If you are at the United Nations these days all you will hear is HLPF! HLPF! I know that many people do not like or use acronyms. So what is HLPF? Well the acronym stands for the ‘High Level Political Forum’. Not sure that was a help! The High Level Political Forum is a meeting of all the Member States of the United Nations to assess how the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goal is being achieved. The meeting this year is from July 10 to 19th and is divided into two parts – week one focuses on a thematic review – “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world“. Each of the selected goals will be reviewed. Related issues will also be discussed -(i) multi-dimensional poverty and inequalities; (ii) multi-stakeholders perspectives; (iii) countries specifics – small island states, (iv) least developed countries, land locked countries, and middle income countries; (v) science technology and innovations for SDG’s; (vi) leveraging interlinkages for effective implementation; and (vii) science policy interface and emerging issues .
The program for this year is focusing on achievements, gaps and challenges in implementation of Goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 14 and 17.
Week two of the program gives a pace to 44 countries to make their voluntary national reviews (VNR’s) Afghanistan; Argentina; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belgium; Belize; Benin; Botswana; Brazil; Chile; Costa Rica; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Guatemala; Honduras; India; Indonesia; Iran; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kenya; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Maldives; Monaco; Nepal; Netherlands; Nigeria; Panama; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Slovenia; Sweden; Tajikistan; Thailand; Togo; Uruguay; Zimbabwe. Good Shepherd is present in 20 of the countries presenting reviews. Some are grouping together and presenting as panelist and some are making individual national presentations.
Are you interested in knowing what your country is reporting? Many of the reports – are now available on the WEBSITE Some have the main message but many have provided the full report.
Monday July 17th
- 11.00 – 12.30 Brazil, Luxembourg, Nepal – Q&A
- 12.30 – 2.00 Indonesia Q&A; Japan Q&A; Monaco Q&A
- 3.30 – 5.00 Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Kenya, Netherlands Q&A
- 5.30 – 6.30 Chile Q&A; Malaysia Q&A
Tuesday July 18th
- 9.00 – 10.30 Belgium, Benin, Peru -Q&A
- 10.30 – 12.00 Guatemala, Italy, Zimbabwe – Q&A
- 12.00 – 2.00 Argentina Q&A; Czech Republic Q&A; Jordan Q&A; Thailand Q&A
- 3.30 – 5.00 Belarus Q&A; Portugal Q&A; Uruguay Q&A
- 5.00 – 6.30 Nigeria, Panama, Sweden Q&A
Wednesday July 19th
- 9.00 – 11.00 Ethiopia Q&A; Honduras Q&A; India Q&A Maldives Q&A
- 11.00 – 12.45 Afghanistan Q&A; Azerbaijan Q&A; Belize Q&A; Denmark Q&A
- 12.45 – 2.00 Cyprus, Iran, Togo Q&A
- 3.00 – 5.15 Botswana Q&A; El Salvador Q&A; Qatar Q&A; Slovenia Q&A; and Tajikistan Q&A
(The bold print are countries where Good Shepherd are present) On Wednesday evening just before the closing of the session a ministerial declaration will be adopted.
Sr Donatus Lili from Kenya – the NGO Regional Designate for Africa is currently in New York for the HLPF. Kenya is presenting it Voluntary National Review (VNR) on Monday July 17th. Donatus has been following the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development since her appointment in January 2017.
She has attended a review session with NGO’s at National Level and also was in Addis Ababa for the Regional Review at the Economic Commission for Africa. It is interesting to read both reports.
Donatus is a panelist at a side event entitled ‘Poverty to Prosperity: Shared Stories from NGO’s Working with Communities Tuesday July 11th
Another side event that we are co-sponsoring in collaboration with ATD4th World ‘Participation’
Implementing robust, well financed national floors of social protection is critical to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its goals. The Global Coalition for Social Protection is active during the HLPF – with a number of side events. These are collaborative efforts with Member States, UN Entities and NGO’s.
- Keeping and accelerating the momentum behind universal social protection.
- Promoting sustainable financing strategies for universal social protection floors.
- Invitation to joint action for universal social protection.