Renewing the ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:Civil Society perspectives on Principles for a successful HLPF review

THURSDAY, July 11 2019, 1:15-2:45 PM
CONF ROOM 1, UNHQ

The United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) was established in 2013 through UNGA resolution 67/290. Its follow up and review functions were established through resolution 70/299 from July 2016 which further expands on its functions as the global structure responsible for assessing progress, achievements and challenges faced by developed and developing countries and ensuring that the 2030 Agenda remains relevant and ambitious (para 82). In the 2030 Agenda, Member States have also emphasized that the HLPF should draw high-level political attention to gaps or areas where commitments are lagging behind and provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations for follow up to accelerate progress.
Resolution 70/299 calls for a review of implementation of its resolution 67/290 during the 74th sessions (2019 - 2020). In this context, the HLPF meeting in July under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) offers a good opportunity prior to the 74th session of the General Assembly to advance assessment and recommendations on lessons and learning from the HLPF first cycle. The proposed side event, led by Together 2030 brings together an important group of Civil Society platforms to jointly present on guiding Principles for the HLPF review.
HLPF review comes at a critical moment when SDGs implementation is close to reaching 5 years and when HLPF will look at its next cycle, functioning and modalities. Current working methods and organization of the Forum has been a key concern not only for Civil Society but also Member States, Major groups and other key stakeholders. During the first cycle, Civil Society has presented a number of recommendations on improving these methods to ensure HLPF delivers on the mandate of tracking progress, providing political guidance, identify gaps, etc. on achieving the SDGs.
Joining up for this event are:

Action for Sustainable Development
TAP Network
Forus

In recent months, these three Civil Society networks have reached out to their constituencies and overall civil society at national, regional and global level to specifically gather their views on HLPF review. Thus, Surveys were carried out by each one: Together 2030 surveyed its over 700 members, Action for Sustainable Development launched its survey across Civil Society, TAP Network surveyed its members and so did Forus as well. Outcomes and recommendations of these surveys will be shared during the side event and a set of Principles will be presented.

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