The co-facilitators of the informal consultations on the outcome of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and of the High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) have issued a final draft Ministerial Declaration for these events.
The text is expected to be discussed in further informal consultations on 7 July 2016.
30 June 2016: The co-facilitators of the informal consultations on the outcome of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and of the High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) have issued a final draft Ministerial Declaration for these events. The text is expected to be discussed in further informal consultations on 7 July 2016.
On infrastructure for sustainable development for all, the final draft stresses the 2030 Agenda’s attention to building resilient infrastructure and the promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering of innovation. The draft recognizes that addressing infrastructure gaps is critical for increasing inequalities within and among countries.
On means of implementation (MOI), the final draft recognizes that the 2030 Agenda’s scale and ambition requires a revitalized and enhanced Global Partnership for Sustainable Development to ensure its implementation, and expresses commitment “to move from all commitments to results.” It stresses that MOI, as outlined under SDG 17, in each SDG and in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), is critical for achieving the SDGs and ensuring that no one is left behind.
On participation, the text highlights the importance of participatory and inclusive implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda at all levels with all stakeholders to support effective implementation, foster partnerships and international cooperation, and exchange best practices and mutual learning. By the draft, Ministers would welcome the participation of Major Groups and other relevant stakeholders in the HLPF, taking note of their contributions and encouraging continuous engagement in ensuring no one is left behind.
On data, the revised draft stresses the role of accessible, timely, reliable and high-quality disaggregated data in identifying inequalities. It states that data should measure poverty in all its forms and dimensions and progress on sustainable development to reveal inequalities, gaps, progress and recurrent challenges, identify innovative solutions and inform implementation. The draft urges Governments, international organizations, including the UN system, international financial institutions and other stakeholders to assist developing countries in building and strengthening their official national capacities for data collection, disaggregation, dissemination and analysis. On the SDG indicator framework, the draft looks forward to its implementation and continual improvement by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the SDGs (IAEG-SDGs) in an inclusive and transparent manner.
On regional and sub-regional fora, the draft recognizes their role in promoting peer learning and cooperation and linking global and national implementation levels of the 2030 Agenda. On countries in special situations, the final draft recognizes that the most vulnerable countries, particularly small island developing States (SIDS), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), least developed countries (LDCs) and countries in conflict and post-conflict situations deserve special attention.
The final draft concludes by expressing encouragement regarding “the enthusiasm, innovation and dedication of the wide array of actors already engaged in immediate implementation of the SDGs, showing that we are implementing an Agenda of the peoples, by the peoples, and for the peoples.”
In their letter accompanying the revised draft, co-facilitators Gillian Bird, Permanent Representative of Australia, and Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru, note their intention to hold a final informal consultation on the text on 7 July 2016. The HLPF will take place from 11-20 July 2016, in New York, US. [HLPF 2016 Website] [IISD RS Story on Revised Draft]