Record number of countries, private and public-­‐sector leaders to review progress on sustainable development

9-18 July 2018, UN Headquarters, New York-Thousands of high-­‐level representatives from governments, civil society and the private sector will gather at the annual High-­‐level Political Forum (HLPF) this month to take stock of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and discuss successes, challenges and lessons learnt on the road to a fairer, more peaceful and prosperous world on a healthy planet by 2030.
Forty-­‐seven countries will submit their Voluntary National Review (VNRs) -­‐ an
important, evidence-­‐based platform to highlight national implementation.

Since the launch of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the number of countries
presenting VNRs has more than doubled from 22 in 2016. With this year’s Forum, more
than 120 countries would have submitted their reviews, showing commitment to tackle
some of the biggest challenges of our time. The Forum also brings together leaders from
all sectors of society, including the business community and civil society.
This year’s Forum will review in depth six out of the 17 SDGs under the theme,
“Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.” The set of goals to be
reviewed include:
Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems,
sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land
degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership
for sustainable development (reviewed yearly)

On the opening day of the Forum, Elliot Harris, UN Assistant Secretary-­‐General for
Economic Development and Chief Economist, will brief the media on the expected
outcomes of the Forum.
WHO Mr. Elliot Harris, UN Assistant Secretary-­‐General for Economic
Development and Chief Economist
WHAT Guest at the UN Secretary-­‐General’s Spokesman’s Noon Briefing
WHERE S-­‐237, UN Headquarters, New York or live through
WHEN Monday, 9 July 2017, 12:30 p.m. EST
Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (11 July)
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), a partnership between several UN
entities, was created in 2012 in the run-­‐up to the UN Conference on Sustainable
Development (Rio+20). With commitments from over 300 universities from around the
world, HESI accounted for more than one-­‐third of all the voluntary commitments that
were launched at Rio+20. The initiative provides higher education institutions with a
unique interface between higher education, science, and policy-­‐making. More
SDG Media Zone (16 to 17 July)
The SDG Media Zone at HLPF will feature a diversity of speakers, including business, civil
society and United Nations leaders and influencers, who will discuss a range of topics,
including sustainable fashion, biodiversity, data and technology, and clean energy. More
Ministerial Segment of HLPF (16-­‐18 July)
More than 80 Ministers are expected to attend the three-­‐day Ministerial Segment,including to present their VNRs. The 47 countries presenting VNRs are Albania, Andorra,
Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Benin, Bhutan, Cabo Verde, Canada,
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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. More information:
Local and Regional Governments’ Forum (16 July)
At the first-­‐ever Local and Regional Governments’ Forum, Mayors from the world’s
major cities will come together to discuss the importance of localizing the 2030 Agenda.
The forum is co-­‐organized by the United Nations and its partners, including Local2030.
More information:­‐­‐level-­‐political-­‐forum
SDG Business Forum (18 July)
Co-­‐hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), UN DESA and the UN
Global Compact, and organized in collaboration with the Global Business Alliance (GBA)
for 2030, the third SDG Business Forum will bring together leaders from businesses,
governments, UN agencies, key international organizations, and civil society to discuss
the private sector’s role in delivering the 2030 Agenda. More information:
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Media contacts
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