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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

Highlights for Monday, 18 July 2016

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

Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, stands with children from the event "Scream from Nature,"
emphasizing the importance of environmental protection

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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Opening of the Ministerial Segment


Delegates gather for the opening of the Ministerial Segment


Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN

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


Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN and Vice
President of ECOSOC

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

Mogens Lykketoft, President of
the UN General Assembly


Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway

Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh, Vice President of Viet Nam



Ensuring that no one is left behind: reaching the most vulnerable


Panel speakers during the session


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)


Kate Gilmore, Deputy High
Commissioner for Human Rights

Md. Shahidul Haque, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh

Christian Friis Bach, Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)


Delegates watch proceedings from the gallery


Ensuring that no one is left behind: challenges of countries in special situations


View of the dais during the session


Álvaro García, Office of Planning and Budget of the Presidency, Uruguay

Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary-General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat


Helen Clark, Administrator,
UN Development Programme (UNDP)

Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman,
2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate


Karina Gould, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development, Canada

Ricardo Cardona, Minister of Social Development, Honduras

Shamshad Akhtar, Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)


Daniel Mensinga, Major Group for Children and Youth


Ensuring that no one is left behind: unlocking the means of implementation for
the Sustainable Development Goals and creating an enabling environment


View of the dais during the session


 Michelle Muschett, Vice Minister of Social Development, Panama

Ardalan Shekarabi, Minister for Public Administration, Sweden


Axel Bertuch-Samuels,
International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Vaughan Turekian,
Advisor to the US Secretary of State

Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development


Douglas Frantz, Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Group


Representatives from the Women's Major Group hold up pictures of environmental and human rights activists who have been killed, demonstrating the need to create an enabling environment for stakeholder participation


General Debate


Delegates participate in a general debate


Virachai Plasai, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the UN, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China

Juan Temístocles Montás, Minister of Economy, Planning and Development, Dominician Republic, speaking on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)


Bernard Kamphasa, Zambia, speaking
on behalf of the LLDCs

Eden Charles, Deputy Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the UN, speaking on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Jiko Fatafehi Luveni, Fiji, speaking on behalf of the Group of Pacific SIDS


Mohammed Khaled Khiari, Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the UN, speaking on behalf of the African Group

Mohammed Maziad Al Tuwaijri,
Vice-Minister of Economy and Planning, Saudi Arabia


Celebrating Nelson Mandela Day


A special event is held in the ECOSOC Chamber to commemorate "Mandela Day"


Delegates stand to observe a moment of silence to honor Nelson Mandela and his contribution to freedom and justice in the world

Stevie Wonder, UN Messenger of Peace



Around the Venue


Delegates gather for the start of the Ministerial Segment


Delegates greet each other before the start of plenary


Delegates from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Delegates from South Africa


Delegates speak informally



Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, and Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh, Vice-President of Viet Nam, participate in
an event "Scream from Nature" that emphasized the importance of environmental protection


Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, and
Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh, Vice-President of Viet Nam,
stand with children during the event

Musical performance by fifth graders from the
Special Music School, New York



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).