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Preparation for the HLPF & Voluntary National Reviews Platform

“Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” is this years’ theme for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) that will take place from the 10th to the 19th July at the UN’s headquarters in New York.

During the meeting, the progress on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 44 countries that submitted their Voluntary National Reports (VNRs) in 2017 is going to be assessed, along with an in-depth review of the following goals:

- Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

- Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

- Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

- Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

- Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

- Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

- Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.

The 44 countries that submitted their VNRs this year are: Afghanistan; Argentina; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belgium; Belize; Benin; Botswana; Brazil; Chile; Costa Rica; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Guatemala; Honduras; India; Indonesia; Iran; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kenya; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Maldives; Monaco; Nepal; Netherlands; Nigeria; Panama; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Slovenia; Sweden; Tajikistan; Thailand; Togo; Uruguay; and Zimbabwe.

The HLPF VNRs are a key component of the follow-up and review of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the SDGs, and aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the SDGs.

The VNRs’ platform currently includes 22 countries that presented their reports to the HLPF in 2016, 44 countries in 2017, and 6 countries that have already signed up for the 2018 review cycle. The platform is accessible at, and allows visitors to browse by year and by keyword.

Furthermore, within the framework of the HLPF, Action for Sustainable Development with IFP’s support, is coordinating online and in-person activities for civil society’s engagement in the governance and monitoring of the SDGs. These actions are meant to bring citizen accountability to the UN proceedings and to be applied at the national level with governments.

Before the meeting, there are two main actions. The civil society shadow reports : for the countries under review at the HLPF, CSO willing to participate can complete the short reporting template for the countries currently and previously examined; and the Sustainable Development Goals Scorecard to evaluate national implementation plans for the SDGs.

Then, during the HLPF, advocacy events and civil society planning workshops are being scheduled for the weekend of July 15-16 in New York at the UN Church Centre by A4SD and the IFP. Civil society leaders will come together to review these reports and results to issue recommendations to governments and the wider community of SDG actors on how to accelerate and strengthen partnerships.

Here below you can find the link to the drafted program of the HLPF: