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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

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the 2016 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)

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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Voluntary National Reviews: Session 1


View of the dais during the first session on Voluntary National Reviews


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

Francisco Guzmán Ortiz, Office of the President, Mexico


Manuel Sager, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland

Mohamed El Ouafa, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government, Morocco

Milorad Šćepanović, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Montenegro


Patrick Saidu Conteh, Minister of State II, Ministry of
Finance and Economic Development, Sierra Leone

Sabine Döbeli, Swiss Sustainable Finance


Sandra Andovska, National Focal Point for Sustainable Development, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

Jelena Kneževič, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Montenegro


Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)


Voluntary National Reviews: Session 2


Panel speakers for the second session on Voluntary National Reviews


Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe to the UN and Vice President of ECOSOC

Martin Østerdal, Norwegian Children
and Youth Council


David Zalkaliani, Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Georgia

Herilanto Raveloharison, Minister of Economy and Planning, Madagascar

Halit Çevik, Permanent Representative
of Turkey to the UN


Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway

Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, African Development Bank (AfDB)


Dejan Bojanić, Major Group for Children and Youth,
speaking on behalf of all Major Groups and other stakeholders

Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives


Special address by the Secretary-General


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Voluntary National Reviews: Session 3


View of the dais for the third session on Voluntary National Reviews


Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Agriculture
and the Environment, Finland

Ana María Baiardi, Minister for Women, Paraguay


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

Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA)

Rilli Lappalainen, Finnish NGDO Platform to the EU, Kehys


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


Morten Jespersen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark

Ansgar Klinger, German Education Union

Marianne Beisheim, German Institute for International and Security Affairs



General Debate


View of the dais


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

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


Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic

Samatha Power, Permanent Representative of the US to the UN

Li Baodong, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, China


Abdul Sattar Murad, Minister of Economy, Afghanistan

Boima Kamara, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Liberia

Sahar Nasr, Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt


Rosalie Matondo, Minister of Forest  Economy, Sustainable Development and Environment, Republic of Congo

Edgar Gutiérrez Espeleta, President, Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), and Minister for Environment and Energy, Costa Rica

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



Around the Venue


Preparations being made for the morning plenary


Delegates from Finland

Delegates from Denmark


Delegates speak informally

Jade de Andrade, Federica Pietracci, and Irena Zubcevic,
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)


Delegates collect and share materials relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)



Delegates between sessions



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).