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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 Thursday, 12 July 2018

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HLP 2018

The 2018 HLPF continued for its fourth day at the UN Headquarters in New York

On Thursday morning, HLPF 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York conducted thematic reviews on:

  • Implementing the SDGs: lessons from the regions; and
  • Perspectives of society: session organized with major groups and other stakeholders.

In the afternoon, the review of SDG implementation continued, with a session on SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production).

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
Implementing the SDGs: Lessons from the Regions


Jerry Matthews Matjila, Vice-President of ECOSOC, welcomed participants to the session


Vera Songwe, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Moderator Alicia Bárcena, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)


Kaveh Zahedi, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Mohamed Ali Alhakim, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)

Olga Algayerova, Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)


Tatyana Valovaya, Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC)

Alma Sinumlag, Cordillera Women's Education and Action Research Center, and Asia-Pacific Civil Society Mechanism



Alastaire Sèna Alinsato, Benin

Patricio Aguirre, Chile

Abdullah Abu Shawesh, State of Palestine



Thematic Review:
Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies
Perspectives of Society: Session Organized with Major Groups and Other Stakeholders


View of the dais during the session


Jolly Amatya, Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY)

Moderator Luisa Emilia Reyes Zuñiga, Co-Chair of the HLPF Coordination Mechanism, and Women's Major Group


Ruben Zondervan, Earth Systems Governance Project, and Science and Technology Major Group

Haydée Rodriguez, Unión de Cooperativas de Mujeres Productoras Las Brumas, and  Sendai Stakeholders

Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of Kitchener, Canada, and Local Authorities Major Group


Vitalice Meja, Reality of Aid Network Africa, and Financing for Development (FFD) Civil Society Group

Sandra Vermuyten, Major Group of Workers and Trade Unions


Verity McGivern, Stakeholder Group on Ageing

Katarina Popović, Education and Academia Stakeholder Group

Sarah Schönfeld, France


Aashish Khullar, MGCY


Review of SDG Implementation:
SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns


Delegates listen during the session


Inga Rhonda King, Vice-President of ECOSOC

Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean


Nur H. Rahayu, Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia

Petra Bayr, Sustainable Development Committee, Parliament of Austria

Shashwat Sapkota, Statistics Division, UN DESA


Jane Nyakang’o, President, African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)

Moderator Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist, UN DESA


Julius H. Cainglet, Federation of Free Workers, and Workers and Trade Unions Major Group

Amy Luers, Executive Director, Future Earth

Ulf Jaeckel, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Germany, and 10YFP Board Member



İzzet Ari, Turkey

Annika Lindblom, Finland


René Castro, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Sabina Wakio Maghanga, Kenya



Around the Venue



Delegates between sessions




Tosi Mpanu Mpanu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, speaks with a delegate

Delegates speak informally



A delegate reads the Earth Negotiations Bulletin to keep up to date with the meeting


An exhibition by the Alliance for Responsible Denim promotes sustainable consumption and production by reminding people to consume consciously







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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)
SDC EU

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).