High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

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GNDR members and staff are participating in this year’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Organised annually by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, this is where countries come together and review their progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More below about the HLPF 2019.

When: 9-18 July
Where: New York, USA

Throughout the forum we’ll be advocating for risk-informed development. Governments, and others involved in development, must ensure that development plans take into account the potential threats to lives and livelihoods that communities face every day.

At the event, GNDR will be delivering a training session on governance and policy coherence tools. Plus,we’ll be organising a side event with the Sendai Stakeholders Group about best practice examples of inclusive development and multi-stakeholder partnerships focusing on resilience and climate action.

Ahead of the forum, we’ll be publishing new evidence on the risks to sustainable development that world’s most vulnerable communities face. Gathered as part of our Views from the Frontline project, the data draws on over 50,000 local interviews in 50 countries.

Below are the full details of the activities we’ll be involved in at the HLPF in New York. You can also keep up-to-date with our activities by following us on Twitter.

Side event: Sendai Stakeholder contributions to SDG 13 reporting and the Voluntary National Reviews

11 July, 1.15pm-2.45pm

This official side event is organised by the Sendai Stakeholders Group. During the event, two panels will feature speakers from civil society, governments and the private sector working in disaster risk reduction. The first panel will look at good practices of implementing risk-informed development to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The second panel will focus on multi-stakeholder approaches to achieving goal 13.

Training event: Governance and policy coherence tools for implementing the SDGs in an integrated manner

12 July, 3pm-6pm, Conference Room 5

The Sustainable Development Goals can’t be achieved without an understanding of the complex interconnections among the goals and targets. In this training session we’ll share examples of good policy coherence in multi-stakeholder environments. Plus, we'll give participants hands-on opportunities to use the current methodologies, emerging tools and data sets that are helping governments and key stakeholders to break policy silos. GNDR is delivering this training in partnership with UNITAR, the Millennium Institute and OECD.

Views from the Frontline

Directly informed by interviews with community members, civil society organisations and local governments, our new online reports will show trends across six global regions. The data provides valuable insights into whether countries are achieving the Sustainable Development Goals under review at this year’s HLPF.

What is the HLPF?

Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, governments meet each year to take stock of global progress towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Each year governments report their progress, in what are known as Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). This year 47 countries will take part in this reporting exercise.

Each HLPF has a theme and focuses on a select number of the goals. The theme of this year’s event is “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” and will focus on these six goals:

  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth 
  • Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
  • Goal 13: Climate action
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

Civil society and the private sector are also invited to attend the forum and contribute to discussions.

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