ASTRA Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health

The 2017 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (2017 HLPF) officially began on 10 July at the UN Headquarters in New York. It is the main UN platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda. In the opening speech, Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, stressed that “Gender inequality continues to persist worldwide, depriving women and girls of their basic rights and opportunities” and pointed out that “To ensure that sustainable development is realized by all people and for all people everywhere, a revitalized and enhanced global partnership that brings together all stakeholders and mobilizes all available resources is needed”. 


During the first week, 2017 HLPF focuses on the theme "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world". The set of goals to be reviewed in depth are the following:

  • 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.

In addition, Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development will be considered each year.

During the second week (17-19 July), a three-day ministerial meeting will be held as part of the High-Level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). 44 countries will also present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. 

A Joint Ministerial Declaration will be adopted by the HLPF on 19 July and by the ECOSOC High-Level Segment on 20 July.

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Source: EuroNGOs