The UN discussed how to better implement the SDGs through South-South Cooperation during the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2018 (HLPF)

July 20, 2018

The Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) participated in several intergovernmental and side & special events organized within the framework of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2018 (HLPF).

The HLPF 2018 was an opportunity to not only assess the progress of the SDGs and their implementation, but also to address climate change. The issues discussed included going Carbon-Neutral, getting young people involved
in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and using technology to deliver the SDGs.

The meeting highlighted the need to “revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development,” in which GFDD is actively involved, as well as  to make it “a priority to push forward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

In the context of building partnerships to support the United Nations Development Agenda, GFDD has
organized and participated in several side events in connection with Financing for Development (FfD) and on the implementation and achievement of the SDGs through South-South & Triangular Cooperation.

The HLPF also offered networking with foreign diplomats and UN senior officials, which GFDD representatives took as an opportunity to showcase the work of the organization in conjunction with Member States, UN specialized agencies and other think tanks.

The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development was convened by the Economic and Social Council and took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The HLPF is an annual event convened by the President of ECOSOC and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic, Marie Chatardova. The core subject matter of the event is the successful implementation of the SDGs. This year the meeting took place from July 9 to 18.

closing remarks were given by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres. In his closing speech the Secretary-General commended the work of over forty Member States that shared their Voluntary National Reviews at the Ministerial Forum regarding the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Guterres stressed that "the 2030 Agenda is our roadmap and its goals and targets are tools to get there."