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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, 18 July 2018

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HLP 2018

UN Secretary-General António Guterres shakes hands with Marie Chatardová, President, UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), as the 2018 HLPF draws to a close

The 2018 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) concluded on Wednesday, following a full day of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), and the continuation of the High-Level General Debate in the afternoon. A Ministerial Declaration was adopted during the closing session on the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,” after voting on three paragraphs relating to: means of implementation and global partnerships; peace and security; and gender equality. The Ministerial Declaration as a whole was also put to a vote following a request from the US. The Declaration was adopted without any amendments.

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


Delegates during the VNR presentations


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

Prime Minister Hubert Alexander Minnis, The Bahamas


Jadwiga Emilewicz, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology Group, Poland

László Palkovics, Minister of Innovation and Technology, Hungary

Graţiela Leocadia Gavrilescu, Vice Prime Minister, Romania



Carmelo Abela, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Malta

Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Singapore

Teresa Ribera, Minister of Ecological Transition, Spain


Alicia Beatriz Pucheta de Correa, Vice President, Paraguay

Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN

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



General Debate


View of the dais during the General Debate


Jiko Fatafehi Luveni, Speaker of Parliament, Fiji

Tlohelang Aumane, Minister of Development Planning, Lesotho


Sulton Rahimzada, First Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Tajikistan

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

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



Closing of the HLPF


The Trusteeship Council is filled to capacity as delegates gather for the closing session


Marie Chatardová, President of ECOSOC

UN Secretary-General António Guterres


Delegates read the draft Ministerial Declaration



Delegates vote on elements of the Ministerial Declaration


The US raises a point of order during the vote


Kelley Eckels-Currie, US

Sergey Kononuchenko, Russian Federation

Yacov Hadas-Handelsman, Israel


Marc-André Blanchard, Canada

Jan Kickert, EU


Delegates applaud the closure of HLPF


Mandela Day Celebrations


People gather in the ECOSOC Chamber to celebrate "Nelson Mandela International Day" that commemorates
the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world


UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Miroslav Lajčák, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA)


A pin commemorating what would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday


Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation

Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa



Around the Venue


Inga Rhonda King, Vice-President of ECOSOC, speaks with Courtenay Rattray, Jamaica


Delegates from Saudi Arabia

Delegates from Romania wearing their traditional dress


UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Miroslav Lajčák, President of the UNGA


Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa, shares a moment with
Forest Whitaker
, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation



A delegate reads the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) to keep up to date with the HLPF

Roy Lamazon, UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), and May East, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)


Delegates between sessions




The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) ENB team covering the 2018 HLPF: Laura Bullon, Switzerland/Spain; Anju Sharma, India; Ana Maria Lebădă, Romania; Peter Doran, Ireland; and Kiara Worth, South Africa





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