The HLPF annual meeting is the core United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
In the 2020 HLPF, participants will debate where we stand on the SDGs in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. They will reflect on how the international community can respond to the pandemic in a way that puts us back on track to achieve the SDGs and accelerate progress during the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.
The theme will be "Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development ".
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and expected limitations on in-person meetings and international travel, the ECOSOC Bureau is planning to make adjustments to the format and programme of HLPF 2020. Available technological solutions for virtual sessions and interaction are being explored – including for presentations of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). Any potential physical participation will have to be limited to New York based delegates only. All side-events will be virtual. The final format and programme of HLPF will follow the recommendations of the UN Medical Director regarding the convening of in-person meetings. More information will follow as soon as there is more guidance on the situation.
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The UN Global Compact will be hosting an official side-event during the HLPF, called SDG Ambition. This virtual side event will take place on Tuesday 14 July, from 08:00 -
09:00 EDT and will offer a unique opportunity to build on global momentum, raise awareness of the initiative to new stakeholders and connect a diverse audience, including CEOs, Ministers, Ambassadors, and UN Principals. CEO & Executive Director, Sanda Ojiambo, will lay out her her vision for the Decade of Action and the next steps for urgent, scalable and multi-stakeholder action to dramatically accelerate progress on the SDGs by 2030.