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2017 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2017)

10-19 July 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Monday, 17 July 2017

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres joins the discussions at HLPF 2017 as the High-level Segment begins

The opening session of the High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Ministerial Segment of the 2017 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) took place on Monday morning. Reporting by Ministerial Chairs on the Regional Forums on Sustainable Development, and two sessions on Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), followed.

In the afternoon, the UN Secretary-General’s report on the theme of the ECOSOC 2017 session (“Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions through promoting sustainable development, expanding opportunities and addressing related challenges”), and the report on the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) were presented, followed by a general debate. In parallel, an additional two sessions on VNRs took place. In total, 12 countries presented VNRs on Monday: Brazil, Luxembourg, Nepal, Monaco, Japan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Kenya, the Netherlands, Chile, and Malaysia.

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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Opening of the High-Level Segment


Plenary is full to capacity as the High-level Segment begins


Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA)

UN Secretary-General António Guterres


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

Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University


Delegates applaud the keynote speakers


Marie Chatardová, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the UN, and Vice President of ECOSOC

Jürgen Schulz, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN, and Vice President of ECOSOC


Cristián Barros Melet, Permanent Representative of Chile to the UN, and Vice President of ECOSOC

Nabeel Munir, Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, and Vice President of ECOSOC


View of plenary from the dais


Reporting by Ministerial Chairs on the Regional Forums on Sustainable Development


View of the dais during the session


Laurence Monnoyer-Smith, Commissioner-General for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea, France

Lahcen Daoudi, Minister of General Affairs and Governance, Morocco


Francisco Guzmán Ortiz, Head of the Office of the President, Mexico

Rosemarie Edillon, Undersecretary for Planning and Policy, National Economic and Development Authority, the Philippines

Gervais Meatchi, Director of Planning and Development, Togo



Presentation of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs)


12 countries present their VNRs throughout the day


Romain Schneider, Minister for Development, Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, and Carole Dieschbourg, Minister of Environment, Luxembourg

Adil Najam, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University


Min Bahadur Shrestha, Vice Chairman of National Planning Commission, Nepal

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

 José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho, Ministry of Environment, Energy, Science, and Technology, Brazil



Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of National Development Planning, Indonesia

Serge Telle, Minister of State, Monaco

Fumio Kishida, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan


Abul Kalam Azad, Principal SDG Coordinator, Prime Minister's Office, Bangladesh

Lilianne Plouman, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Netherlands

Olga Marta Sánchez Oviedo, Minister of Planning and Economic Policy, Costa Rica


Marcos Barraza, Minister of Social Development, Chile

Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Malaysia

Irungu Nyakera, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Kenya



High-Level General Debate


Delegates gather in the Trusteeship Council for the High-level debate


Marie Chatardová, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the UN, and Vice President of ECOSOC

Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)


Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development

José Antonio Ocampo, Chair of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP)

Luck Mulusa, Minister of National Development Planning, Zambia, speaking on behalf of landlocked developing countries (LLDCs)


Alenka Smerkolj, Minister without portfolio responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion, Slovenia

Andrés Mideros, National Secretary of Planning and Development, Ecuador, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China


Miguel Ángel Moir Sandoval, Minister of Planning, Guatemala

Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand

Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, Sri Lanka, speaking on behalf of the Group of 15


Kęstutis Navickas, Minister of Environment, Lithuania

Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa



Around the Venue


Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, speaks with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Peter Thomson, President of the UNGA


Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General, DESA

UN Secretary-General António Guterres


Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN

Marie Chatardová, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the UN, and Vice President of ECOSOC, with Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe to the UN, and President of ECOSOC


Carole Dieschbourg, Minister of Environment, Luxembourg


Delegates stand at the back of plenary


Security around the venue

Zaheer Fakir, South Africa, speaks with Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University


Abdullah Abu Shawesh, State of Palestine

Martijn Visser and Max van Deursen, Youth Representatives for Sustainable Development, the Netherlands



Delegates between sessions




Around the UN Headquarters




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