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2015 Meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2015)

26 June - 8 July 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York

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ENB Daily CoverageAbout | 26 Jun | 29 Jun | 30 Jun | 1 Jul | 2 Jul | 6 Jul | 7 Jul | 8 Jul | Summary

HLPF 2015 participants heard a keynote address from H.E. Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia,
and Chairman of the Global Partnership for Education.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

The 2015 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded on Wednesday, 8 July. In the morning and afternoon the ministerial segment of the HLPF convened in moderated discussions on "Reviewing and monitoring progress—what have we learned and how can it advance implementation" and "realizing the SDGs--matching ambitions with commensurate means of implementation (MOI)-resources, technology and capacities. The general debate of the high-level week under ECOSOC continued in the morning.

During lunch side events took place on: multi-stakeholder partnerships beyond remittances—sustainable entrepreneurship for local communities in post-2015; outcomes of regional consultations on sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda in Asia and the Pacific; League of Arab States—platform for follow up and review to ensure achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the Arab Region; and the municipalization process of SDGs--the role of civil society.

The HLPF was closed by ECOSOC Vice-President Mohamed Khaled Khiari, Tunisia, following a brief closing plenary at 4:51 pm.

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis of HLPF 2015 will be available on Saturday, 11 July 2015, online at: http://www.iisd.ca/hlpf/2015/

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IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report from the 2015 Meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2015), which took place from 26 June to 8 July 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York. Our summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF. Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/hlpf-2015/


L-R: H.E. Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia, and Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education; Vladimir Drobnjak, Vice-President of ECOSOC; and Jennifer de Laurentis, Council Secretary



Faeqa Bent Saeed Essaleh
, Minister of Social Affairs, Bahrain

H.E. Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia, Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education



Josef Moser
, Secretary-General, International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions

Mario Néstor Oporto, Former Minister of Education, Chair of the Commission of Communications and Information Technology of the Congress, Argentina


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

The 2015 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued on Tuesday, 7 July. In the morning and afternoon the ministerial segment of the HLPF undertook moderated dialogues on “Communicating and implementing a universal agenda at home” and “Our HLPF in the next 15 years.” In the afternoon, the general debate of the high-level week commenced under ECOSOC.

Side events took place during lunch on: delivering on sustained and sustainable growth—PAGE and national initiatives for inclusive green economy; expectations for civil society involvement in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda; moving forward after September 2015—implementation in countries and review of progress; and social justice and the rule of law across the SDGs.

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L-R: Piotr Otawski, Deputy Minister of Environment, Poland; Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary for the Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; Carlos Alvarado Quesada, Minister of Social Development, Costa Rica; Mohamed Khaled Khiari, Vice-President of ECOSOC; Moncef Khane, Council Secretary; Moderator Laura Trevelyan, BBC Anchor; and Jim Clarken, Executive Director, Oxfam Ireland



Moderator Laura Trevelyan, BBC Anchor

Mohamed Khaled Khiari, Vice-President of ECOSOC



Thomas Silberhorn
, Parliamentary State Secretary for the Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Carlos Alvarado Quesada, Minister of
Social Development, Costa Rica



L-R: Riaz Hamidullah, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh; Tun Tun Naing, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development, Myanmar; Oyun Sanjaasuren, Chair, UN Environment Assembly, and Minister of Environment and Green Development, Mongolia; Oh Joon, ECOSOC Vice-President; Sangeeta Sharma, Council Secretary; and Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Chair, Women in Parliaments Global Forum


Oh Joon, ECOSOC Vice-President

Pio Wennubst, Ambassador and Deputy Director, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC)


Monday, 6 July 2015

The 2015 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued on Monday, 6 July. The Ministerial segment of the HLPF commenced with an opening plenary, the launch of the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) report and messages from the first part of the meeting. In the morning and afternoon panels addressed “A transformative integrated agenda—how can governments, societies and the UN rise to the challenge” and “Thinking ahead—emerging issues that will matter in the future.”

Side events took place during lunch on: preparing for post-2015 implementation—early findings; more than words—how corporate reporting can help attain the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and enrich an implementation and review framework; UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) peer review mechanisms—lessons learned and opportunities for contributing to the implementation and review of SDGs; and policy-coherence of SDGs—a natural resource perspective.


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L-R: H.E. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Norway; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and H.E. President
Paul Kagame, Rwanda, adressed HLPF 2015 via remote video from Oslo, Norway


H.E. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Norway

H.E. President Paul Kagame, Rwanda


Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General, and Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University


Paul Seger, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN

ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf

Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the UN


Thursday, 2 July 2015

The 2015 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued on Thursday, 2 July 2015. In the morning and afternoon, moderated discussions addressed: “Sustainable consumption and production (SCP)”; “Investing in the future we want—what will it require”; and “Tracking progress through existing mechanisms.” A brief wrap up session brought the first part of the HLPF to a close.

Side events took place during lunch on: the coalition of Central African regional CSOs in the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs); building effective bottom-up partnerships for SDGs; realizing the SDGs by 2030—crucial entry points for communicating the SDGs and climate change for transformative citizen engagement; and SCP/sustainable lifestyles.


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María Emma Mejía Vélez, Vice-President of ECOSOC, presiding over the session on sustainable consumption and production.


L-R: Adam Bouloukos, Director, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, (UNISDR); Petra Bayr, Member of Parliament, Austria; Gerda Verburg, Chair, Committee on Food Security, Permanent Representative to the Rome-based agencies, the Netherlands; Oh Joon, Vice-President of ECOSOC; Otto Gustafik, ECOSOC; Moderator Thomas Gass, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs; and Charles Radcliffe, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


Petra Bayr, Member of Parliament, Austria

Adam Bouloukos, Director, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, (UNISDR)


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The 2015 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued on Wednesday, 1 July. Moderated discussions addressed: “The SAMOA Pathway—translating vision to action”; “Reaching out to the world—communicating the agenda”; and “Reaching out to the world—training and learning for sustainable development.” During lunch, side events took place on: human mobility in the context of the post-2015 development agenda—pespectives from the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD); transparency, accountability and participation—building a post-2015 review architecture fit for purpose; integrating three levels of accountability for a robust and effective review mechanism at HLPF; and the Global Sustainable Development Report (GDSR) 2015—highlights and the way forward.

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Martin Sajdik, President of ECOSOC, in conversation with HLPF 2015 delegates from Austria, Brazil and Egypt.



Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador for Climate Change and SIDS Issues, Seychelles

Martin Sajdik, President of ECOSOC



Andrew Downes, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the West Indies, Barbados

Azeema Adam, Governor, Maldives Monetary Authority


Video presentation of the work of the UN Department of Public Information


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The 2015 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued on Tuesday, 30 June. A morning meeting addressed “Reinforcing Major Groups and other stakeholders’ participation.” In the morning and afternoon moderated discussions took place on “Changing approaches to policy making: the role of the SDGs” and “Regional support to national action.” During lunch, side events took place on: strengthening the engagement of civil society organizations in the HLPF and beyond; implementing the post-2015 development agenda - what will it take at the country level; and peer review - a tool for the implementation and follow up for the post-2015 development agenda.

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View of the of the morning meeting with HLPF 2015 representatives of Major Groups, other stakeholders
and member states.


HLPF 2015 participants from major groups and other stakeholders


L-R: Thomas Gass, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs; Martin Sajdik, President of ECOSOC; and Lotta Tahtinen, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)


Jasmin Burgermeister, German Youth Council, representing Children and Youth
Major Group

Roberto Borrero, International Indian Treaty Council, representing Indigenous Peoples Major Groups

Orsolya Bartha, International Disability Alliance


Pio Wennubst, Ambassador and Deputy Director, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation

Mary-Jane Ncube, Transparency International Zimbabwe and TAP Network

Savio Carvalho, Amnesty International


L-R: Jaroslava Jermanova, First Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament, Czech Republic; Patrick Birungi,
National Planning Authority, Uganda; Karel van Oosterom, Permanent Representative to the Netherlands to the UN; Vladimir Drobnjak, Vice-President of ECOSOC; Sangeeta Sharma, Council Secretary; and Moderator Debapriya Bhattacharya, Centre for
Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh


Monday, 29 June 2015

The 2015 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued on Monday, 29 June. A morning meeting with member states addressed “How science can inform policy making.”

In the morning and afternoon, moderated discussions addressed: “Supporting national action through HLPF outcomes”; “Keeping science involved in SDG implementation”; and “The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) as a bridge between the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the scientific communities.”

During lunch side events took place on: where we stand - lessons learned from the SD 2015 HLPF Consultation; peoples’ voices data playground; a perspective from the ground - the SDG Fund’s integrated approach towards sustainable development; and empowering grassroots economy, future of sustainable development.

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María Emma Mejía, Vice-President of ECOSOC, consulting with Jennifer de Laurentis,
Council Secretary


Martin Sajdik, President of ECOSOC, convened an informal meeting with HLPF 2015 participants and
representatives of social and natural sciences.


Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, UNDESA

Martin Sajdik, President of ECOSOC


L-R: Maria Ivanova, University of Massachusetts Boston and member of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board;
William Colglazier, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Patrick Paul Walsh, University College
Dublin, Ireland and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN); and Lucilla Spini, International Council for
Science (ICSU)


Evelyn Ugbe, Women Environmental Programme, Nigeria, representing Women
Major Group


Friday, 26 June 2015

The third meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2015) opened on Friday, 26 June 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York. An opening plenary adopted the agenda of the HLPF, followed by two moderated dialogues on “Shaping the world for 2030: from vision to transformative action” and “The role of business in implementation.”

Side events took place during lunch on: HLPF for the future we want; civil society engagement and participation in a sustainable development era; and from Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to sustainable development goals (SDGs) - unfinished agenda for education in emergencies.

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Martin Sajdik, President of ECOSOC, in a discussion with HLPF youth participants


L-R: Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of Istanbul, Turkey; Rudolf Hundstorfer, Federal Minister for Labour, Social Affairs, and Consumer Protection, Austria; Thomas Gass, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs; Martin Sajdik, President of ECOSOC; Jennifer de Laurentis, Council Secretary; Frances Zainoeddin, Gray Panthers NY; and Hirotaka Koike, Japan Youth Platform for Post-2015


Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of Istanbul, Turkey

Rudolf Hundstorfer, Federal Minister for Labour, Social Affairs, and Consumer Protection, Austria


Hirotaka Koike, Japan Youth Platform for Post-2015

Frances Zainoeddin, Gray Panthers NY


L-R: Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of Istanbul, Turkey, and Martin Sajdik, President of ECOSOC


Damaso Luna Corona, Mexico

Alena White, Germany

Jeanne d'Arc Byaje, Rwanda


Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman, Foundation for the Global Compact

Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning


L-R: Jiten Yumnam, Partnership for Development Effectiveness, representing Farmers' Major Group; Donovan Gutierres, Children and Youth Major Group; and John Drexhage, Global Business Alliance, representing Business and Industry Major Group


L-R: ENB HLPF 2015 team with Franz Dejon, Olivia Freeman, Sandra Gagnon,
Anna Schultz and Kate Louw


ENB Daily CoverageAbout | 26 Jun | 29 Jun | 30 Jun | 1 Jul | 2 Jul | 6 Jul | 7 Jul | 8 Jul | Summary
Funding for coverage of the 2015 Meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2015) has been provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the European Union (EU)
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