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

10-19 July 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Wednesday, 19 July 2017

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A view of the UN headquarters complex, venue for the High-Level SDG Action Event: Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda
A view of UN Headquarters, venue of HLPF 2017

Delegates speak informally as the final draft of the ministerial declaration is discussed

The 2017 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) concluded on Wednesday, following four further sessions on Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), and the High-Level General Debate. A Ministerial Declaration focusing on the theme of “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” was adopted during the closing session, after voting on paragraphs relating to: peaceful, just and inclusive societies, including the removal of obstacles to the full realization of the right of self-determination of peoples living under colonial and foreign occupation; and means of implementation, including promotion of a universal, rules-based, multilateral trading system. The Declaration was adopted with both paragraphs intact.

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)


View of the dais during the session


Yinager Dessie Belay, Minister for National Planning Commission, Ethiopia

Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairperson, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, India


Ali Ahmadov, Deputy Prime Minister, Azerbaijan

Jorge Ramón Hernández Alcerro, Minister Coordinator General, Honduras

Cristián Barros Melet, Permanent Representative of Chile to the UN, and Vice President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)


Abdul Sattar Murad, Minister of Economy, Afghanistan

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

Omar Figueroa, Minister of State for Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Belize


Prime Minister Komi Sélom Klassou, Togo

Nikos Kuyalis, Minister of Agriculture, Cyprus


Delegates watched videos about the VNRs from different countries


Kristian Jensen, Minister for Finance, Denmark

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

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


Jaime Miranda, Vice Minister for Development Cooperation, El Salvador

Slumber Tsogwane, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Botswana

Nematullo Hikmatullozoda, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Tajikistan



High-Level General Debate


Delegates gather for the third day of the High-Level General Debate


Andrew Doyle, Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Ireland

Nezha El Ouafi, Secretary of State to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Morocco


Amir Muharemi, Assistant Minister for Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Croatia

Álvaro García, Minister of Budget and Planning, Uruguay

Ibrahim Adam Ibrahim, State Minister of Welfare and Social Security, Sudan


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

Ado Lõhmus, Deputy Minister of Environment, Estonia

Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN


Ferenc Dancs, Deputy Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

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



Closing and Adoption of the Ministerial Declaration and the Report of the HLPF


The Trusteeship Council is full to capacity as delegates attend the closing plenary


Observer delegates fill the balcony


Delegates read the final version of the draft ministerial declaration



Delegates vote for retaining paragraphs on: peaceful, just and inclusive societies, including the removal of obstacles to the full realization of the right of self-determination of peoples living under colonial and foreign occupation; and means of implementation, including promotion of a universal, rules-based, multilateral trading system


Vote to include the paragraph on peaceful, just and inclusive societies including the removal of obstacles to the full realization of the right of self-determination of peoples living under colonial and foreign occupation

Vote to include the paragraph on means of implementation including promotion of a universal, rules-based, multilateral trading system


Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe to the UN, and President of ECOSOC, gavels the adoption of the Ministerial Declaration


Delegates applaud the adoption of the Ministerial Declaration and the Report of the HLPF


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


Around the Venue



Jorge Ramón Hernández Alcerro, Minister Coordinator General, Honduras, speaks with Moncef Khane, ECOSOC Secretariat

Alf Wills and Christo Janse van Noordwyk, South Africa


Delegates speak informally

A delegate visits the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) website to keep track of discussions at HLPF 2017



Prime Minister Komi Sélom Klassou, Togo, speaks with delegates

Abdullah K. Tawlah, Saudi Arabia (R), speaks with a delegate


Emele Duituturaga, Fiji, uses an SDG fan on a warm afternoon



Delegates between sessions




The IISD ENB team covering HLPF 2017: Kiara Worth, South Africa; Anju Sharma, India/UK; Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, Nepal; Cleo Verkuijl, the Netherlands/Zimbabwe; and Katie Browne, US




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