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

10-19 July 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York

Summary Highlights for HLPF 2017, 10-19 July 2017

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A view of UN Headquarters, venue of HLPF 2017

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A view of UN Headquarters, venue of HLPF 2017

Delegates speak informally as the final draft of the ministerial declaration is discussed


Highlights for Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The 2017 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) concluded on Wednesday, following four further sessions on Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), and the High-Level General Debate. A Ministerial Declaration focusing on the theme of “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” was adopted during the closing session, after voting on paragraphs relating to: peaceful, just and inclusive societies, including the removal of obstacles to the full realization of the right of self-determination of peoples living under colonial and foreign occupation; and means of implementation, including promotion of a universal, rules-based, multilateral trading system. The Declaration was adopted with both paragraphs intact.

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The Trusteeship Council is full to capacity as delegates attend the closing plenary


Delegates read the final version of the draft ministerial declaration


Delegates vote for retaining paragraphs on: peaceful, just and inclusive societies, including the removal of obstacles to the full realization of the right of self-determination of peoples living under colonial and foreign occupation; and means of implementation, including promotion of a universal, rules-based, multilateral trading system


Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe to the UN, and President of ECOSOC, gavels the adoption of the Ministerial Declaration


Delegates applaud the adoption of the Ministerial Declaration and the Report of the HLPF


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


Highlights for Tuesday, 18 July 2017

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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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


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

Ghada Fathi Ismail Wali, Minister of Social Solidarity, Egypt


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



Highlights for Monday, 17 July 2017

The opening session of the High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Ministerial Segment of the 2017 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) took place on Monday morning. Reporting by Ministerial Chairs on the Regional Forums on Sustainable Development, and two sessions on Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), followed.

In the afternoon, the UN Secretary-General’s report on the theme of the ECOSOC 2017 session (“Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions through promoting sustainable development, expanding opportunities and addressing related challenges”), and the report the Committee on Development Policy (CDP) were presented, followed by a general debate. In parallel, an additional two sessions on VNRs took place. In total, 12 countries presented VNRs on Monday: Brazil, Luxembourg, Nepal, Monaco, Japan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Kenya, Netherlands, Chile, and Malaysia.

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Plenary is full to capacity as the High-Level Segment begins


Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA)

UN Secretary-General António Guterres


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

Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University


Delegates applaud the keynote speakers


Highlights for Friday, 14 July 2017

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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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)


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


Coulibaly Maïmouna Dramé, Mali


Highlights for Thursday, 13 July 2017

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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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


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)


Highlights for Wednesday, 12 July 2017

On Wednesday, the 2017 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) reviewed the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 (good health and well being) and SDG 5 (gender equality). In the afternoon, thematic reviews took place on two topics related to this year’s overall theme of “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”: “Taking forward the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway,” and “How it affects countries in special situations: least developed countries (LDCs) and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs).” The latter thematic review also discussed the special challenges of middle-income countries (MICs).

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View of the dais during the session


Amira Gornass, Chairperson, Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

Moderator Swarnim Waglé, National Planning Commission, Nepal


Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Paula Vivili, Director, Public Health Division, Pacific Community (SPC)

Tuitama Leao Talalelei Tuitama, Minister of Health, Samoa



Highlights for Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The second day of the 2017 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) started with a review of implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 (no poverty) and SDG 2 (zero hunger). In the afternoon, a thematic review on “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world: Multi-stakeholder perspectives,” took place.

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Delegates raise their hands as part of an interactive discussion at the start of the session


Esther Penunia, Secretary General, Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development

Elizabeth Mpofu, General Coordinator, La Via Campesina, Zimbabwe

Patrick Caron, Chair, High-Level Panel of Experts of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS)


Luis Miguel Etchevehere, President, Sociedad Rural Argentina (SRA), and Farmers' Major Group

Verity McGivern, HelpAge International, and Stakeholder Group on Ageing

Louise Kantrow, Permanent Representative to the UN, International Chamber of Commerce, and Business and Industry Major Group


Representatives of the Women's Major Group gather to respect, protect, and promote the work done by women's human rights defenders


Highlights for Monday, 10 July 2017

The 2017 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), opened on Monday, 10 July 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York. Following an opening plenary that reviewed progress on implementing the 2030 Agenda in the first two years since its adoption, key regional and sub-regional players, including representatives of UN Regional Commissions, exchanged regional experiences to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the afternoon, a thematic review on “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world: Addressing multi-dimensions of poverty and inequalities,” took place.

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View of the dais during the opening session


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

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


Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Vice-Chair of the Committee for Development Policy, and Professor of International Affairs, The New School

Robert Johnson, President, Institute for New Economic Thinking

Vivania Ditukana Tatawaqa, Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, Fiji, and representative of the Women's Major Group



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Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the European Union (EU)
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