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 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.