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2016 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2016)
Ensuring that No One is Left Behind

11-20 July 2016 | UN headquarters, New York

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A view of the UN headquarters complex, venue of the meeting

Delegates huddle to discuss the adoption of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) declaration

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Cardboard cut-outs of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

The 2016 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) concluded on Wednesday, following two sessions on Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) in the morning, a session on “Prospects for the future: projections, scenarios and new and emerging issues” in the afternoon, and the general debate. A Ministerial Declaration focusing on the theme of “Ensuring that no one is left behind” was adopted during the closing session, after the retention of a paragraph relating to the Paris Agreement on climate change was put to vote. 141 countries voted to retain the paragraph, one voted against, and three Member States abstained, and the Declaration was adopted with the paragraph intact.

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Delegates gather for the fifth session on Voluntary National Reviews


 Oh Joon, Permanent Representative of the Republic
of Korea to the UN and President of ECOSOC

The Secretariat distributes the draft HLPF declaration


Delegates read through the draft declaration



Tuesday, 19 July 2016

On Tuesday morning, two sessions of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) took place at the 2016 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). In the afternoon, a special address by UN Secretary-General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon was followed by another session of VNRs, and the general debate.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


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

José Antonio Ocampo, Chair of the
Committee for Development Policy (CDP)


Matia Kasaija, Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda

Sili Epa Tuioti, Minister of Finance, Samoa

Thomas Silberhorn, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany


Around the UN Headquarters


Monday, 18 July 2016

Following the opening of the Ministerial Segment on Monday, participants at the 2016 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) discussed “Main messages from first HLPF week: our starting point.” This was followed by keynote speeches and panel discussions related to the meeting’s theme of “Ensuring that no one is left behind,” on: “Reaching the most vulnerable;” “Challenges of countries in special situations;” and “Unlocking means of implementation (MOI) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and creating an enabling environment.” A general debate took place at the end of the day.

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Delegates gather for the opening of the Ministerial Segment


Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway

Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh, Vice President of Viet Nam


Hugo Roger Martínez Bonilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs, El Salvador

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)



Friday, 15 July 2016

Sessions on Friday focused on the theme of “From inspiration to action: Multi-stakeholder engagement for implementation” at the 2016 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). In the morning, discussions took place on “Ensuring that no one is left behind – the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by Major Groups and other stakeholders,” and “Multistakeholder approaches at the national level – the opportunity to enhance follow-up and review by engaging Major Groups and other stakeholders.” In the afternoon, a discussion on “Regional experiences” was followed by the wrap-up session, concluding the discussions of the first week.

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Representatives of Major Groups participate in the discussions


Yetnebersh Nigussie,
Light for the World

Antonia Wulff,
Education International (EI)

Mabel Bianco, Fundación para
Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer


Sarah Mendelson, US Representative to ECOSOC

Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN



Thursday, 14 July 2016

The 2016 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) started with panel discussions on “National mechanisms for monitoring progress and reporting on implementation for the achievement of SDGs” and “Making the 2030 Agenda deliver for SIDS, building on the SAMOA Pathway” on Thursday morning. In the afternoon, discussions took place on “Countries in special situations.”

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Panel speakers for the session on making the 2030 Agenda deliver for Small Island
Developing States (SIDS), building on the SAMOA Pathway


Peseta Noumea Simi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Samoa

Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General of South Africa


Christiana Figueres, UN Secretary-General candidate

Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly


View of the ECOSOC Chamber


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

On Wednesday, the 2016 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) started with panel discussions on “Creating ownership at the national level” and “Mainstreaming SDGs into national policies, plans and strategies and integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development” in the morning. In the afternoon, discussions took place on “Vertical cooperation – local authorities and national governments working together for implementation of the 2030 Agenda” and “Challenges in mobilizing means of implementation at the national level (Financing, Technology, Capacity building).”

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View of the panel during the session


Joseph Enyimu, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic
Development, Uganda

Koichi Aiboshi, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, Japan

Wardarina, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development and Co-Chair of Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism


Delegates pose with their favourite SDGs



Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The second day of the 2016 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) continued with two panel discussions related to the theme of “Ensuring that no one is left behind” in the morning. Discussions took place on “Food security and sustainable agriculture, climate action, sustainable oceans and terrestrial ecosystems – adopting a nexus approach” and “Creating peaceful and more inclusive societies and empowering women and girls.” In the afternoon, a discussion took place on “Science-policy interface: New ideas, insights and solutions.”

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Panelists for the session on food security and sustainable agriculture, climate action, sustainable
oceans and terrestrial ecosystems – adopting a nexus approach


Chair Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN and Vice President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues, Seychelles


Omoyemen Lucia Odigie-Emmanuel, Centre for Human Rights and Climate Change Research

Deborah Fulton, Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

Jake Rice, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Canada


UN Secretary-General Candidates (L-R): Irina Bokova, Bulgaria; Igor Lukšić, Montenegro; Christiana Figueres, Costa Rica; Danilo Türk, Slovenia; and Helen Clark, New Zealand


Monday, 11 July 2016

Following an opening plenary, the first day started with a session on “Where do we stand at year one” of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015. This was followed by three sessions related to the 2016 HLPF theme of “Ensuring that no one is left behind,” on: “Envisioning an inclusive world in 2030”; “Lifting people out of poverty and addressing basic needs”; and “Fostering economic growth, prosperity, and sustainability.”

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Panelists for Session 1: Where do we stand at year one?


Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Moderator Paula Caballero Gomez,
World Bank


Debapriya Bhattacharya,
Centre for Policy Dialogue

Martin Tsounkeu, Africa Development
Interchange Network (ADIN)

José María Viera,
World Blind Union (WBU)



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Specific funding for coverage of HLPF 2016 has been provided by the
European Commission and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
EC SDC

IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the European Union, the Government of Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2016 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, SWAN International, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).