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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 gather for the start of the 2016 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)

The 2016 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) opened on Monday, 11 July 2016, at UN Headquarters in New York.

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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Opening Plenary


Delegates during the opening session


Oh Joon, Permanent Representative of the
Republic of Korea to the UN and President of the UN
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

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


Session 1: Where do we stand at year one?


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)


Oriana López Uribe,
Women's Major Group

Macharia Kamau, Kenya

Joy Aguilar, Major Group
for Children and Youth


Session 2: Envisioning an inclusive world in 2030


Panelists for Session 2: Envisioning an inclusive world in 2030


Ion Jinga, Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN
and Chair of the 54th session of the Commission for Social Development

Moderator Lisa Foster,
US Department of Justice


Alvaro Esteban Pop Ac, Chair of the 15th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

Onalenna Selolwane, Mosadi Khumo Socio-Economic Empowerment
Forum for Women

Ibrahim Ismail Abdallah,
Arab Organization of Persons
with Disability (AOPD)


Uchita de Zoysa, Sri Lanka

Anna Ballance, EU


Chair Héctor Alejandro Palma Cerna, Deputy Permanent Representative of Honduras to the UN and Vice President of ECOSOC


Session 3: Lifting people out of poverty and addressing basic needs


Panelists for Session 3: Lifting people out of poverty and addressing basic needs


Alice Albright, Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

Moderator Sarina Prabasi, WaterAid America


 Michael Park, Aspen Institute

Chair Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN and Vice President of ECOSOC

Cristina Diez, International Movement
ATD Fourth World


Xie Zhangwei, China

José De Souza, Benin

Rajul Pandya-Lorch, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


Grace Balawag, Indigenous Peoples Major Group

Carla Mucavi, Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO)


Session 4: Fostering economic growth, prosperity, and sustainability


Panelists for Session 4: Fostering economic growth, prosperity, and sustainability


 Tim Jackson, Centre for the Understanding
of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)

Moderator Vinicius Pinheiro,
International Labour Organization (ILO)


 Bart Verspagen, UN University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT)

Wellington Chibebe, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Dyborn Chibonga, National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi (NASFAM)


Around the Venue


Delegates watch discussions from the balcony


A string quartet welcomes delegates to the meeting


Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

Delegates meet before the start of the session


Delegates meet informally throughout the day



Around the UN Headquarters





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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).