UN High Level Political Forum: EU and UN review progress towards achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

UN High Level Political Forum: EU and UN review progress towards achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

16/07/2018

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, is attending the UN High Level Political Forum on 16-17 July in New York together with Karmenu Vella, Commissioner in charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Numerous Heads of State and Government will join them and major actors in development to discuss sustainable development.

The UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) is responsible for reviewing progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This forum is taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York, from 9-19 July.  It will review global progress in implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), identify challenges and produce a ministerial declaration from UN Member States.

The EU will explain how it is implementing the 2030 Agenda. This includes reframing all EU external actions around the SDG, as outlined in the European Consensus on Development. The EU will also share progress on the implementation of the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan.

Commissioner Mimica will co-host a high-level meeting on the implementation of SDG 7 on energy to discuss the links between energy, health, climate change, investments and the empowerment of women.

The HLPF will also consider 47 voluntary national reviews (VNRs), a mechanism designed to assess the progress of each UN Member State in achieving the SDGs. 10 EU Member States will present their VNRs at this year’s HLPF, taking the total number to 24 out of 28 EU Member States.

Each year, the HLPF focuses on different goals. This year it is SDGs 6 (water and sanitation), 7 (energy), 11 (cities and human settlements), 12 (sustainable consumption and production) and 15 (terrestrial ecosystems), as well as SDG 17 on Means of Implementation. Investment in these SDGs will yield significant co-benefits for the whole 2030 Agenda, which will only be achieved through an integrated, holistic approach.