Ending of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF)

The UN mechanism for reviewing implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (High Level Political Forum – HLPF) ended on July 19th with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration.  The adoption of this declaration affirming what is already committed to was not without political tensions around two issues – foreign occupation and means of implementation.

It is interesting to compare our experience on the ground with all the rhetoric of 8 days.  Good Shepherd is present in 20 of the countries reviewed.  In a survey with 13 responses from the 20 of the countries making voluntary reviews there appears to be some discrepancy between the experience of the 8 days and reaching actual programs with people who are among those furthest behind.  Read our report on on efforts towards linking ministry with national implementation programs – Report HLPF 2017 GSIJP Office

Our analysis of 13 countries as an organizations was part of a bigger survey in preparation for the HLPF which was reported on July 17th  Grassroots

Cecilie was able to live stream the event on Facebook – Click on Event live-streamed

If you are interested in following up on what your government presented you have two options – look at the webcast or read the report.  The Voluntary National Reviews took place over three days July 17, 18 and the 19.  To find the relevant webcast  click HERE and then click on the date.

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July 17th – Voluntary National Review (VNR) 1 Nepal and Brazil;   Webcast    VNR  2 Indonesia and Japan;  Webcast VNR 3 Costa Rica and Kenya;  Webcast   VNR 4 Malaysia and Chile  Webcast

July 18th – VNR 5 Peru;  Webcast  VNR 6 Italy and Guatemala;  Webcast   VNR 7 Czech Republic, Thailand and Argentina; Webcast    VNR  8 Portugal and Uruguay; Webcast        VNR 9 Panama; (Webcast not available)

July 19 – VNR 10 Honduras and India;  Webcast and VNR 13 El Salvador; Webcast

The reports for each country can be accessed  HERE   Screen Shot 2017-07-31 at 7.09.52 PM

A very full account of the proceeding has been prepared by TAP Network  (Transparency, Accountability and Participation Network)   Another very informative way of having some insight into the proceedings are notes from  International Institute for  Sustainable Development  (IISD) – Summary Highlights Daily Coverage. Click IISD   There are some great photographs too!

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HLPF 2017 (High Level Political Forum) has concluded

Yesterday, July 19th the HLPF ended with the adoption of the Ministerial Declaration but not without some challenges.  A vote was requested on paragraphs 4 and 21. Both paragraphs were retained the controversial issues being ‘self determination of people living under foreign occupation and language on multilateral trading systems.  A full account of the session can be READ HERE

The review of SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14 is contained in paragraphs 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 of the Ministerial Declaration  The various paragraphs state the reality, and indicate commitment to close the gaps.   Paragraphs 1 – 13 are a reiteration of promises already made through use of the following verbs  – reaffirm (2), recognize (4), commit (3), foster (1), stress (1), note (1) reiterate (1)  (the number after the verb indicates the number of times the verb is used.)

Paragraphs 20 recognizes that despite some positive development more is needed – coherent policies and an enabling environment for sustainable development at all levels by all actors. The following listing is provided:  difficult macroeconomic conditions, low commodity prices, subdued trade growth and volatile capital flows, but  also natural disasters, climate change, environmental degradation, humanitarian crisis and conflicts.  Having said that yet there is conflict over paragraph 21.

The retention of the whole document is a step forward and much advocacy took place to ensure that there was a ministerial declaration.

 

I signed on this Statement by the Women’s Major Group calling for a strong declaration with full commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls with the Means of Implementation SEE

During the negotiations on the Ministerial Declaration June 15 and 16  I delivered the following statement on behalf of the Women’s Major Group  Statement

During the negotiations I had the following Advocacy Points   Reviewing the ministerial declaration you will see that they were not included.  The most disconcerting one is the continued mention of ‘targeted measures’ in paragraph 14 in the context of a declaration to eradicate poverty, accelerate the pace of implementation, and decisive action is imperative and in response the best we can do is ‘targeted’ measures!  While children and youth are recognized within the Major Group system and there are stakeholders on aging and people with disabilities and a strong emphasis on a life cycle approach I continue to hold that girls are most vulnerable to being left behind and being the ones furthest behind.