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2017 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2017)

10-19 July 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Thursday, 13 July 2017

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A view of the UN headquarters complex, venue for the High-Level SDG Action Event: Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda
A view of UN Headquarters, venue of HLPF 2017

Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) (C), arrives at the HLPF meeting with Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General, Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel (L), and Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the UN, and Co-President, UN Ocean Conference (R)

On Thursday morning, the 2017 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) started with reviews of implementation of two Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure); and SDG 14 (life below water). In the afternoon, two reviews related to SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) took place, on: investing in, and financing for, SDGs; and advancing science, technology and innovation (STI) for SDGs.

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Session 11: Review of implementation: SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure)


View of the dais during the session


Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe to the UN, and President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

John Danilovich, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)


Maria Kiwanuka, Special Advisor to the President, Uganda

Miguel Ruiz Cabañas, Vice Minister, Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Mexico

Magnus Arildsson, Head, Internet of Things Product Management, Ericsson


Arne Holte, former President, World Blind Union, Norway

Patrick Ho, Deputy Chairman, China Energy Fund Committee



Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN

Bachar Brahim Adoum, Chad


Aire Rihe, Estonia

Abdul Halim Bin Abdul Aziz, Malaysia

Ola Sidani, Lebanon


Sebastian König, Switzerland


Session 12 - Review of implementation: SDG 14 (life below water)


View of the dais during the session


Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the UN, and Co-President, UN Ocean Conference

Peter Thomson, President, UNGA


Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

 Luke Daunivalu, Deputy Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN, and Co-President, UN Ocean Conference

Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General, Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel



 Jake Rice, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada

Moderator Kate Brown, Executive Director, Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)


Marjo Vierros, Director, Coastal Policy and Humanities Research, and Senior Associate, Global Ocean Forum

Ronald Jumeau, Permanent Representative of the Seychelles to the UN

Tui Shortland, Director, Pacific Indigenous and Local Knowledge Centre of Distinction


Max Rai, Permanent Representative of Papua New Guinea to the UN, speaking on behalf of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS)


Session 13 - Review of implementation of SDGs and thematic review of SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals): Investing in, and financing for, SDGs


View of the dais during the session


Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the UN

Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN


Gebeyehu Ganga Gayito, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN

Nabeel Munir, Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, and Vice President, ECOSOC

Moderator Manuel Montes, Senior Advisor on Finance and Development, the South Centre


Kajsa Olofsgård, Ambassador for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden

Peter Adriaens, CEO, Equarius Risk Analytics

Chee Yoke Ling, Third World Network


Uchita de Zoysa, Sri Lanka

Gladys Ghartey, Ghana



Session 14 - Review of implementation SDGs and thematic review SDG 17: Advancing science, technology and innovation for SDGs


View of the dais during the session


Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN, and Co-Chair, Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)

Vaughan Turekian, Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State, US, and Co-Chair, STI Forum


Donovan Guttieres, Focal Point, Science-Policy Interface Platform, Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY)

 Cristián Barros Melet, Vice President of ECOSOC

 Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research, Sri Lanka


Heide Hackmann, Executive Director, International Council for Science (ICSU), and Co-Chair of the 10-Member Group of High-Level Representatives in support of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM)

Nebojša Nakićenović, Deputy Director General, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)



Aleksandr Khachaturyan, Armenia

Dazhu Yang, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)



Around the Venue



John Danilovich, Secretary-General, ICC (L), speaks with a delegate

Sadiqullah Tahirzai, Afghanistan


Francesca Perucci, UN Statistics Division (UNSD) (C), speaks with members of the Secretariat

Delegates from Kenya



Delegates between sessions



Oceans materials on display around the UN





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