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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 Monday, 16 July 2018

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HLP 2018

Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General, Economic and Social Affairs, and Miroslav Lajčák, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), at the start of the high-level segment

The High-level Segment/ Ministerial Meeting of HLPF 2018 opened on Monday at UN Headquarters in New York. The opening session was followed by two sessions on Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), where 14 countries presented their reports: Ecuador, Kiribati, Lithuania, Mali, Guinea, Greece, Mexico, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Benin, Cabo Verde, Slovakia, Bahrain, Colombia, and Viet Nam. A parallel session in the afternoon included:

  • reporting on regional forums;
  • an address by the President of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA);
  • an introduction to the UN Secretary-General’s reports on the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) main theme and thematic discussion; and
  • an introduction to the report of the Committee for Development Policy.

A general debate started on Monday afternoon.

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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Opening of the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC / Ministerial Segment of HLPF


View of the dais during the opening of the high-level segment


Miroslav Lajčák, President of the UNGA

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed


Marie Chatardová, President of ECOSOC

Michelle Yeoh, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador and Actress

Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth


Delegates gather for the opening of the High-Level Segment


Voluntary National Reviews



Mahamane A. Maiga, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mali

José Augusto Briones, National Secretary of Planning and Development, Ecuador


Socrates Famellos, Alternate Minister of Environment and Energy, Greece

Teuea Toatu, Minister for Finance and Economic Development, Kiribati

Kęstutis Navickas, Minister of Environment, Lithuania


Delegates watch a video about fabrics made from sustainable wood fibers,
presented by Michelle Yeoh, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and Actress


Kanny Diallo, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Guinea

Abdullah Naser Lootah, Director General, Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, UAE


Luis Fernando Mejía Alzate, Minister of National Planning, Colombia

José da Silva Gonçalves, Minister of Tourism and Transport, and Maritime Economy, Cabo Verde

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


Francisco Guzmán Ortiz, Head of the Office of the President, Mexico

Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Mutawa, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Bahrain


Richard Raši, Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Information, Slovakia

Nguyen The Phuong, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Planning and Development, Viet Nam



Reporting on Regional Forums


Delegates gather in the Trusteeship Council for the report on regional forums


Jerry Matthews Matjila, Vice-President, ECOSOC

Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Georgia


Mame Thierno Dieng, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Senegal

Ghassan Hasbani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, Lebanon

Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Cuba


Siim Kiisler, President of UNEA, and Minister of Environment, Estonia

Michael Gerber, Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development, Federal Department for Foreign Affairs, Switzerland



General Debate


View of the dais during the general debate


José Antonio Ocampo, Chair, UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP)

Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Egypt, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China


Alicia Beatriz Pucheta de Correa, Vice-President, Paraguay, speaking on behalf of the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs)

Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, EU

President Thomas Esang Remengesau Jr., Palau, speaking on behalf of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS)



Around the Venue


Sergio Bergman, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina


UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed speaks with delegates


Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General, Economic and Social Affairs, speaks with Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN

Erik Solheim, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, and Jamil Ahmad, UNEP



Reinaldo Salgado, Brazil, speaks with a delegate

Delegates from Kyrgyzstan


Delegates from Jamaica

Delegates from Guinea


Ibrahim Thiaw, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser for Sahel


Delegates between sessions




An exhibition about the New Urban Agenda and the 'Right to the City' encourages people to understand the
linkages between SDGs, and how these relate to creating sustainable cities




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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).