The HLPF will meet from Friday, 26 June through Wednesday, 8 July 2015. The ministerial segment will be from Monday, 6 July, through Wednesday, 8 July 2015.
The forum will debate the theme: "Strengthening integration, implementation and review - the HLPF after 2015"
. It will be meeting this year under the auspices of ECOSOC.
A major focus will thus be the role of the forum and ways to implement its functions in following up on and reviewing the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.
The meeting will occur at a time when the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda
will be reaching their final stage. It takes particular significance as sustainable development goals will be at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda. The forum will thus be able to advance the discussions on how best to review progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
and the overall agenda, and its important role in this regard.
The meeting will also reflect on integrated policies to move towards more sustainable development paths. Also on the forum's agenda are the overall follow up to Rio+20 and the Samoa Conference on SIDS
, sustainable consumption and production
, strengthening the science-policy interface, countries in special situations, and regional dimensions.
The discussions will draw from the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR)
. In the 2015 edition, scientists will bring some new issues to the attention of policy makers. They will also assess whether the SDGs are appropriately covered by models and international assessments.
The meeting will allow a debate between Governments, UN system and other organizations, scientists, major groups and other stakeholders of civil society. Side events will be organized.
Member States are encouraged to ensure that their participation in the forum reflects the balanced integration of the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development from their national perspectives (A/RES/67/290
The General Assembly also decided that travel expenses (airfare) for one representative of each of the least developed countries shall be paid from the regular budget of the UN for participation in all formal meetings of the forum.