The seventh session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019) will take place under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The session will take place from Tuesday, 9 July, to Monday, 15 July 2019, and at the ministerial level from Tuesday, 16 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019, in a meeting held jointly with ECOSOC's annual high-level segment.
HLPF 2019 will address the theme, 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'. It will conduct an in-depth review of SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), in addition to SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) which is reviewed each year. The programme is available here.
Forty-seven countries will conduct Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) for HLPF 2019. The following countries will conduct VNRs for the first time in 2019: Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Eswatini, Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Serbia, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UK, Tanzania and Vanuatu.
In addition, Azerbaijan, Chile, Guatemala, Indonesia, Philippines, Sierra Leone and Turkey will conduct VNRs for the second time.
In additional to the annual July session under ECOSOC auspices, HLPF will also convene for one and a half days in September 2019, under UN General Assembly auspices. Only one outcome document – political declaration that was agreed through intergovernmental consultations in July 2019 – will result from the two sessions.
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dates: 9-18 July 2019
venue: UN Headquarters
location: New York City, US