Major Groups and other Stakeholders at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
UN High Level Political Forum
The 2019 High Level Political Forum will be held at UN headquarters in New York from Tuesday 9 to Thursday 18 July.
At the annual forum, governments, civil society and business, review progress towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
UN member states self-report their progress towards the goals by presenting a report known as a Voluntary National Review (VNR). In 2019, 47 countries will present their Voluntary National Reviews.
In 2019 the forum will have a special in-depth focus on goals related to the theme of Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality, however governments are expected to report on all 17 goals:
- Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
- Goal 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
- Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries
- Goal 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
- Goal 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
- Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. This goal is considered each year.
Civil society coalitions also monitor progress towards achieving the goals. A wide range of ‘Spotlight’ reports are prepared by different constituencies. As in previous years, Action for Sustainable Development is supporting member coalitions in a number of countries to submit Civil Society Reports to offer an independent assessment of the engagement process and key priorities for their countries at the HLPF, these will include:
- El Salvador
- The Philippines
This year is the fourth year of review and Action for Sustainable Development has worked with several other key CSO platforms to set out key recommendations on how to improve the follow up and review mechanisms, read our recommendations here Principles for HLPF reform – Paper from CSOs FINAL
We have also conducted a survey of our members and partners on their views of how to improve accountability: Exec Summary_Survey 2019; full report: HLPF survey_Towards a more open & inclusive approach to 2030 Agenda Monitoring
Major Groups and other Stakeholders at the HLPF
The UN Major Groups and other Stakeholders is an official mechanism to allow broad public participation in decision-making related to international sustainable development. There are currently nine stakeholder groups who are able to have a formal say in the design of sustainable development policies and programs, these constituencies include; Business and Industry; Trade Unions; Indigenous Peoples; Children and Youth; Women; Farmers; Local Government; Non-governmental Organisations; Science and Technology community. As of the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Summit in 2012, governments invited other stakeholders, including local communities, volunteer groups and foundations, migrants and families, as well as older persons and persons with disabilities, to participate in UN processes related to sustainable development. These stakeholder groups each have coordinators whose role it is to reach out to their global constituency, prepare them for UN deliberations on sustainable development, and prepare position papers and inputs.
At the High Level Political Forum Major Groups and other Stakeholders are able to participate in the following ways:
- Attend all official meetings of the forum;
- Have access to all official information and documents;
- Intervene in official meetings;
- Submit documents and present written and oral contributions;
- Make recommendations;
- Organize side events and round tables, in cooperation with Member States and the Secretariat;
To learn more about the Major Groups, please click on the constituency that aligns with your work:
- Business and Industry
- Children and Youth
- CSO Constituency on Financing for Development
- Education and Academics Stakeholder Group
- Indigenous Peoples
- Local Authorities
- Non Government Organisations
- Persons with Disabilities
- Scientific & Technological Community
- Stakeholder Group on Ageing
- Workers and Trade Unions
For more information, please see here.
These civil society reports aim to identify which mechanisms are in place for government engagement with civil society, local governments, and other stakeholders in realising the Sustainable Development Goals at a national and international level.
The new report Progressing National SDG Implementation (ES, FR) analyses all of the 42 English, French and Spanish Voluntary National Reviews submitted in 2017 to the HLPF, as well as a sample of civil society reports produced alongside the official reports.
See Individual civil society country reports and reflections from the 2017 and 2016 High Level Political Forums:
2018 High Level Political Forum
Bhutan | Canada | Colombia (ESP) | Dominican Republic | Ireland | Lao PDR | Lebanon | Mexico | Palestine | Senegal | Spain Exec summary (ENG) Spain_full report_(ESP) | Sri Lanka | Sudan | Switzerland | Togo (FR) | Vietnam
2017 High Level Political Forum
Argentina | Bangladesh | Brazil | Chile | Czech Republic | India | Jordan | Japan | Kenya | Luxembourg | Malaysia | Nepal | The Netherlands | Nigeria | Thailand | Togo (English, French) | Zimbabwe
2016 High Level Political Forum
Brazil | Colombia | Egypt | France + More info | Finland | Germany + More info | Liberia | Morocco | Norway | Philippines | Samoa | South Korea | South Africa | Sweden | Switzerland*| Tanzania | Timor-Leste | Togo | Tunisia | Uganda | Venezuela + More info
See Synthesis Report of Voluntary National Reviews for the High-Level Political Forum
This report synthesises some of the findings of the VNRs, drawing primarily from the written reports and executive summaries of the majority of countries.
User Guides for the High Level Political Forum
The HLPF has been called the preeminent forum within the United Nations to work on sustainable development issues for the next fifteen years or so. It is also referred to as the home of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030Agenda. This Forum is the ‘apex body’ at the UN to ensure monitoring, follow-up and review of the SDG commitments. It provides a forum to review progress across nation states and to connect policies within the UN system. This user guide will answer these and other questions about the engagement in this critical institution and its governance of the Sustainable Development Goals
The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) provides the pre-eminent space for dialogue with the UN system on sustainable development. 2016 was the first year of implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and in this context 22 countries have volunteered to undertake national reviews to be presented at the HLPF. As this is the first review of its kind, the process set a benchmark for future reviews. There are major questions remaining on implementation, monitoring and accountability of this agenda; this paper aims to provide some initial reflections on the engagement with civil society in the countries under review and to set out some recommendations on how this engagement can be further strengthened.
Girls and the Sustainable Development Goals in Selected Countries in the Asia-Pacific Region -Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women
- Description: This Review aims to provide an analysis on girls and issues related to their well-breing using selected SDGs, related indicators, and secondary data from 12 countries with a regional overview wherever possible
Means of implementation or means of appropriation? – Spotlight on Sustainable Development
- Description: Global spotlight report challenges the notion that “trillions of private finance” are needed to advance SDG implementation and highlights the centrality of public policies and investments, pointing out how developed countries’ refusal to any meaningful democratization of global economic governance and the pervasive private sector bias.
Agenda 2030 for LGBTI Health and Well-Being – Global Forum on MSM & HIV, OutRight Action International, The Global Advocacy Platform to Fast Track the HIV and Human Rights Responses with Gay and Bisexual Men
- Description: Written in collaboration with the Global Platform to Fast Track the Human Rights and HIV Responses with Gay and Bisexual Men, the report illustrates how Sustainable Development Goal 3, Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All at All Ages, is relevant to the specific health needs of LGBTI people.
A World That Cares: How to Support Children Without Parental Care Through the Sustainable Development Goals – SOS Children’s Villages International
- Description: The intention of this report is to set forth recommendations to discuss policies, programmes and services that governments should put in place to ensure that progress towards the SDGs will improve the lives of children without parental care and vulnerable families in vital areas, such as health, education, employment, protection and caregiver support.
Development and Access to Information, Executive Summary 2017 – IFLA in partnership with the Technology and Social Change Group
- Description: The report underlines the importance of meaningful access to information as a key supporting factor across the development agenda and offers a set of baseline indicators of the different pillars of access, thematic chapters by recognised experts on four of the focus SDGs at this year’s HLPF (agriculture, health, gender and innovation), and a focus on the contribution that libraries in particular can make.
Shadow Report: Nepal Brief Shadow Report from Community Forest Users – The Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal
- Description: This shadow report explores the perspective gaps between the community-based natural resource management and rural women groups and offers suggestions to improve VNR and process in Nepal
STATEMENTS FROM 2018 HLPF:
- The visas for the State of Palestine’s HLPF delegation were denied. This is despite the fact that the State of Palestine was among 47 countries that submitted their Voluntary National Review on goal progress. Joint statement from 70+ organisations.
- 137 organisations express concern about the lack of progress in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, since they were adopted three years ago.
- Read all the statements from key NGO Major Group members during the thematic sessions of the HLPF 2018.
STATEMENTS FROM 2017 HLPF:
Civil Society Response to the High Level Political Forum Ministerial Declaration (EN | ES | FR) Action for Sustainable Development
- Upon the culmination of the HLPF, Action4SD issued a response to the ministerial declaration with recommendations on how to advance goal implementation and civil society engagement.
Record Numbers gather at the the United Nations for High Level Meeting on the Sustainable Development Goals – Major Groups and other Stakeholders
- Global Civil Society Calls for Greater Inclusion and Participation to Accelerate Implementation of Key Commitments for the Survival of the Planet.
- Description: As the UN Sustainable Development Forum continues, NGOs call for a new development paradigm based on collaboration and participation.
UN member states must support civil society to implement an ambitious global agenda for sustainable development (EN | ES | FR) – International Forum of National NGO Platforms
- Leading civil society network has called on the governments of all UN member states to fully support and resource civil society to implement the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
Key Messages from Expert Group Meeting on Securing Women’s Land Rights in SDGs – Landesa, Women’s Major Group & WEDO
- Description: Key messages on measuring improvements in women’s land rights in relation to land indicators in the SDG’s.
- Description: Many nations came together to make this statement and reaffirm their commitment to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and all the Sustainable Development Goals and targets.
Making eradication of poverty an integral objective of all policies: what will it take? – Dianova International
- Description: Addressing the challenges related to the development of our societies, this comprehensive agenda presents an innovative perspective to work on each of the issues it brings, highlighting the value and necessity to address the different needs of humanity, environment, and institutions in an integrated and interdependent manner.
- Description: Civil Society goes further than what could be included in the EGM outcome reports and outlines their concerns concerning SDG 2.
POSITION PAPERS FOR 2017 HLPF
The Major Groups and other Stakeholders have produced position papers for the High Level Political Forum with recommendations on how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships. Papers were submitted to the HLPF from the following groups:
- Business & Industry Major Group Position Paper
- Children & Youth Position Paper
- Education & Academia Position Paper
- Farmers´ Position Paper
- NGO Major Group position paper | Supplementary position paper from the NGO Major Group´s cluster on human rights
- Scientific & Technological Community position paper
- Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities´ Position Paper
- Volunteer Groups’ Position Paper
- Women Major Group position paper
From the ground up, the Major Groups and other Stakeholders constitute a global network of member-based civil society organisations, constituencies, and concerned citizens. Their experiences and expertise are essential for making international development fair and effective for everyone.
The organizing partners (coordinators) of each Major Group and other Stakeholders constituency are listed below. For media enquiries, please contact the organizing partner and/or the additional directory of press contacts for notable experts who can comment and provide insights on a wide range of issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals and international development.
|Women||WMG Secretariat||Lean Deleon|
|International Women’s Health Coalition||Rachel Jacobson|
|Equidad de Género, Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia||Emilia Reyes|
|Children and Youth||UN MGCY DRR Working Group||Moa Herrgard|
|Global Poverty Initiative@ MIT||Donovan Guttieres|
|Japan Youth Platform for Sustainability||Hirotaka Koike|
|Indigenous Peoples||Tebtebba – Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education||Joan Carling|
|International Indian Treaty Council (IITC)||Roberto Borrero|
|Non-governmental Organizations||Baha’i International Community||Daniel Perell|
|Regions Refocus||Kathryn Tobin|
|Federation of International Association for Public Participation||Leanne Hartill|
|Local Authorities||ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability||Yunus Arikan|
|United Cities and Local Governments||Natalene Poisson|
|nrg4SD – Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development||Rodrigo Messias|
|Workers and Trade Unions||International Trade Union Confederation||Paola Simonetti|
|Education International||Antonia Wulff|
|Business and Industry||International Chamber of Commerce||Louise Kantrow|
|International Road Transport Union (IRU)||Igor Runov|
|International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)||John Drexhage|
|Scientific and Technological Community||International Council for Science||Lucilla Spini|
|World Federation of Engineering Organisations||Reginald Vachon|
|International Social Science Council||Heide Hackmann|
|Farmers||World Farmers Organisation||Luisa Volpe|
|Canadian Federation of Agriculture||Drew Black|
|IFOAM – Organics International||Gabor Figeczky|
|Persons with Disabilities||International Disability Alliance||Vladimir Cuk|
|Light for the World||Yetnebersh Nigussie|
|International Disability Alliance||Orsolya Bartha|
|Volunteers||Volunteer Groups Alliance||Wes Moe|
|Volunteer Groups Alliance||Coline Peyre|
|Ageing||AARP International Affairs||Erica Dhar|
|HelpAge International||Verity McGivern|
|Education and Academia||GCE||Camilla Croso|