United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
AbbreviationHLPF
Formation9 July 2013; 10 years ago (2013-07-09)
TypeIntergovernmental organization, Regulatory body, Advisory board
Legal statusActive
HeadquartersNew York, USA
Parent organization
United Nations Economic and Social Council
United Nations General Assembly
WebsiteHLPF on sustainabledevelopment.un.org
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The United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is a subsidiary body of both the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Economic and Social Council responsible for the entire organization's policy on sustainable development. It adopts negotiated declarations, reviews commitment and the progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs or Global Goals). The Forum replaced the Commission on Sustainable Development on the 24 September 2013 [1] Meetings of the Forum are open to all Member States of the United Nations.

Mandate and tasks

As the Forum is held under the authority of both the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly, the body hosts two different types of meetings:

The HLPF was created with the aim to strengthen sustainable development governance at the United Nations. It works to achieve this through its mandate, which states the following in respect to sustainable development:

Resolution A/RES/66/288:[2]

Resolution A/RES/67/290:[3]

Sustainable Development Commitments Review

The Forum is responsible for the follow up and the review of progress of implementation of the following sustainable development commitments:[2]

As well as the relevant outcomes of other United Nations summits and conferences.

Meeting themes

Every year since 2013, the HLPF has held a session. The meetings are held in July. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the forum took place virtually in 2020 for the first time.[4]

Year Auspices Dates Theme Ref
2021 ECOSOC 6-15 July 2021 "Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development" [5]
2020 ECOSOC 7-16 July 2020 "Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development" (due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the forum took place virtually in 2020 for the first time). [6]
2019 GA 24 Sep – 25 Sep SDG Summit [7]
2019 ECOSOC 9 Jul – 18 Jul Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality [8]
2018 ECOSOC 9 Jul – 18 Jul "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies"

The forum focused on six of the 17 goals: SDG 6, SDG 7, SDG 11, SDG 12, SDG 15 and SDG 17[9]

[10]
2017 ECOSOC 10 Jul – 19 Jul Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world [11]
2016 ECOSOC 11 Jul - 20 Jul Ensuring that no one is left behind [12]
2015 ECOSOC 26 Jun – 8 Jul Strengthening integration, implementation and review - the HLPF after 2015 [13]
2014 ECOSOC 30 Jun - 9 Jul Achieving the MDGs and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the SDGs [14]
2013 GA 24 Sep Building the future we want: from Rio+20 to the post-2015 development agenda [15]

History

The HLPF has its origin in the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which was created in 1992 to ensure follow-up of the Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).[16] This Commission met a total of 20 times, with its last session on 20 September 2013.

At the 2012 Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, it was decided that the Commission would be replaced by the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. This new Forum would meet under the auspices of both the Economic and Social Council, as well as the General Assembly. The Forum was formally created by Resolution 67/290 on 9 July 2013.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ "High-level Political Forum". sustainabledevelopment.un.org. United Nations. n.d. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b United Nations General Assembly Session 66 Resolution 288. The Future We Want A/RES/66/288 27 July 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b United Nations General Assembly Session 67 Resolution 290. Format and Organizational Aspects of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development A/RES/67/290 9 July 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  4. ^ "A VIRTUAL AND INCLUSIVE HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM". Global Goals. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  5. ^ "High-level Political Forum 2021 under the Auspices of ECOSOC". United Nations. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  6. ^ "HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM 2020 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF ECOSOC". United Nations. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  7. ^ un.org - SDG Summit 2019
  8. ^ un.org - High-level Political Forum 2019
  9. ^ United Nations (11 July 2018). "Achieving targets on energy helps meet other Global Goals, UN forum told". United Nations Sustainable Development. Retrieved 26 August 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ un.org - High-level Political Forum 2018
  11. ^ un.org - High-level Political Forum 2017
  12. ^ un.org - High-level Political Forum 2016
  13. ^ un.org - High-level Political Forum 2015
  14. ^ un.org - High-level Political Forum 2014
  15. ^ un.org - High-level Political Forum 2013
  16. ^ "Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)". sustainabledevelopment.un.org. United Nations. n.d. Retrieved November 14, 2018.