2021 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Nudhara Yusuf
Nudhara Yusuf

For more information: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2021/high-level-political-forum-sustainable-development

This year's theme will be "Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development".

The meeting of the HLPF in 2021 will be held from Tuesday, 6 July, to Thursday, 15 July 2021, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. This includes the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 13 July, to Thursday, 15 July 2021 as part of the high-level segment of the Council.


The high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) is the core United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The HLPF in 2021 will discuss Sustainable Development Goals 1 on no poverty, 2 on zero hunger, 3 on good health and well-being, 8 on decent work and economic growth, 10 on reduced inequalities, 12 on responsible consumption and production, 13 on climate action, 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, and 17 on partnerships in depth. The Forum will also consider the integrated, indivisible and interlinked nature of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Countries will also carry out voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the 2021 HLPF. For more details, please click here.

Reference Documents

? For an overview and understanding of this year's HLPF, please see HLPF at a Glance and the HLPF Participant “Quick” Guide

? Please find the HLPF Concept Note (latest version as of 2 July 2021) and the latest version of the Annotated Programme with Speakers (as of July 2021). For the daily programme in case of adjustments, please consult the HLPF website and/ or the UN Journal.

? Additionally, please see the Tentative Programme of Side Events (latest version as of 2 July 2021). For the full list of side events that UNDP is associated with, please consult the UNDP HLPF 2021 webpage.

? All main proceedings will be webcast live and made available on demand on UN Web TV (no registration needed).  ​​​​​

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Nadine Ravaud
Nadine Ravaud

Dear colleagues, find below a selection of main HLPF plenary sessions of interest to the SDGi community:
? The SDGs in Time of Crisis: A Sustainable, Inclusive and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19 as an Opportunity to Realize the SDGs, Tuesday, 6 July 2021,10:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT New York. This session will discuss resilience of health systems, equitable access to vaccine; emergency social protection measures; challenges with learning/education; impacts on gender and economic dimensions.
? Looking at the 2020 Targets: Implementation and Review, Wednesday, 7 July 2021,12:15 PM-1:15 PM EDT New York. This session will discuss how to accelerate achievement of SDG targets and how best to reflect the increased ambition coming from related intergovernmental processes while maintaining the integrity of the 2030 Agenda.
? Mobilizing Science, Technology and Innovation and Strengthening the Science-Policy-Society Interface, Friday, 9 July 2021,11:15 AM-1:15 PM EDT New York. This session will explore the existing mechanisms and potential innovations in developing and deploying STI for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing emerging challenges and bridging the digital divide.
? Investing in the SDGs, Monday, 12 July 2021, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM EDT New York. This session will explore concrete policy recommendations that can catalyze investments into the SDGs within the context of pressing debt sustainability challenges faced by developing countries across the globe.
? Scenarios and Possible Medium and Long-term Trends related to the Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Achievement of SDGs, Friday, 16 July 2021, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM EDT New York. This session will explore cooperative, near-term actions for transforming service efficiencies; discuss application of new technologies that have potential long-term positive impacts; and highlight scenarios for achieving sustainable development in the long term.

In addition to the main proceedings, please also find below a selection of HLPF side events:
? What Works and What Doesn't: Reversing Poverty and Inequality in the Midst of a Global Pandemic, Tuesday 6 July 2021, 7:30-9:00 AM EDT New York. This is the main UNDP event, which will emphasize the power of policy choices that avoided deeper development reversals during the COVID-19 pandemic through country examples and new research by UNDP. Register in two clicks here (? https://bit.ly/36hrY2U) and receive the connection details.
? As Governance Crises Worsen COVID-19 Impact, is SDG16 the Key for Recovery?, Tuesday 6 July 2021, 7:30-9:00 AM EDT New York. This side event organized by UNDP with a range of partners will showcase emerging trends on SDG 16 in the context of COVID-19, and SDG 16 interlinkages across the 2030 Agenda. Register in two clicks here (?https://bit.ly/3hh3Kfk).
? Financing Sustainable and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19: The role of Business and the Financial Sector in Delivering Sustainable Development in the Decade of Action, Tuesday 13 July 2021, 8:00-9:00 AM EDT New York. This side event is jointly organized by UNDP, UNCTAD, ILO, UNDESA. Register in two clicks here (?https://bit.ly/3yoZT5N).
? Transforming Systems in the Decade of Action: Action Learning Lab Showcase, Wednesday 14 July 2021, 8:00-9:00 AM EDT New York. This side event organized by UNDP and a range of UN agencies will focus on building systems leadership: what is it and why does it require collaboration? Register in two click here (?https://bit.ly/3hE09qO).

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