Highlights and images for 18 July 2017


On Tuesday, five sessions on Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) took place – three in the morning and two in the afternoon – during the Ministerial Segment of the 2017 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). In total, 16 countries presented VNRs: Belgium, Benin, Peru, Guatemala, Italy, Zimbabwe, the Czech Republic, Jordan, Thailand, Argentina, Belarus, Portugal, Uruguay, Nigeria, Panama, and Sweden. In parallel, the General Debate took place in the afternoon, with 39 countries making statements.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports from HLPF 2017 and also produced a summary and analysis report, which is available in HTML and PDF.

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Presentation of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs)

Delegates gather to listen to country presentations on VNRs

Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecommunications and Postal Services, Belgium

Javier Abugattás Fatule, President of the Board of Directors, National Centre for Strategic Planning, Peru

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

Miguel Ángel Moir Sandoval, Minister of Planning, Guatemala

Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe to the UN, and President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Gilbert Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Gian Luca Galletti, Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea Protection, Italy

Andrés Mideros, National Secretary of Planning and Development, Ecuador

Obert Mpofu, Minister of Micro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Zimbabwe

Jessica Espey, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

Richard Brabec, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment, Czech Republic

Imad Fakhoury, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Jordan

Álvaro García, Minister of Budget and Planning, Uruguay

Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand

Claire Melamed, Executive Director, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD)

Ardalan Shekarabi, Minister for Public Administration, Sweden

Gabriela Agosto, Executive Secretary, National Council for the Coordination of Social Policies, Argentina

Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Presidential Senior Special Advisor on the SDGs, Nigeria

Teresa Ribeiro, Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs, Portugal

László Borbély, State Counsellor, Romania

Marianna Shchetkina, Deputy Chairman, Council of the Republic of the National Assembly, Belarus

María Luisa Navarro, Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation, Panama

High-Level General Debate

View of the dais during the High-Level General Debate

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

Ghada Fathi Ismail Wali, Minister of Social Solidarity, Egypt

Jorge Ramón Hernández Alcerro, Minister Coordinator General, Honduras

Marcos Barraza, Minister of Social Development, Chile

Abdullahi Majeed, Minister of State for Environment and Energy, Maldives

Jean Max Rakotomamonjy, President of the National Assembly, Madagascar

Hlangusemphi Dlamini, Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Swaziland

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

Abdul Sattar Murad, Minister of Economy, Afghanistan

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iran

Around the Venue

Delegates between sessions

UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly, speak at an event for "Nelson Mandela International Day" that commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world

Danny Glover, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador

Limpho Monyamane, Director, Nelson Mandela Foundation

The HLPF meeting is suspended briefly as delegates evacuate the UN building due to a fire alert

Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe to the UN, and President of ECOSOC

Danny Glover, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador