The United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

The United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is a subsidiary body of both the UN General Assembly and the UN Economic and Social Council. The HLPF is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development.  It adopts negotiated declarations and has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level.

The establishment of the HLPF was mandated at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also referred to as Rio+20, in 2012. The first meeting of the HLPF was held in 2013. The HLPF replaced the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which had met annually since 1993.

The High-Level Political Forum meets annually under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council for eight days, and every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the UN General Assembly for two days.

As part of its follow-up and review function, the 2030 Agenda encourages member states to “conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels, which are country-led and country-driven.” These national reviews are expected to serve as a basis for the regular reviews by the HLPF. These regular reviews provide a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders.

For more information on HLPF, see https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

The International Council on Environmental Economics and Development (ICEED) regularly attends HLPF official meetings and side events, while also sponsoring and or hosting side events.