The 8 days concluded with a Ministerial Declaration. The Ministerial Declaration did not happen by consensus as was hoped for but required a vote. It was adopted by 164 votes in favour and 2 against (Israel and the United States) and no abstentions.
The Russian Federation requested a recorded vote to delete paragraph 16 on gender equality. 134 Member States voted to retrain the paragraph, 10 were against and there were 10 abstentions.
UN Water in its report noted that the world is not on track with water and sanitation READ SDG6_SR_2018_3_highlights_web_ENG and makes suggestions as to what to do. Secretary General, Antonio Guterres addressing the HLPF said that while much progress has been made, the world has also backtracked in areas that are fundamental to the shared pledge to leave no one behind. For the first time in a decade, the number of people who are undernourished has increased, gender inequality continues to deprive women of basic rights, and investment in sustainable infrastructure remains “entirely inadequate” – all amid runaway climate change, eroding human rights and persistent pockets of poverty.
If you have not already reviewed Good Shepherd engagement with the SDG’s the document is here in English and Spanish Report HLPF 2018 GSIJP Office Final and Spanish Report HLPF 2018 GSIJP Office Final