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2018 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF 2018)

Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies

9-18 July 2018 | UN Headquarters, New York

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HLP 2018

View of the dais during the 2017 HLPF

Governments will once again meet at the UN Headquarters in New York this July to take stock of progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda. The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) has now met five times and developed a pattern of focusing on select thematic issues, reviewing progress on a few Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and conducting voluntary national reviews (VNRs). A high-level segment of the UN Economic and Social Council during the second week, with ministerial statements, culminates with the adoption of a ministerial declaration.

This year, transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies will be an overarching theme. Investing in and financing SDGs, advancing science, technology and innovation for SDGs, and progress in “leaving no one behind” will also be considered. Five Goals will be reviewed:

  • water and sanitation (Goal 6);
  • energy (Goal 7);
  • sustainable cities (Goal 11);
  • sustainable consumption and production patterns (Goal 12)s; and
  • terrestrial ecosystems (Goal 15).

Our summary and analysis of HLPF 2017 last year highlighted some of the challenges that the process faces in its task. As the Handbook for the Preparation of Voluntary National Reviews launched by the UN indicates, efforts are underway to improve the effectiveness of each of the HLPF elements. Watch this space for our coverage, to see if they bear fruit this year.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily digital coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from HLPF 2018.

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Specific funding for coverage of HLPF 2018 has been provided by the
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the European Union (EU)

IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the European Union and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2018 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Switzerland (Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)), and SWAN International. Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French has been provided by the Government of France, Québec, the Wallonia, and the Institute of La Francophonie for Sustainable Development (IFDD), a subsidiary body of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).