The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is taking place from July 11 – 20, at the UN Headquarters in NYC. The HLPF was established by the “Future We Want”, outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, it meets annually and is the central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted at the United Nations Summit on 25 September 2015.

The first Forum after the adoption of the SDGs will be fundament to set precedents and consolidate the modalities for the continued follow-up and review in the upcoming 15 years. Ahead of the HLPF, Member-states have come up with a draft resolution on those modalities, including the annual themes and SDGs addressed in this 4-year cycle review (2016-2019). In this regard, the Local Authorities Major Group regrets that local and regional governments have not been expressly recognized as a relevant constituency to this process, as well as the exclusion of the thematic focus on cities previously planned for 2018.

HLPF 2016 is convened under the theme “Ensuring that no one is left behind”. According to the UN General Assembly resolution 67/290 on the format and organizational aspects of the HLPF, Major Groups and other Stakeholders should play an active role during the Forum, while keeping the intergovernmental nature of the process. Because of that, nrg4SD members, as part of the Local Authorities Major Group, should be able to participate and contribute to the several discussions taking place along the 8 days, through interventions during Q&A sessions, as well as in different side-events and expert panels. Thanks to the support of our partner UCLG (United Cities Local Governments), nrg4SD registered approximately 20 members for the HLPF 2016, from different regions as Catalonia, Gossas, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Azuay and Western Province – over one thousand Major Groups and other Stakeholders representatives have registered.

In regards to the programme, HLPF will be comprised of a 5-day expert level meeting, followed by 3-day ministerial level meeting. During this period, it will also be presented the report of the 22 voluntary national reviews, and yet a Ministerial Declaration will be adopted. Additionally, to support the technical discussions at the Forum, it will be released soon the Global Sustainable Development Report 2016, focusing on the ‘science-policy interface’ and ‘SDGs as integrated system’ as main threads.

Please find the full HLPF 2016 programme here.

Particularly, nrg4SD would like to highlight the following sessions in the official programme, as well as parallel activities to the attention of regional governments:

  • July 10, 9:00 – 15:00, UN Church Center, Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) Preparatory Forum. This will be organized by the MGoS HLPF Coordination Mechanism and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).
  • July 13, 08:30 – 09:30 (tbc) nrg4SD members meeting on the initial efforts for SDGs implementation.
  • July 13, 15:00 – 16:30, HLPF official session on Vertical cooperation – local authorities and national governments working together for implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
  • July 15, 10:00 – 13:00, HLPF official session on From inspiration to action: Multistakeholder engagement for implementation.
  • July 18, 13:15 – 14:30 (pending approval), side-event nrg4SD together with the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments to launch the Roadmap to Localize the SDGs: Implementation at the Subnational level. This publication will bring initial experiences and suggested topics to be addressed by regional governments, in order to start a subnational process around these global goals. Draft agenda here
  • July 18, 09:30 – 17:00, 2016 Partnership Exchange on “Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals through multi-stakeholder partnerships – ensuring that no one is left behind”. nrg4SD will present the RegionsAdapt initiative during this event.

All meetings will be webcast at Voluntary reports and input by Major Groups and other Stakeholders will be posted here. Regions are invited to presented reports using the guidelines included in the previous link. 

Regional governments are fundamental actors to be involved in the implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Considering their constitutional competences and expertise over the specificities of each territory, regions should pursue new or review existing plans and strategies, in order to contribute for the successful achievement of this ambitious transformation of the global development models.



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