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2018 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF 2018)

Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies

9-18 July 2018 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Wednesday, 11 July 2018

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HLP 2018

Members of AITC, a coalition for the care, protection, and conservation of animals, wear animal masks at their exhibition booth

HLPF 2018 continued on Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York. In the morning, two thematic reviews based on the theme of transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies took place:

  • perspectives of small island developing States (SIDS); and
  • perspectives of least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), and middle-income countries (MICs).

In the afternoon, the review of SDG implementation continued, with a session on SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).

For extensive details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily digital coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from HLPF 2018.

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Thematic Review:
Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies - SIDS Perspective


View of the dais during the session


Moderator Elizabeth Thompson, Permanent Representative-designate of Barbados to the UN

Marc Pecsteen, Vice-President of ECOSOC


Alexander Teabo, Minister for Environment, Lands and Agriculture Development, Kiribati

Addys Claribel Then Marte, Executive Director, NGO Alliance

Rhonda Robinson, Deputy Director, Water and Sanitation, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)


Tessa Williams-Robertson, Head, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Unit, Caribbean Development Bank

Adrianus Vlugman, Water Sanitation, Environmental Health, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/ World Health Organization (WHO)



Vishal Luchoomun, Mauritius

Lucas Tavares, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Pennelope Beckles, Trinidad and Tobago, speaking on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)



Thematic Review:
Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies - Perspectives of LDCs, LLDCs and MICs


View of the dais during the session


Moderator Karin Fernando, Center for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), Sri Lanka

Idriss Maïga Alzouma, President, African Disability Forum, and Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities

Maruxa Cardama, Cities Alliance, Belgium


Kaba Urgessa, State Minister for Environmental Sustainability, Ethiopia

Felipe Castro Pachón, Director, Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policy, National Planning Department, Colombia

Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, UN High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS



Tareq Md. Ariful Islam, Bangladesh, speaking on behalf of LDCs

Rubén Escalante Hasbún, El Salvador


Maimuna Kabatesi, NGO Major Group

Bhakta Bishwakarma, Asia-Pacific Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)



Review of SDG Implementation:
SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable



Benjamin Rae, Statistics Division, UN DESA

Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing


Moderator Rohit T. Aggarwala, Columbia University

Jean Todt, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety

Meera Al Shaikh, Member of the SDG 11 Global Council, and Smart Dubai, UAE


Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

Wim Dries, Mayor of the City of Genk, and President, Flemish Association of Local Councils, Belgium


Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs, New York City

Shaila Shahid, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), and Women’s Major Group



Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of State, Housing and Urban Affairs, India

Bogdan Toader, Romania

Pablo Fernández Marmissolle Daguerre, Mexico  



Around the Venue



Elizabeth Thompson, Permanent Representative-designate of Barbados to the UN, and Irena Zubcevic, UN DESA

Delegates from Norway


Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of State, Housing and Urban Affairs, India, speaks with a delegate

A delegate takes a photo of Vani Catanasiga, Fiji Council of Social Services, during an intervention



Delegates between sessions



An exhibition about Singapore's answer to SDG 6: ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


Alan Bigelow, Solar Cookers International, explains how to harness zero-emissions solar energy
to cook food, to two children from Palestine enjoying the exhibits on display





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Specific funding for coverage of HLPF 2018 has been provided by the
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the European Union (EU)
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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 and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2018 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Switzerland (Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)), and SWAN International. Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French has been provided by the Government of France, Québec, the Wallonia, and the Institute of La Francophonie for Sustainable Development (IFDD), a subsidiary body of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).