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High-Level Event
“Towards Thematic Reviews for an Integrated Follow-Up & Review of the 2030 Agenda”

7-8 July 2016 | New York, US

Highlights for Friday, 8 July 2016

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Daily Web CoverageAbout | 7 Jul | 8 Jul | Summary
A view of New York City

Participants from the High-level Event


On Friday morning, participants discussed concrete actions and recommendations to inform the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) negotiations. Jes Weigelt, IASS, recalled that thematic reviews are uncharted territory and offer room for input. Ivonne Lobos Alva, IASS, outlined suggested recommendations, including: encouraging member states to support the draft resolution and proposed themes for review in 2017-2019; encouraging the use of informal processes and reports; and encouraging member states to consider adding principles for the inclusion of stakeholders in voluntary national reviews.

In a panel discussion, speakers presented ideas how different organizations and sectors can contribute to thematic reviews, including: the FAO Committee on World Food Security (CFS) serving as a platform to review, discuss and implement integrated policy tools; creating a UN task team to integrate civil society; engaging stakeholders to deepen the scope of issues that might be left out by the general review process; viewing rural communities and civil society as active partners and agents of change; outlining a strategy for HLPF review in 2019; and using thematic reviews to monitor crosscutting issues and informing decisions on nexuses, such as that between food water and energy.

During a luncheon, ambassadors of the permanent missions to the UN of Thailand, Mexico and Sierra Leone, and other speakers exchanged views on, among other issues, innovative approaches needed to address the SDGs in an unprecedented context, how to organize collective learning, how to address national priority setting in an overarching way and how informal processes such as the current event can inform the work of HLPF.

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Morning Session: Signposts and Steps to be Taken


Participants during the morning session


Fatuma Ndangiza, former Chairperson, African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Panel of Eminent Persons

Chantal Line Carpentier, UN Conference of Trade and Development (UNCTAD)


Jes Weigelt, IASS

Amira Daoud Hassan Gornass, Chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) (video message)

Ivonne Lobos Alva, IASS


Linda Peake, York University

Carla Mucavi, FAO Liaison Office


Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Stakeholder Forum


Participants actively engage during the session



Lunch Session: Presentation of Outcomes


Delegates gather for the afternoon session


Alexander Müller, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Agriculture and Food, and German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)

Juan Sandoval Mendiolea, Deputy Permanent
Representative of Mexico to the UN


Virachai Plasai, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the UN

Sarah Cliffe, New York University

Vandi Chidi Minah, Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the UN


Reinhard Krapp, Minister and Head of the Economic
Department of the German Mission to the UN

Irena Zubcevic, UN Department of Economic
and Social Affairs (UNDESA)


Around the Venue


Participants listen during a session


Participants meet informally throughout the day




The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) team covering the meeting:
Kiara Worth
; Stefan Jungcurt; and Ana Maria Lebada



Views of New York City from the venue




Daily Web CoverageAbout | 7 Jul | 8 Jul | Summary
Funding for coverage of the High-Level Event “Towards Thematic Reviews for an Integrated Follow-Up & Review of the 2030 Agenda,” has been provided by IASS Potsdam, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
and the Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V.
IASS BMEL FNR