07 Jul 2020 – 16 Jul 2020

Organization: United Nations Economic and Social Council

The high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) annual meeting is the core United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The 2020 meeting will be held from 7 July to 16 July 2020, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. The theme is "Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development". Find here information on international Geneva activities on the environmental dimension of SDGs at HLPF2020.

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Environment @ HLPF

A healthy environment is the fundamental and core requirement for achieving the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution are threats to human and environmental health as well as obstacles on the path to achieving the SDGs.
This critical role of the environment is reflected in the several events at HLPF that focus on water and sanitation, on green economy, on green recovery, on biodiversity and on food security, among other environmental topics.

About SDG Acceleration Actions

SDG Acceleration Actions are initiatives voluntarily undertaken to accelerate the SDG implementation by governments and any other non-state actors – individually or in partnership. Any new action or action that builds on existing efforts (scaling up, new phase, etc.) related to the achievement of one or more of the 17 SDGs or addressing the interlinked nature of the 2030 Agenda could be considered as an SDG Acceleration Action.

Moving ahead on the Decade of Action for SDG implementation, the recovery from the COVID-19 is an opportunity for governments and stakeholders alike to Build Back Better their societies. The SDG Acceleration Actions online database is a tool to help inspire and mobilize actions around the world to promote the implementation of the SDGs, as well as build resilience and bring inclusive recovery in the context of new realities post COVID-19, so that the global economy, planet and people we serve could emerge stronger together from the crisis.

Official programme

Messages from the regions

15 July 2020
15:00-16:00 CEST

Multilateralism after COVID 19: what kind of UN do we need at the 75th anniversary?

17 July 2020
15:30-16:30 CEST
UN | ECOSOC | SDG Advocates | IPI | WEF | IUCN | SG Envoy on Youth | CIVICUS

Special and side events

SDGs Learning, Training & Practice

7-13 July 2020

Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) under the COVID-19 Pandemic – Integrating Actions towards Full Achievement of SDGs

7 July 2020
14:00-15:00 CEST
Government of Japan | Permanent Mission of Tajikistan | Permanent Mission of Finland | UNDRR | UN DESA | UNU | UNCRD | World Bank | HELP

Celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the recognition of the human rights to water and sanitation

7 July 2020
14:00-15:00 CEST
Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation | UNOHCHR | Permanent Mission of Spain | Permanent Mission of Germany | UN Water

Building back better for nature and people to achieve the 2030 Agenda, through a transformational green recovery and recognising the right to a healthy environment

7 July 2020
18:00-19:30 CEST
BirdLife International | UNEP | Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment | WEF | Forest and Bird of New Zealand | Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica

Developing transformational partnerships to catalyze SDGs implementation

7 July 2020
20:00-21:30 CEST
UN DESA | UNODC | WEF | The Partnering Initiative

Walking the talk – exploring the ways for human rights compliant policies in a world in crisis

8 July 2020
14:00-15:00 CEST
Franciscans International | UN Human Rights | CESR

Setting Science-Based Targets for Biodiversity in the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals

8 July 2020
14:00-15:00 CEST
IUCN | WCS | Permanent Mission of France

Mountains and the decade of action and delivery

9 July 2020
14:00-15:00 CEST
Government of Malawi | Mountain Partnership | Government of Argentina | Government of Italy | Government of Switzerland

Sustainable and just economies: – Lessons learned from the COVID-19 Crisis and enabling factors for the SDGs

10 July 2020
15:00-16:30 CEST
ILO Green Jobs Programme | IWRAW Asia Pacific | GRI | WMG | World Benchmarking Alliance | UN Global Compact | UNCTAD | UNRISD

PAGE @ HLPF | Green Economy & COVID-19 Recovery: Implications for the Decade of Action

13 July 2020
14:00-15:00 CEST

Parliaments’ Role in Linking Good Security Sector Governance to SDG16 amid COVID-19

13 July 2020
14:00-15:00 CEST
Costa Rica | DCAF (Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance)

State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020

13 July 2020
16:00-19:00 CEST

Chief Sustainability Officers for SDGs

14 July 2020
14:30-16:00 CEST

Strengthening national capacities for the world we want – Embedding Evaluation in Voluntary National Reviews

14 July 2020
19:00-20:00 CEST
UNITAR | UNICEF’s Evaluation Office | UNECA

Recovering better: Global Opportunities for Jumpstarting the Real Economy

16 July 2020
14:00-15:00 CEST
Adelphi | SEED | German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation | Nuclear Safety of Germany (BMU) | UNEP | ILO | WEF | GGKP | UN PAGE