Accelerating action toward 2030
The UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is the main global forum for reviewing successes, challenges and lessons learned on achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – and for countries to present their Voluntary National Reviews.
In 2019, the High-level Political Forum will be convened twice: first under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (9-18 July 2019); and then under the auspices of the General Assembly, at the Head of State-level (24-25 September 2019) – the first SDG Summit since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015.
9-18 July 2019
Under the theme “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality,” 47 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews at the 2019 Forum, 40 of them for the first time. So far, more than a hundred countries have presented on their efforts to advance the 2030 Agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals under in-depth review this July are Goals 4, 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17.
On 9-10 July the SDG Media Zone will feature live interviews with content creators, influencers and media partners to highlight actions and solutions in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
24-25 September 2019
The first High-level Political Forum under the auspices of the General Assembly – the SDG Summit — will allow world leaders from government and other sectors to identify plans to accelerate action to transform our societies and economies, as we enter a decisive decade of action and delivery, leading up to the 2030 deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs)
The Voluntary National Reviews aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences by governments, including successes, challenges and lessons learned in implementing the 2030 Agenda. They also seek to strengthen policies and mobilize support and partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals. Forty-seven countries are expected to present their reviews in July. So far, more than a hundred countries have presented their efforts to advance the 2030 Agenda. The new Report is expected end of June 2019.
- The Forum is an annual gathering of ministers, businesses, civil society and other partners in July who share their experiences and plans for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while identifying challenges and successes.
- Called the largest gathering on SDG implementation, the Forum represents a pivotal moment for tracking progress, highlighting solutions to the world’s greatest challenges and accelerating momentum at both the global and local levels. It seeks to put a spotlight on the interlinkages between the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
- The Forum also provides a platform for the creation of multi-stakeholder partnerships and the promotion of international cooperation as the world advances towards achieving the Goals.
- The Forum serves as a global hub for governments and major groups and stakeholders to exchange ideas and best practices and review progress on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, which were unanimously adopted by world leaders in September 2015.
- It enables countries to accelerate progress toward achieving the goals.
- A central feature of the Forum is the national plans (Voluntary National Reviews) that Member States present which showcase their work on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the SDGs.
- The Forum provides an opportunity for countries, civil society and businesses to highlight the efforts they are taking to achieve the SDGs and helps ensure that these SDGs remain relevant and ambitious. It focuses on the assessment of progress, achievements and challenges faced by both developed and developing countries.
- This year’s Forum will not only meet in July but also under the auspices of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly in September — the SDG Summit — which will be at the level of heads of state and government.
- The Forum will also set the stage for other high-level events during the UN General Assembly: the Climate Action Summit and the high-level meetings on Financing for Development, Universal Health Coverage and the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway.
- The Forum allows for an inclusive, transparent and integrated follow-up and review framework at the global level that will help countries to maximize and track progress in implementing the Goals to ensure that no one is left behind.
- At the Forum, countries present the progress as well as the obstacles they face in implementing the Goals.
- The Forum helps translate the vision of the Goals into reality by providing political leadership and recommendations and sharing experiences and lessons learned.
- The Forum brings together Member States, UN system, civil society, NGOs, the private sector and other stakeholders to discuss progress and review successes.
- This year’s Forum, which takes place between 9-18 July at United Nations Headquarters in New York, has as its theme, “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.
- A set of Goals will be reviewed in depth: Goal 4 (Quality Education), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 10 (Reducing inequalities), 13 (Climate Action) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions). Goal 17 (Partnerships) is considered each year.
- The 2019 Sustainable Development Goals Report will also be launched at the Forum, presenting new data and showing how actions undertaken around the world over the past four years have begun to produce results.
- A number of major special events will take place on the sidelines of the Forum to engage more stakeholders with the SDGs
- More than two thousand participants will be attending this year’s Forum. Ministers from both developed and developing countries will present their national plans (reviews) for implementing the SDGs.
- Civil society, the private sector, academia and other stakeholders will attend and provide major inputs at the Forum.
- This year, 47 countries, both developed and developing, will be presenting their voluntary reviews. They are: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Congo (Republic of the), Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Eswatini, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Iceland, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint. Lucia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania and Vanuatu.
- From the adoption of the SDGs in 2015 to the conclusion of this year’s Forum, nearly 142 countries will have submitted their reviews, showing immense support for delivering on the SDGs
- Some countries have presented their reviews more than once.
- These reviews are voluntary and demonstrate the commitment of the international community to mobilize efforts towards achieving the Goals.
- Reviews by countries at the Forum provide the opportunity to mobilize support to overcome shared challenges, identify new and emerging issues and provide recommendations for implementing the Goals.
- The presentation of reviews is a peer learning experience and can spur further action to implement the SDGs.
- Success in achieving the SDGs will help to address some of the most pressing global challenges, such as climate change, providing a better life for women and men and building a firm foundation for stability and peace in all societies, everywhere.