Leaving no one behind

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13.07.2016 – When the world’s leaders unanimously approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development last year, they did so knowing that there would be a platform within the United Nations where they could discuss sustainable development, get guidance, keep track of progress and address any new issues. Six months into work on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, the time for reviewal has come.

The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development is currently underway, taking place from 11 July to 20 July 2016 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), at UN Headquarters in New York. The Forum takes place just after the mid-year point of the year following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

sdg reviews 2Massive scale SDG projections to celebrate UN70 and visually depict the 17 Global Goals, Photo: Twitter/Cia Pak

This Forum is the first to play a central role in guiding global efforts to implement the sustainable development agenda that was unanimously adopted by countries in 2015. The session includes voluntary reviews of 22 countries and thematic reviews of progress on the SDGs, including cross-cutting issues, supported by reviews by the ECOSOC functional commissions and other inter-governmental bodies and forums.

By looking at the progress made in achieving the goals, it affords an opportunity for countries and representatives of civil society to share plans and best practices, and to forge new partnerships. The HLPF also includes a range of side events, a partnership exchange event, and SDGs learning, training and practice sessions.

The Forum will translate the vision of the SDGs into reality by providing political leadership and recommendations, its theme this year being: “Ensuring that no one is left behind”.

Assistant Secretary-General Thomas Gass: “it’s for real”.

In an interview with the UN News Centre, Assistant Secretary-General Mr. Gass described the Political Forum as “a space once a year where Member States and also the population can see how we are moving on the SDGs and take corrective measures to really achieve them within the next 15 years.”

Mr. Gass talked about why the SDGs need to become a part of the policy dialogue at the national level, and foster a new social contract between the leaders and the people.

The SDGs include 17 goals, broken down into 169 smaller targets. The first target is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. Others include ensuring education for everyone, achieving gender equality, fighting climate change, and reducing all forms of violence.

Join the twitter chat with Thomas Gass, UN DESA's Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, and share your thoughts and questions on the SDGs.

 When: Friday, 8 July at 8:30 am EDT
Where: Twitter
How: Share questions with @ThomasGass using #SDGChat