The 2018 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) took place in New York from 9th-18th July and built on the work of previous editions to bring together governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs and civil society to examine the steps being taken to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The theme of the Forum was “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”, and under this heading, the following related SDGs were examined: 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 7 (Clean and Affordable Energy), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 15 (Life on Earth) and 17 (Partnership for the Goals). Meetings were also held to review the voluntary states’ reviews.
Likewise, events were also held in parallel within the framework of the HLPF, such as the event organized by the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative that took place throughout the day on Wednesday 11th July. The objective was to disseminate good practices in the integration of the SDGs and Agenda 2030 into university curricula and to position higher education institutions as key entities for the achievement of the SDGs.
The Forum concluded with a Ministerial Declaration where, among other points, they committed to the continued work towards the development of Agenda 2030 and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals for everyone, everywhere, leaving no one behind. In her summary of the HLPF 2018, the President of ECOSOC, diplomat Marie Chatardová, highlighted the progress made in recent years towards the SDGs, without forgetting that, “despite positive trends, there is still a long way to go to reach the Goals.”
A delegation from the Center for UNESCO of Catalonia attended the HLPF thanks to its consultative status with ECOSOC. In addition to participating in the sessions and side events, the President and Director met with Bengali diplomat Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and former President of UNICEF. Chowdhury, known for his longstanding commitment to the development of the poorest countries and to the rights of children and women, is aware of the contributions that the Center for UNESCO of Catalonia has made to the United Nations, and wanted to learn more about the initiative that the entity is developing on educational transformation, as well as the project on education for the SDGs.