The High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development is underway! July 11-20, 2016

Posted on July 12, 2016

Why is the HLPF important? 

The HLPF is the central platform for the follow-up and review of Agenda 2030 at the global level.[1] This year is the first HLPF session since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) last September 2015. With the theme “leave no one behind,” this year’s session will look at all 17 SDGs.  There will be a five-day expert level session with interactive roundtables and town hall meetings (July 11-15), followed by a three-day ministerial meeting (July 18-20), which will include voluntary reviews of 22 countries – you can see which ones are reporting this year here.  This year volunteering countries are expected to report on steps taken so far at the national level, as well as sharing best practices and lessons learned.The forum will also adopt a Ministerial Declaration, and include thematic reviews of progress on the SDGs, including cross-cutting issues, supported by reviews by the ECOSOC functional commissions and other inter-governmental bodies and forums.  HLPF will also include a range of side events, a Partnership Exchange event, and SDGs Learning, Training and Practice sessions.
You can find the whole program here: the Philippines is one of this year’s volunteering reporting countries, and with thanks to funding support from APWLD and the Women’s Major Group (WMG), WGNRR’s Asia Programme Officer Marevic (Bing) Parcon will be attending this year’s HLPF.  Along with fellow WMG members, Bing will also be participating as a panelist in the side event “Civil Society Participation in National Voluntary Reports: What’s Happening and What’s Possible?” The event will take place on 12 July 2016, 6:15-7:30pm in Conference room B.

Not attending HLPF 2016? 
You can follow HLPF events online here: can also remotely support the work of the WMG to influence strong outcomes on accountability, meaningful civil society participation, and ensuring key principles of human rights, gender equality, and sustainability, among other issues, through engagement on social media. Stay tuned for more details on communications activities!


[1] The modalities for the HLPF are set out in the UN Resolution A/RES67/290.