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

10-19 July 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Tuesday, 18 July 2017

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Ministers gather in the Trusteeship Council for the second day of the High-Level General Debate

On Tuesday, five sessions on Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) took place – three in the morning and two in the afternoon – during the Ministerial Segment of the 2017 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). In total, 16 countries presented VNRs: Belgium, Benin, Peru, Guatemala, Italy, Zimbabwe, the Czech Republic, Jordan, Thailand, Argentina, Belarus, Portugal, Uruguay, Nigeria, Panama, and Sweden. In parallel, the General Debate took place in the afternoon, with 39 countries making statements.

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Presentation of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs)


Delegates gather to listen to country presentations on VNRs


Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecommunications and Postal Services, Belgium

Javier Abugattás Fatule, President of the Board of Directors, National Centre for Strategic Planning, Peru


Abdoulaye Bio Tchané, Minister of State for Development and Planning, Benin

Miguel Ángel Moir Sandoval, Minister of Planning, Guatemala

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


Gilbert Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Gian Luca Galletti, Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea Protection, Italy


Andrés Mideros, National Secretary of Planning and Development, Ecuador

Obert Mpofu, Minister of Micro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Zimbabwe


Jessica Espey, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)


Richard Brabec, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment, Czech Republic

Imad Fakhoury, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Jordan



Álvaro García, Minister of Budget and Planning, Uruguay

Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand

Claire Melamed, Executive Director, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD)


Ardalan Shekarabi, Minister for Public Administration, Sweden

Gabriela Agosto, Executive Secretary, National Council for the Coordination of Social Policies, Argentina


Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Presidential Senior Special Advisor on the SDGs, Nigeria

Teresa Ribeiro, Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs, Portugal

László Borbély, State Counsellor, Romania


Marianna Shchetkina, Deputy Chairman, Council of the Republic of the National Assembly, Belarus

María Luisa Navarro, Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation, Panama



High-Level General Debate


View of the dais during the High-Level General Debate


Saleh bin Mohammed Al-Nabit, Minister of Development Planning and Statistics, Qatar

Ghada Fathi Ismail Wali, Minister of Social Solidarity, Egypt


Jorge Ramón Hernández Alcerro, Minister Coordinator General, Honduras

Marcos Barraza, Minister of Social Development, Chile


Abdullahi Majeed, Minister of State for Environment and Energy, Maldives


Jean Max Rakotomamonjy, President of the National Assembly, Madagascar

Hlangusemphi Dlamini, Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Swaziland


Carmelo Abela, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Malta

Abdul Sattar Murad, Minister of Economy, Afghanistan

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iran



Around the Venue



Delegates between sessions




UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly, speak at an event for "Nelson Mandela International Day" that commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world


Danny Glover, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador


Limpho Monyamane, Director, Nelson Mandela Foundation



The HLPF meeting is suspended briefly as delegates evacuate the UN building due to a fire alert


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

Danny Glover, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador







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