July 11, 2016
The first High-Level Political Forum after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 opened in New York City this week. This year’s theme is on ‘Ensuring that no-one is left behind.’
The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), a global platform of civil society organisations (CSOs) advocating aid and development effectiveness, through its members are pro-active throughout the forum.
During the preparatory sessions this week, a number of civil society organisations were able to intervene in official meetings and speak on key side events, while some were able to host their own side events based on their own work in the 2030 Agenda.
The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is United Nation’s central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event is graced by member states as well as an overwhelming attendance of the Nine (9) Major Groups and Other Stakeholders.
The event is happening on July 11 – 20, 2016 and will detail the current state of the SDGs in its first year. Preparatory sessions will be held while the pinnacle of the event is focused on the report of the 22 voluntary national reviews. The 22 countries are: China, Colombia, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Madagascar, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Norway, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, and Venezuela.
The HLPF started out with a short presentation of the 2016 SDG progress report and has continued throughout the week with preparatory meetings on thematic areas of the SDGs. Progress and the sustained ambition of the agenda have been upheld while persisting challenges have also been identified. Other stakeholders point towards the perennial concern of financing while still underlining the difficulty and disconnect of many in terms of understanding and implementing the SDGs.
Next week, the presentation of the voluntary national reviews will showcase the progress made in the initial year of the 2030 Agenda process, detailing as to what degree we have progress with respect to the SDGs.