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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 Tuesday, 17 July 2018

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HLP 2018

Prime Minister Komi Sélom Klassou, Togo, shakes hands with
Lyonpo Namgay Dorji, Minister of Finance, Bhutan

The High-level Segment/ Ministerial Meeting of HLPF 2018 on Tuesday included three sessions on Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), where 21 countries presented their reports: Albania, Latvia, Niger, Sudan, Armenia, Ireland, Namibia, Jamaica, State of Palestine, Togo, Bhutan, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Australia, Andorra, Canada, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), and Senegal.

In the afternoon, the general debate continued in parallel.

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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Voluntary National Reviews


View of the Trusteeship Chamber during the VNR presentations


Prime Minister Komi Sélom Klassou, Togo

Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Ireland


Arvils Ašeradens, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Economics, Latvia

Senida Mesi, Deputy Prime Minister, Albania

Gamal Mahmoud Alrayah, Minister of Urban Planning, Sudan


Álvaro García Rodríguez, Minister of Budget and Planning, Uruguay

Doris Leuthard, Minister of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication, Switzerland

Sandith Samarasinghe, Minister Delegate of the Minister of Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development, Sri Lanka



Aïchatou Boulama Kané, Minister of Planning, Niger

Lyonpo Namgay Dorji, Minister of Finance, Bhutan


Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN

Gillian Bird, Permanent Representative of Australia to the UN

Ararat Mirzoyan, First Deputy Prime Minister, Armenia


Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lao PDR

Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Canada

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



Maria Ubach Font, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andorra

Pearnel Charles Jr., Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica


Isidoro Santana, Minister of Economy, Planning and Development, Dominican Republic

Obeth Kandjoze, Minister of Economic Planning and Director-General of the National Planning Commission, Namibia

Hala El Helmy Said, Minister for Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, Egypt



General Debate


Delegates gather for the General Debate


Jerry Matthews Matjila, Vice-President of ECOSOC

Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa


Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing, Finland

Miguel Ángel Moir Sandoval, Secretary of Planning and Programming, Guatemala

Masagos Zulkifli, Minister of Environment and Water Resources, Singapore


Kim Eun-kyung, Minister of Environment, Republic of Korea

Nabeela Tunis, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Sierra Leone



Around the Venue



Pennelope Beckles, Trinidad and Tobago, speaks with a delegate

Delegates from Turkmenistan


Lynn Wagner and Kali Taylor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

José da Silva Gonçalves, Minister of Tourism and Transport, and Maritime Economy, Cabo Verde, speaks with a delegate


Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, Canada


Mohamed bin Ibrahim Yousif Al Mutawa, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Bahrain

Hoesung Lee Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), seen around the venue


Leslie Wade, UN DESA


Delegates between sessions



'Sustainable Development Geek,' developed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation,
is a game inspired by the SDGs with more than 100 questions to test your knowledge and wit




Dark skies are seen from the windows of UN Headquarters as a heavy storm develops in the afternoon




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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).