SDG 16 @ HLPF 2019

HLPF 2019: 'Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality'

The UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) is the main platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It provides a unique opportunity to promote understanding of and support for SDG 16+: what it is; how it accelerates progress across the 2030 Agenda; how to implement it; where progress is being made; how to monitor progress; why it matters for inclusive development and transforming our world; and finally what it takes to create measurable improvements in peace, justice, and inclusive institutions that deliver on all goals for all people. 

The topic of the HLPF’s annual Thematic Review for 2019 is ‘Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality’. It will review five SDGs in depth, including SDG 16 on peaceful, just and inclusive societies, as well as SDG 4 on Education, SDG 8 on Growth and Employment, SDG 10 in Reducing inequalities, and SDG 13 on Climate Change. A coalition of SDG 16+ global initiatives, which includes the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, the 16+ Forum and the Pathfinders have come together around the Stand-Up for SDG 16+ campaign to promote more effective advocacy and action on SDG 16+.

The idea of the coalition was to conduct the following activities:

  • Organise Technical Consultations on SDG and related targets in other goals (“SDG 16+”) in different parts of the world and contribute to other relevant exchanges;

  • Launch an Online Consultation through e-discussions on the;

  • Publish an SDG 16+ Report, based on the technical consultations and the online consultation.

What are the overall objectives of the SDG 16+ coalition?

The SDG 16+ ‘Road to HLPF 2019’ initiative has the following objectives:

  1. Informing the Expert Group Meeting (EGM) hosted by UN DESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs) in early 2019 and the 2019 HLPF through the consultations and publication of the SDG 16+ Report;

  2. Identifying good practices in monitoring, reporting and implementation of SDG 16+ to strengthen country programming and support to national partners in delivering on SDG 16+, including by drawing on capacities of Member States, civil society and private sector through the Global Alliance;

  3. Strengthening advocacy at global, regional and national levels to encourage countries to strengthen reporting and implementation of SDG 16 as part of their national development and SDG implementation plans.

HLPF Process

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Other activities ahead of HLPF 2019

As every year, there are a number of UN-led activities to prepare the key elements of the HLPF, such as: 

VNR 2019 Preparation: Regional preparation meetings

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 16: Thematic review (The 'SDG 16 Global Conference')

27 May 2019 - 29 May 2019

Rome, Italy

  • Participants Expected: 200-300
  • Information page: click here
  • Draft Agenda: click here
  • Registration of Interest: Registration to this event is now closed 
  • SDG16 Hub event: click here
  • Civil Society Declaration on SDG 16+: click here

This event, organized by UN DESA with International Development Law Organization (IDLO), will take stock of global progress towards achieving the SDG 16; share knowledge, success stories and good practices; identify particular areas of concern and main challenges; and suggest ways forward in terms of policies, partnerships and coordinated actions at all levels as well as specific ways to leverage the interlinkages between SDG 16 and the other goals. The event will also draw on the reporting contained in the voluntary national reviews (VNRs). While sharpening the focus on SDG 16, it will further emphasize the integrated, indivisible, and universal nature of the 17 SDGs. These messages will help inform the HLPF, assist in planning its sessions, and serve to influence collaboration and programmes of work going forward from 2019.

Follow the events leading up to HLPF 2019 here