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

10-19 July 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York

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A view of UN Headquarters, venue of HLPF 2017

The first week of HLPF 2017 concludes at the UN Headquarters

On Friday, the 2017 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) started with a session on leveraging interlinkages for effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the afternoon, a session on science-policy interface and emerging issues was followed by a wrap-up of the week’s events by the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Under-Secretary-General (USG) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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Session 15 - Leveraging interlinkages for effective implementation of SDGs


View of the dais during the session


Debapriya Bhattacharya, Chair, Southern Voices, and Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)

 Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS)


Marie Chatardová, Vice President, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Charles Arden-Clarke, Head of Secretariat, 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP)

Minh-Thu Pham, Executive Director for Global Policy, UN Foundation


Michael Gerber, Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development, Switzerland

Irene Khan, Director General, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)



Roberto Olinto, Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE)

Judith Randel, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Development Initiatives (DI)

Anil Arora, Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada


Jean Christian Razafiarison, Madagascar

Sergey Egorenko, Russian Federation

Mohammad Ali Zarie Zare, Iran


Coulibaly Maïmouna Dramé, Mali


Teodor Dulceaţă, Romania

Marcos Bonturi, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


Anna Ballance, EU

Youth delegate Herlinde Baeyens, Belgium

Maximilian Mueller, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)



Session 16 - Science-policy interface and emerging issues


Lead discussants speak from the podium during the session


Endah Murniningtyas, National Development Planning Agency, Indonesia

Peter Messerli, University of Bern, Switzerland


Wang Ruijun, Ministry of Science and Technology, China, and Chair, UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)

Cristián Barros Melet, Vice President of ECOSOC

Moderator William Colglazier, American Academy for the Advancement of Science


Stuart Taberner, Director, International and Interdisciplinary Research, Research Councils United Kingdom (RCUK)

 Tolu Oni, University of Cape Town, South Africa



Tom Okurut, Uganda

Tateo Arimoto, Japan


Pam Rajput, Women's Major Group

Lucilla Spini, Scientific and Technological Community

Taikan Oki, UN University



Wrap up session


View of the dais during the session


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

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



Around the Venue


Members of the Women's Major Group


Delegates between sessions



Elizabeth Mrema, UN Environment


Delegates speak informally



A delegate visits the International Institute for Sustainable Development's (IISD) SDG Knowledge Hub, an online resource center for news and commentary regarding the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including all 17 SDGs (sdg.iisd.org/)



Around the UN Headquarters




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