Highlights and images of main proceedings for 11 July 2016

Summary

The 2016 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) opened on Monday, 11 July 2016, at UN Headquarters in New York.

Following an opening plenary, the first day started with a session on “Where do we stand at year one” of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015. This was followed by three sessions related to the 2016 HLPF theme of “Ensuring that no one is left behind,” on: “Envisioning an inclusive world in 2030”; “Lifting people out of poverty and addressing basic needs”; and “Fostering economic growth, prosperity, and sustainability.”

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Opening Plenary

Delegates during the opening session

Oh Joon, Permanent Representative of the
Republic of Korea to the UN and President of the UN
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General
for Economic and Social Affairs

Session 1: Where do we stand at year one?

Panelists for Session 1: Where do we stand at year one?

Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Moderator Paula Caballero Gomez,
World Bank

Debapriya Bhattacharya,
Centre for Policy Dialogue

Martin Tsounkeu, Africa Development
Interchange Network (ADIN)

José María Viera,
World Blind Union (WBU)

Oriana López Uribe,
Women's Major Group

Macharia Kamau, Kenya

Joy Aguilar, Major Group
for Children and Youth

Session 2: Envisioning an inclusive world in 2030

Panelists for Session 2: Envisioning an inclusive world in 2030

Ion Jinga, Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN
and Chair of the 54th session of the Commission for Social Development

Moderator Lisa Foster,
US Department of Justice

Alvaro Esteban Pop Ac, Chair of the 15th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

Onalenna Selolwane, Mosadi Khumo Socio-Economic Empowerment
Forum for Women

Ibrahim Ismail Abdallah,
Arab Organization of Persons
with Disability (AOPD)

Uchita de Zoysa, Sri Lanka

Anna Ballance, EU

Chair Héctor Alejandro Palma Cerna, Deputy Permanent Representative of Honduras to the UN and Vice President of ECOSOC

Session 3: Lifting people out of poverty and addressing basic needs

Panelists for Session 3: Lifting people out of poverty and addressing basic needs

Alice Albright, Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

Moderator Sarina Prabasi, WaterAid America

 Michael Park, Aspen Institute

Chair Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN and Vice President of ECOSOC

Cristina Diez, International Movement
ATD Fourth World

Xie Zhangwei, China

José De Souza, Benin

Rajul Pandya-Lorch, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Grace Balawag, Indigenous Peoples Major Group

Carla Mucavi, Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO)

Session 4: Fostering economic growth, prosperity, and sustainability

Panelists for Session 4: Fostering economic growth, prosperity, and sustainability

 Tim Jackson, Centre for the Understanding
of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)

Moderator Vinicius Pinheiro,
International Labour Organization (ILO)

 Bart Verspagen, UN University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT)

Wellington Chibebe, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Dyborn Chibonga, National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi (NASFAM)

Around the Venue

Delegates watch discussions from the balcony

A string quartet welcomes delegates to the meeting

Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

Delegates meet before the start of the session

Delegates meet informally throughout the day

Around the UN Headquarters

Participants

Negotiating blocs
European Union
Non-state coalitions
Children and Youth
Farmers
Youth