The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the central platform for reviewing progress on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level, will take place on 10-19 July at UN Headquarters in New York. The Forum will bring together UN Member States, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders to review the successes, challenges and lessons learned as the world moves towards achieving the Goals by 2030. On the opening day of the Forum, Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs will brief the media on the expected outcomes of the event.


Press briefing on the 2017 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. For more information on the Forum, please visit:


Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs


Monday, 10 July 2017, 12:30 p.m. EST (during the Spokesperson’s noon briefing)


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The theme for this year’s Forum is “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world.” The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following, including Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development that will be considered each year:

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development



Launch of the 2017 SDGs Report (17 July)

The 2017 Sustainable Development Goals Report will be launched on 17 July at 11:00 am (EST) by Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, and Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. The SDGs Report provides a snapshot of the world’s implementation efforts to date, indicating areas of progress and areas where more action need to be taken to achieve the Goals.

Partnership Exchange (17 July)

In support of the work of the Forum and the Voluntary National Reviews, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), in collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP), is organizing a Partnership Exchange special event on 17 July, to enhance the global partnership for sustainable development. During the event, presenters will show how their multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments can address challenges and needs encountered by countries taking part in the Voluntary National Reviews, by sharing their expertise and lessons learned. For more information, please visit:

Voluntary National Reviews (17-19 July)

44 countries will present their Voluntary National Reviews or plans to achieve the SDGs during the 3-day ministerial meeting from 17-19 July. They are: 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 and Zimbabwe.  The programme and summaries of each country’s actions and plans are available online at:

SDG Business Forum (18 July)

Co-hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), UN DESA and the UN Global Compact, and organized in collaboration with the Global Business Alliance (GBA) for 2030, the second SDG Business Forum will convene leaders from business and government, together with the heads of UN agencies, key international organizations, and civil society groups to delve into the role business will play in delivering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


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