From Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018, the High-Level Political Forum 2018 will take place in New York City, US. It will be the sixth session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum will take place from 16-18 July, as part of ECOSOC’s high-level segment.
The theme of the HLPF 2018 will be ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies‘, bringing into focus the following SDGs: SDG 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all), SDG 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all), SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable), SDG 12 (Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns), SDG 15 (Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss). Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) is also examined each year.
In addition, 47 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). This year, also one VLR (Voluntary Local Review) will be displayed by New York City.
Local and Regional Governments’ Forum at HLPF 2018
Co-hosted by UNDESA, UN-Habitat, and the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, the first Local and Regional Governments’ Forum will take place from 9 – 18 July in New York, in the margins of the 2018 High-Level Political Forum to explore the important role of Local and Regional Governments in the implementation and follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda.
The adoption of an integrated approach to territorial development and the progressive recognition and global awareness of the role of local and regional governments as key development actors to implement the 2030 Agenda is a ground-breaking and indispensable shift. Local and regional governments have a wealth of valuable experience in the “localisation” of the 2030 Agenda, where they provide leadership in the mobilisation of a wide range of stakeholders, the facilitation of “bottom-up” and inclusive processes, and the formation of multi-stakeholder partnerships. This work directly supports the transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies, the thematic focus of the 2018 HLPF.