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.
The session will be organized as a townhall meeting with two parts: In the first part, a variety of actors and participants will share and discuss their assessment of how the HLPF has worked since 2016, what we learned from the HLPF on implementing the SDGs and how it can be further improved. This will provide an opportunity to take stock of the challenges and opportunities for the Forum to deliver on its functions. In the second part, two Rapporteurs will present the main messages from the eight days of the July HLPF to the SDG Summit in September 2019, building on the discussions at the HLPF.
The session will start with an intergenerational dialogue on reaching the SDGs and the role of the UN in transforming the world
Background note is available here
Proposed guiding questions:
Has the HLPF delivered effectively on its role to follow-up and review the 2030 Agenda?
What are the challenges and opportunities for the HLPF to deliver on its functions?
Which aspects of the Forum could be strengthened to ensure effective and inclusive follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda and how can this be done?
H.E. Ms. Inga Rhonda King, President of Economic and Social Council
Ms. Helen Mountford, Vice President of World Resource Institute for Climate and Economics
Mr. David Donoghue, Distinguished Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), former Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN and co-facilitator of the intergovernmental negotiations on the 2030 Agenda
Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s envoy on Youth
Part 1: Lessons learned from the first cycle of HLPF
Presentation (on lessons from four years of the HLPF, including the results of the HLPF survey):
Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations
H.E. Mr. Muhammad Abdul Mannan, Minister of Planning, Bangladesh
Mr. Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of Helsinki, Finland
Mr. Oumar Bassirou Diop, Coordinator of the Unit of Coordination and Follow up of Economic Policies, Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation, Senegal
Ms. Marianne Beisheim, Senior Associate on Global Issues, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP Berlin, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Development and Peace Foundation, Germany
Ms. Saumya Aggarwal, Co-founder of the Youth for Peace International (MGoS)
Part 2: Messages to Summit
H.E. Ms. Gloria Amparo Alonso Másmela, Minister of National Planning, Director of the National Planning Department and Chair of the SDG Commission, Colombia
H.E. Mr. Christian Wenaweser, Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the UN