High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

11-20 July, UN Headquarters, New York

The United Nations’ High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is happening 11-20 July at UN Headquarters in New York. It’s the essential platform for guiding global efforts to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by all member states in September 2015.

This year’s forum is the first since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The session will include voluntary reviews of 22 countries and thematic reviews of progress already made toward the Goals—and some significant progress truly has been made. To draw attention to this forward progress and the forum, we’ll highlight the work done in one country toward each of the 17 SDGs every day from 4 July until the forum concludes on 20 July. You can follow the conversation on our Twitter and Facebook accounts using hashtag #17days17goals.

Check back every day through 20 July to find out what the UN, its agencies, Member States and civil society are doing for the SDGs!

Visit the official High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

Visit the related ECOSOC 2016 High-level Segment website:   https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2016

Member State inputs to the 2016 HLPF: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/inputs 


Photo: In rural Georgia, more people are earning sustainable incomes through agricultural training and improved access to local markets.

Goal 1: No Poverty
4 July 2016
Country: Georgia

Under the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD), UNDP promotes agriculture development in Georgia’s Ajara Autonomous Republic as a foundation for food security, sustainable production and rural employment. The programme, expected to be completed by mid-2016, focuses on the assistance to small farmers and runs in close cooperation with the Ajara Government and the Ajara Agroservice Centre.



Goal 2: Zero Hunger
5 July 2016
Country: Philippines

According to the Philippines’ input to the HLPF, local civil society organizations this spring held a Voters’ Education Forum on Food and Nutrition Security which identified food and nutrition security policy proposals for prioritization in the legislative agenda of the next Congress.


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Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
6 July 2016
Country: Republic of Korea

In 2016, the Republic of Korea launched its “Safe Life for All” initiative, which builds on the goals to make this world safe and secure from infectious diseases. It aims to support the enhancement of health security partner countries to proactively prevent infectious diseases, detect them as early as possible, and respond rapidly to public health crises.


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Goal 4: Quality Education
7 July 2016
Country: Norway

According to Norway’s input to the 2016 High-level Political Forum, global education—particularly girls’ education and education in emergencies—is one of their top priorities. The country announced recently it intends to allocate NOK 400 million (USD 48 million) for education in Syria and its neighbouring countries Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq for the period 2016–2018. It is planned that NOK 200 million of this funding, channelled through UNICEF, will be provided this year.


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Goal 5: Gender Equality
8 July 2016
Country: Samoa

Last February, Samoans elected outright four women to its parliament—the most women ever—and the country’s ruling Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) selected Fiame Naomi Mata’afa to be the country’s first female deputy prime minister.


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Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
9 July 2016
Country: Sierra Leone

A UNICEF-supported rehabilitation project, with the help of NGO partner Living Water, brought clean water to the Harry C. Primary School in Masorie, Sierra Leone, this April for the first time in a decade. In its input document to the 2016 High-level Political Forum, Sierra Leone says access to safe drinking water increased from 36.7 percent in 1990, to 62.6 percent in 2015.


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Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
10 July 2016
Country: Estonia

In its input to the High-level Political Forum, Estonia points out its success in the heating sector, where a high share of renewable energy is used. Now the Baltic country is pushing ahead with ambitious plans for an offshore wind park in the Baltic Sea.


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Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
11 July 2016
Country: Togo

Togo and UNDP in January 2016 announced the creation of the Community Development Emergency Programme to provide more than US$250 million over three years for the rural and vulnerable populations who make up nearly 62 per cent of the country’s population. The programme plans to involve communities in the development of basic socioeconomic infrastructures and rural entrepreneurship.