Over the past ten days, world leaders, policy makers, and key stakeholders gathered to review progress, share experiences, and discuss strategies for promoting sustainable development.
The HLPF serves as a central platform for monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the SDGs, which were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015. These goals cover a wide range of goals, including poverty eradication, promoting gender equality, ensuring access to quality education and health care, and protecting the environment.
Focused on the theme of Sustainable and Robust Recovery from the COVID-19 PandemicThis year’s HLPF recognizes the unprecedented challenges posed by the global health crisis.
Far-reaching effects of COVID
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on all aspects of society, exacerbating existing inequalities and hindering progress towards the SDGs. The forum aims to identify solutions and strategies for rebuilding better in a post-pandemic world.
Admitting that the world is “woefully off track” to achieve the SDGs by the 2030 deadline, top UN officials, ministers and policy makers as well as representatives of the private sector and large public groups are discussing ways to continue the implementation of the five outs. of the 17 SDGs.
They review the progress made so far in universal access to clean water, sanitation and power, and explore ways to take advantage of new technology, also discussing the important role in the development of urban.
Lachezara Stoeva, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), who led the work of the Forum, emphasized the importance of innovation, technology, and high-impact partnerships.
“We are halfway to 2030 and still nowhere close to achieving the SDGs. The bad news is that we have lost seven years. The good news is, we still have seven more years and the victory is there. as far as we can,” he said.
Throughout the HLPF, participants participated in over 200 high-level panel discussions, interactive dialogues, and Voluntary National |Reviews. Thirty-nine countries have provided data on their progress towards achieving the SDGs – one of the key areas of the development agenda.
One of the important takeaways from the HLPF is the recognition that achieving the SDGs requires a joint effort involving governments, civil society, businesses, and individuals.
It is important to foster multi-stakeholder partnerships and mobilize resources to accelerate progress toward goals. The private sector, in particular, has a key role to play in driving sustainable and inclusive economic growth through responsible business practices and investment.
As the HLPF comes to a close, it is important to continue the momentum created this week, the participants concluded. The deliverables revealed at the Forum, are essential for the success of the SDG Summit in September.