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2015 Meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2015)

26 June - 8 July 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Monday, 29 June 2015

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María Emma Mejía, Vice-President of ECOSOC, consulting with Jennifer de Laurentis,
Council Secretary

The 2015 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued on Monday, 29 June. A morning meeting with member states addressed “How science can inform policy making.”

In the morning and afternoon, moderated discussions addressed: “Supporting national action through HLPF outcomes”; “Keeping science involved in SDG implementation”; and “The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) as a bridge between the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the scientific communities.”

During lunch side events took place on: where we stand - lessons learned from the SD 2015 HLPF Consultation; peoples’ voices data playground; a perspective from the ground - the SDG Fund’s integrated approach towards sustainable development; and empowering grassroots economy, future of sustainable development.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report from the 2015 Meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2015), which took place from 26 June to 8 July 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York. Our summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF. Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/hlpf-2015/


“How Science Can Inform Policy Making”

Martin Sajdik, President of ECOSOC, convened an informal meeting with HLPF 2015 participants and
representatives of social and natural sciences.


Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development (DSD)

Martin Sajdik, President of ECOSOC


L-R: Maria Ivanova, University of Massachusetts Boston and member of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board;
William Colglazier, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Patrick Paul Walsh, University College
Dublin, Ireland and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN); and Lucilla Spini, International Council for
Science (ICSU)


L-R: Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota, Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN; Paul Shrivastava, Executive Director, Future Earth Secretariat; and Luis Augusto Galvão, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)


“Supporting National Action Through HLPF Outcomes”

L-R: Marion Barthelemy, Department of Economic and Social and Affairs, DSD; Manish Bapna, World Resources Institute (WRI); Gustavo
Adolfo Meza-Cuadra Velásquez
, Permanent Representative of Peru to the UN; Pio Wennubst, Ambassador and Deputy Director, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) ; María Emma Mejía, Vice-President of ECOSOC; Jennifer de Laurentis, Council Secretary;
and Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, UN-Habitat Deputy Executive Director


Pio Wennubst, Assistant Director General, SDC

Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, UN-Habitat Deputy Executive Director


Manish Bapna, World Resources Institute (WRI)

Gustavo Adolfo Meza-Cuadra Velásquez, Permanent Representative of Peru to the UN


Evelyn Ugbe, Women Environmental Programme, Nigeria, representing Women
Major Group


Mariyam Midhfa Naeem, Maldives

Tej Gokhale, Temple of Understanding, representing Children and Youth Major Group

Jeanne d'Arc Byaje, Rwanda



“Keeping science involved in SDG implementation”

Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, provided a brief introduction of the Global Sustainable
Development Report (GSDR)


H.E. Gabriel Vallejo López, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia

Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and
Social Affairs


Paul Shrivastava, Executive Director, Future Earth Secretariat

Luis Augusto Galvão, PAHO


Lucilla Spini, ICSU

Maria Ivanova, University of Massachusetts Boston and member of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific
Advisory Board


Estelle Wagner, International Planned Parenthood Federation, representing Women Major Group

Pavel Fondukov, Russian Federation

Mariana Echaniz, Mexico


Pedro Henriques, EU

Vicente Bezerra, Brazil

Marcela Ordóñez, Colombia


“The GSDR as a Bridge Between the SDGs and the Scientific Communities”

L-R: William Colglazier, AAAS; Lucilla Spini, ICSU; Mohamed Khaled Khiari, Vice-President of ECOSOC; Moncef Khane,
Council Secretary; and Patrick Paul Walsh, University College Dublin, Ireland and SDSN


Rhulani Baloyi, South Africa

Brandon Schwartz, representing Children and Youth Major Group

Jun Liu, China


Riccarda Caprez, Switzerland

Ingeborg Mork-Knutsen, Norway

Annika Lindblom, Finland


Side Event: People’s Voices Data Playground

L-R: Kristin Gutenkunst, UN Millennium Campaign (UNMC), with Tatiana Abello, Dominican Republic


HLPF 2015 participants experiencing the 360° virtual reality on various peoples' voices as part of the UN Global Conversation on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

HLPF 2015 participant perusing information on the stories about various peoples' voices.





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Funding for coverage of the 2015 Meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2015) has been provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the European Union (EU)
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