Opening the first meeting of the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development since the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today outlined the tasks before the body and called for stronger commitment to accomplish its mandated tasks.
“A strong Forum means faster progress towards the attainment of the 17 ambitious and indivisible Sustainable Development Goals towards inclusive, equitable, and prosperous societies for all,” said ECOSOC President Oh Joon in his remarks.
The High-Level Political Forum will be held from 11 to 20 July at UN Headquarters in New York and it will also include a three-day Ministerial Segment, from 18 to 20 July, which coincides with the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC’s annual session.
Recalling the theme of Forum, ‘Leaving No One Behind,’ Mr. Oh said that the body will assess the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, a year after its adoption.
He noted that the deliberations will focus on enhancing national ownership around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), mainstreaming it in development plans, integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development, addressing challenges in mobilizing means of implementation, and harnessing science, innovation and technology for advancing the Goals.
He further noted that the regional perspective in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda will also be explored in the discussions.
“At the same time, we will assess progress on ensuring that the 2030 Agenda delivers for countries in special situations and facing specific challenges, such as small islands developing States,