report to assist countries in their preparations of VNRs.

Q: Why are VNRs significant?

  • VNRs are voluntary and demonstrate the commitment of countries to mobilize efforts towards achieving the Goals.
  • VNRs generate a process of reflection and consultation at the national level which builds understanding of progress, gaps and challenges and can improve policies, coordination and correlations.
  • VNRs by countries at the HLPF provide the opportunity to learn from each other, mobilize support to overcome shared challenges, identify new and emerging issues and provide recommendations for implementing the Goals.
  • The presentation of VNRs is a peer learning experience and can spur further action to implement the SDGs at the national level.
  • Success in achieving the SDGs will help to address some of the most pressing global challenges, such as climate change, providing a better life for women and men and building a firm foundation for stability and peace in all societies, everywhere.
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