High Level Political Forum 10-19 July 2017, New York
10 July 2017


OVERVIEW

Concrete actions to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are already under way, in all parts of the world. More than 40 countries are getting ready to present their plans to achieve the SDGs at this year’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development taking place on 10-19 July at UN Headquarters in New York.

Governments, businesses and civil society continue to demonstrate their strong commitment to achieving the Goals and ensuring no one is left behind. The countries presenting their National Voluntary Reviews (NVRs) at the 3-day ministerial meeting (17-19 July) are: Afghanistan, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Slovenia, Sweden, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.

The theme of this year’s Forum is “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” and a specific set of Goals will be reviewed in depth: Goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14. Goal 17 will be reviewed every year.

The SDGs, officially launched in January 2016, represent a new approach to address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

Recognizing that action to achieve the SDGs must take place at the local, national, regional and global levels, the Forum serves as the essential global forum for providing political leadership, guidance and recommendations on achieving the SDGs by 2030 through the sharing of experiences, including success stories, challenges and lessons learned; as well as providing political leadership, guidance and recommendations for strengthening implementation, follow-up and review of the SDGs. In this role, the Forum promotes accountability, fostering an exchange of best practices and supporting international cooperation.

The Forum brings together all sectors of society that are critical for achieving the Goals, including governments, civil society, the business sector, major groups and other stakeholders.

At the regional level, the United Nations regional economic commissions have a significant role to play in providing inputs into the Forum, including through annual regional forums on sustainable development that involve relevant regional entities such as Major Groups and other stakeholders.

The Forum will review progress according to the Goals, by regions, and by countries experiencing certain risks and vulnerabilities, such as the Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. These reviews will be supported by the functional commissions of the UN Economic and Social Council and other intergovernmental bodies and forums which should reflect the integrated nature of the Goals as well as the interlinkages between them.

Other key elements of the Forum include an annual progress report on the SDGs which will be issued by the UN Secretary-General. The outcome of the ECOSOC Financing for Development Forum and the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs will also feed into Forum discussions.

The Forum will culminate in the adoption of a ministerial declaration.

Details on the programmes, side events and other activities on the margin of the HLPF can be found at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf.

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation

Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable

development

Goal 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

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 revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

Further information on the SDGs and their targets and indicators can be found at:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs