The 2021 United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals Primer

The 2021 United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals

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What?

The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) is a United Nations (UN) conference that meets annually under the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and every four years at the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York. It reviews and follows up on the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. The HLPF is tasked with tracking the international implementation and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Although SDGs are rooted in and interlinked with human rights, it is a development space with its own language and advocacy entry points as such.

The forum brings together representatives from UN Member States (sometimes referred to as countries or States), civil society organizations, UN entities, and other stakeholders, to discuss progress and best practice in the achievement of the SDGs, and to produce a Ministerial Declaration regarding the progress on an annually-chosen theme. This year’s theme is:

"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".

When?

From Tuesday, 6 July, to Thursday, 15 July 2021

Where?

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and expected limitations on in-person meetings and international travel, HLPF 2021 will be held online.

Click here to view this year’s Programme for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC

Registration

This year, due to the virtual nature of HLPF, there are no registrations required. All are able to follow the meeting through UN Web TV or YouTube.

Engagement

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs has created a 'Stakeholders' page which is accessible from the HLPF 2021 navigation bar. It contains information on how to engage with and and participate at the 2021 HLPF. For more information on engaging in the Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) sessions during the HLPF, please click here.

Stakeholder Perspective - Official Thematic Session

Major Groups and Other Stakeholders (MGoS) are the main channels through which broad participation is facilitated in UN activities related to sustainable development. There are currently 21 Major Groups and Other Stakeholders which coordinate the participation and voice of countless organizations at HLPF.

The Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) Official Session is listed in the 2021 HLPF Programme on Friday, July 9, 3-5pm EDT (New York time). The title of the session is: Vision and priorities of civil society, the private sector and other major groups and stakeholders: realizing the SDGs during the COVID-19 recovery. The session is organized by the MGoS Coordination Mechanism. You will be able to view the session on UN Web TV or YouTube.

Thematic Review of the HLPF

Following this year’s theme on "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", HLPF 2021 will explore various aspects of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the international cooperation that should be carried out to respond to 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.

It will also 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.

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