Reflections on the High Level Political Forum – New York

Reflection on the 2016 UN High Level Political Forum in New York on sustainable development convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, 11th – 20th July 2016

“High-hype” characterised the one year build up towards the High Level Political Forum 2016 (HLPF). Many people anticipated that since the Sustainable Development Goals process had been deeply consultative and had emanated from a largely progressive and forward looking outcome document of the United Nations General Assembly of 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the first review process would be a game changer.

The HLPF was therefore a largely interesting event but one that drew a mix of reactions. There were many things happening including side events and a lot on the main program. The two week‟s program was a very exciting one on paper. Over 1500 civil society actors and development expert groups were present for the first week in New York. While the sessions and side events of the first week were interesting, there was an assumption that these sessions would be based on country level experiences of implementing the SDGs but they ended up as largely theoretical postulations of how to implement the SDGs.

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Richard Ssewakiryanga
Executive Director
Uganda National NGO Forum

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