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High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development of the United Nations

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development of the United Nations

The 2018 United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will be held under the theme of "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies."

Jul 9 – Jul 19, 2018
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The HLPF will also review several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in depth , including Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, that will be considered each year:

  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

ICSU participates in several side events.


Workshop: Realising the SDGs in Cities: Aligning Knowledge, Tools and Monitoring Frameworks

Partners: International Science Council, UK Research and Innovation, Global Challenges Research Fund UK, UNSDSN, Cities Alliance, OECD, UN-Habitat

Date: 10 July, 8.45-14.30


Side event: Managing interactions between SDGs to drive SDG implementation from local to global levels, and long-term transformations

Date: 12 July 2018, 18.30-20.00, Conference Room E

Implementing the SDGs as an integrated set, taking full account of the interdependencies between them, creates opportunities for reframing development around people and the planet, promote policy coherence, create efficiencies, target investments, and promote stronger buy-in. Identifying co-benefits and potential conflicts across policy domains and sectors is key for an effective implementation of the SDGs and for prioritising investments, at all governance levels. Achieving the SDGs together as an “indivisible whole” is not only possible, but the only way of achieving the SDGs.

Working hand-in-hand with policy-makers and stakeholders, actions can be taken now to map interactions at country level and identify policy and knowledge gaps through a close collaboration between scientists, policy-makers, practitioners, and civil society. Realising the transformative potential of the SDGs also require to take a long-term approach to understand the range of pathways and the solution space to achieve the SDGs and secure long-term development outcomes, within planetary boundaries. Far from driving us away from progress, embracing complexity and systems-thinking opens opportunities for addressing the multiple dimensions of sustainability and enable progress across the whole agenda.

Moderator: Ruben Zondervan, Earth System Governance Project Office & Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future


  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis: The World in 2050 – building a broad narrative and quantitative pathways to achieve the 17 SDGs
  • Peter Messerli, Centre for Development and Environment, Co-chair of the independent group of scientists to draft the 2019 GSDR: Mobilizing science towards transformation pathways for sustainable development
  • Joseph Alcamo, University of Sussex Sustainability Programme: Acting on SDG Interactions
  • Karina Barquet, Stockholm Environment Institute: Understanding systemic impacts to guide SDG implementation
  • Reginald Vachon, WFEO – How can engineering and science best support and work with all major groups and stakeholders?
  • Country representative (tbc)

  Article Source : ICS
July 9, 2018