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High-level political forum on sustainable development

12 July 2019
16 July 2019

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The High-level Political Forum, United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies.

The theme will be “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. The set of goals to be reviewed in depth is the following:

Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

An underlying principle of the 2030 Agenda is the multiple interlinkages between the 17 Goals and the need for countries to take an integrated approach to the implementation of the SDGs. Among other things this is recognised in SDG 17 target 14 on policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD). Some 40 countries will be presenting their VNRs (Voluntary National Reviews) at the HLPF this year and a key question for ECDPM is to see how policy coherence is discussed in these reports and in the HLPF as a whole. A number of side-events also explicitly tackle this need to promote policy coherence.

ECDPM’s Fabien Tondel will be facilitating panels at the The OECD Learning Event ‘From silos to synergies: Governance and policy coherence tools for implementing the SDGs in an integrated manner‘.

In addition, Fabien Tondel and Martin Ronceray will be attending the following sessions:

Progress on the 2030 Agenda: Insights from country experiences organised by Southern Voice on Friday 12 July
The OECD/UNEP expert seminar ‘Optimizing the Implementation of the SDGs in the Framework of Integration and Policy Coherence‘ on Saturday 13 July
The OECD Policy Coherence Focal Points meeting on Monday 15 July

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