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UN High-Level Political Forum on SDGs to be held in New York

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TEHRAN, 1 July (UNIC) -- Thousands of government, business and civil society leaders will gather at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development at UN Headquarters in New York from 9 to 18 July to review successes, discuss challenges and mobilise efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Forum is the central platform for tracking progress on the Goals at the global level.

Forty-seven countries – both developed and developing – will speak on the actions they are taking to achieve the Goals during the three-day ministerial meeting from 16 to 18 July when they present their Voluntary National Reviews.

The theme of this year’s Forum is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” and a specific set of Goals will also be reviewed in depth: Goals 6,7, 11,12 and 15, with Goal 17 to be reviewed every year. 

  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

The establishment of the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development was mandated in 2012 by the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), "The Future We Want".

The Forum meets annually under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council for eight days, including a three-day ministerial segment and every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the General Assembly for two days.

As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda encourages member states to “conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels, which are country-led and country-driven” (paragraph 79). These national reviews are expected to serve as a basis for the regular reviews by the HLPF. As stipulated in paragraph 84 of the 2030 Agenda, regular reviews by the HLPF are to be voluntary, state-led, undertaken by both developed and developing countries, and shall provide a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders.

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