HLPF 2019 continued into its third day with a thematic review on empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality, focused on the perspectives of society. Interventions by women and stakeholders were noticeably predominant in this session, which addressed four issues:
guiding principles for strengthening the follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda, including HLPF reform;
integration with other crosscutting and thematic processes such as Financing for Development (FfD), Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Forum, Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction;
strengthening the interplay between global and regional processes; and
ensuring vibrant participation and effective dialogue in the voluntary national review (VNR) process at national and global levels.
There were calls for further inclusivity and space for civil society involvement; moving away from tokenism and “tick-boxing”; and honest assessments of global and national processes, moving away from “rose tinted” messages to a more critical review of progress, with space for civil society to present alternative reports. The potential of using regional spaces for better civil society engagement was also recognized.
A session on the science-policy interface followed, with a briefing from the independent group of scientists on the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). Peter Messerli, GSDR Co-Chair, noted uneven progress in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and called for integrated approaches in implementation. The value of science in achieving the Goals, and identifying challenges beyond the Goals; the importance of making science accessible; and the need for scientific institutions to be involved in policy making and resource planning were emphasized.
In the afternoon, a review of implementation and interrelations among SDGs focused on SDG 10 (reduced inequalities). A statistical snapshot of SDG 10 showed that income and other forms of inequality are on the rise. Globally, the bottom 40% receive less than 25% of overall income, and an increasing share of income going to the top 1% in many countries. Meanwhile, 50% of those affected by extreme poverty are children below 14 years. The principles of “leaving no one behind” and “nothing for us, without us” were evoked as essential for achieving SDG 10.
Delegates during the session discussing perspectives of society.
Donovan Guttieres, Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY)
Kira Christianne Danganan Azucena, Vice-President, ECOSOC
Warda Rina, Co-Chair, Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Engagement Mechanism
Pooja Rangaprasad, Civil Society Financing for Development (FfD) Group
Co-Moderators Paola Simonetti, Co-Chair, Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) Steering Group, and Katarina Popovic, Secretary-General, International Council for Adult Education
Jose Viera, CEO, World Blind Union (WBU)
Gisele Fernández Ludlow, Mexico
Flore De Pauw, Youth Delegate, Belgium
Emily Mattheisen, NGO Major Group
Panel speakers during the session, which included a briefing from the Independent Group of Scientists on the 2019 GSDR.
Peter Messerli, Co-Chair, GSDR
Heide Hackmann, CEO, International Science Council
Endah Murniningtyas, Co-Chair, GSDR
Nicola Barker-Murphy, Jamaica
A slide shown during the presentation of the 2019 GSDR “sounds the alarm bell” to scale-up and accelerate SDG implementation.
Moderator Romain Murenzi, Executive Director, World Academy of Sciences
Meera Joshi, outgoing Commissioner, New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission
Stephan Contius, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany
Virginia Murray, Public Health England
Discussion on SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities
Valentin Rybakov, Vice-President, ECOSOC, convened the session, which focused on: best practices for reducing inequality; changing the narrative around SDG 10 to capture the value of equality and inclusion for multiple stakeholders; the interlinkages between SDG 10 and other goals and targets that can be leveraged to reduce inequality; and which dimensions of inequality can be lowered most or least quickly, and which groups are the easiest and most difficult to reach.
Benjamin Rae, Statistics Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)
Moderator Sarah Cliffe, New York University
Martha Chen, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) Network
Justice Edwin Cameron, Constitutional Court of South Africa
Máximo Torero Cullen, Assistant Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)
Eun Mee Kim, Dean, Ewha Womans University, Republic of Korea
Mayra Lisseth Sorto, El Salvador
Mikael Lånström, Finland
Cho Tae-yul, Republic of Korea, speaking on behalf of the Group of Friends of SDG 10
Prudence Kaoma, Zambia
Nalini Singh, Executive Director, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement
Jane Barratt, Secretary-General, International Federation on Ageing
Around the Venue
Delegates speak informally between sessions
Ovais Sarmad, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Deputy Executive Secretary, speaks with Zitouni Ould-Dada, FAO
Abdullah Abu Shawesh, State of Palestine
In the exhibition area, Peace Boat US shares information on their work to build a culture of peace around the world by connecting people across borders and creating opportunities for learning, activism, cooperation, and sustainability, with a particular focus on SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 5 (gender equality), and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).
A display by 'Bridge 47 - Building Global Citizenship' highlights their work advocating for SDG target 4.7, mobilizing global civil society to achieve a 'vision of life-long education that inspires hearts and minds'.
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