Editorial spotlight: High-level Political Forum 2019


The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the main UN process for the review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York from 9 – 18 July.

Under the theme, “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”, the HLPF will review the following SDGs: SDG 4, ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learning; SDG 8, promote sustained and inclusive economic growth and decent work for all; SDG 10, reduce inequality within and among countries; SDG 13, take action to combat climate change and its impacts; SDG 16, promote peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice for all and build inclusive institutions; and SDG 17, strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.

Empowering women and girls and achieving gender equality is a stand-alone goal within the 2030 Agenda, but it is also a key part of achieving all 17 goals. Through their role as early adopters of many new agricultural techniques, first responders in crises, entrepreneurs of green energy and decision-makers at home, women offer valuable insights and solutions into better managing the climate and its risks. In peace negotiations women’s participation increases the durability and quality of peace andincreases implementation rate of agreements.

UN Women has contributed to a new SDG16+ Report which will be launched at HLPF. The Report is produced by the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies, a coordinating platform for Member States, private sector, civil society and UN entities. The Report shows that measuring SDG 16 is possible and that progress on SDG 16 enables progress on other goals. More information here: https://www.sdg16hub.org/hlpf2019/report.

As the global community works towards the SDGs, UN Women continues to accelerate efforts to make sure no woman or girl is left behind in these efforts. Take a look at how the six SDGs being reviewed this year impact the lives of women and girls around the world.

Events: UN Women at the High-level Political Forum

  • Inequality and the 1%: Is a transformative fiscal policy possible?”, 10 July 2019, 8am – 12pm, Church Center
  • VNR Lab 3 “Leaving no one behind: Inclusive implementation and reporting”, 10 July 2019, 1:15 to 2:45pm, Conference Room 11
  • Film Screening: Pili, 11 July 2019, 4:45 pm, Japan Society Murase Room (333 East 47th St.)
  • VNR Lab 8 “Strengthening national contributions from VNRs and other sources towards the thematic reviews during the next cycle”, 15 July 2019, 8-9 am, Conference Room 11
  • Friends of 1325 Meeting, "Sustainable Development and the Women Peace and Security Agenda: Synergies for Action", 15 July 2019, 8:30-9:45 am, Canadian Mission to the United Nations (466 Lexington Ave 20th Floor, New York, NY 10017)
  • “Interactive dialogue on gender-responsive budgeting for sustainable development”, 17 July 2019, 7-8:30 pm, Delegates Dining Room/West Terrace
  • “Commit to gender-responsive climate action now”, 19 July 2019, 1:15-2:30pm, Conference Room 1

How the SDGs work for women