Monitoring and Progress

Monitoring and Progress2018-08-31T16:11:30-04:00

The Road to 2030, Achieving the Goals

The SDGs, officially launched in January 2016, reflect a new understanding that development everywhere must integrate economic growth, social well-being and environmental protection. The 17 Goals offer the most practical and effective pathway to address the causes of violent conflict, human rights abuses, climate change and environmental degradation.

Action to achieve the SDGs must take place at many levels, but action at the local level is critical. The High-Level Political Forum serves as the essential global forum for providing political leadership, guidance on achieving the SDGs by 2030 through the sharing of experiences, including success stories on the ground; as well as developing recommendations for strengthening implementation, follow-up and review of the SDGs. In this role, the Forum promotes accountability, fostering an exchange of best practices and supporting international cooperation.

The Forum also provides an opportunity for the international community to review progress on the Goals in regions where there are countries experiencing certain risks and vulnerabilities, such as the Least Developed Countries and the Small Island Developing States.

Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs)

The Forum includes Voluntary National Reviews of the participating countries, which are intended to track and accelerate progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda, with a particular focus on the poorest, most vulnerable and those furthest behind.

Other key elements of the Forum include an annual Progress Report on the SDGs which is issued by the UN Secretary-General. The outcome of the ECOSOC Financing for Development Forum and the multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs will also feed into Forum discussions.

HLPF 2018 – “Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies”

More than a thousand governments, businesses and civil society leaders will gather at the High-Level Political Forum on 9 to 18 July 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York to take stock of progress on the SDGs and discuss challenges and successes. On 16-17 July, the Department of Public Information will have live-streamed interviews and panel discussions in the SDG Media Zone.

Read more about each featured goal on our dedicated HLPF 2018 page and on the Knowledge Platform.

The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following:

Read more about Goal 12

Read more about Goal 6

Read more about Goal 7

Read more about Goal 15

Read more about Goal 17

Read more about Goal 11

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  • The Forum is a multi-stakeholder platform for exchange of experiences in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), identifying gaps and lessons learned. It is also a forum for rallying further action and solutions to this end by all stakeholders.
  • The Forum seeks to enhance the integration of 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 we advance towards achieving the Goals.
  • The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is the essential global forum for providing political leadership, guidance and recommendations on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 SDGs, which were unanimously adopted by world leaders in September 2015.
  • The Forum provides an opportunity for countries, civil society and businesses to highlight the efforts they are taking to achieve the SDGs, and helps translate the vision of the SDGs into reality by looking at what is working and what is not.
  • By serving as a global hub for governments and major groups and stakeholders to exchange ideas and best practices and review progress on the SDGs, the Forum enables countries to accelerate progress toward achieving the goals.
  • The Forum allows for a participatory, 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 and 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.
  • The Forum creates an opportunity to showcase and develop multi-stakeholder partnerships around the SDGs.
  • 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: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Benin, Bhutan, Cabo Verde, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Namibia, Niger, Paraguay, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, State of Palestine, Sudan, Switzerland, Togo, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Viet Nam.
  • Since 2016 which marks the first-time countries presented their plans to achieve the SDGs, approximately 113 plans have been presented.
  • Three 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.

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