2021 High Level Political Forum on the Agenda 2030 and the Voluntary National Reviews

The High Level Political Forum 2021 will be held from Tuesday, 6 July, to Thursday, 15 July 2021, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. This includes the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 13 July, to Thursday, 15 July 2021 as part of the high-level segment of the Council. The theme will be: “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”. HLPF 2021 will discuss SDGs 1 , 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 16, and 17. The Forum will also consider the integrated, indivisible and interlinked nature of the Sustainable Development Goals. There is already a wealth of information on the 2021 HLPF website and under Programme.

The HLPF will be hosted virtually and all official sessions of the 2021 HLPF will be available to watch via UN Web TV

ICAE has been very active already in the last couple of months by leading the Advocacy and the VNR Task Groups of the MGoS Coordinations Mechanism, attending and contributing to Expert Groups Meetings as well as negotiations on various outcomes documents.

Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs)

You can check here if your country is presenting a VNR this year.
  The usual practice of Major Groups and other Stakeholders having an opportunity to ask a question of VNR countries following their presentations will continue this year. The MGoS VNR Task Group recently shared details about the nomination and collaboration process. UN DESA in collaboration with the MGoS-Coordination Mechanism hosted  three webinars (English, French, and Spanish) to introduce new representatives of the MGoS to the Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) at the HLPF. The webinar covered key characteristics and objectives of the VNRs, as well as opportunities and best practices for stakeholder engagement in preparation for the HLPF.  

The video recordings and PowerPoint presentations can be found below:
Français: Lundi 7 juin @ 9h – 10.30h EDT (New York) 
Webinar [EN] – A brief overview of the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the HLPF 2021
Présentation PowerPoint par UNDESA et les Grands groupes et les autres parties prenantes (GGPP)

Español: Martes, 8 de junio @ 2.30 – 4.00pm (Nueva York)
Seminario [ES] – Examenes Nacionales Voluntarios (EVN)
Presentación de PowerPoint par UN DESA et los Grupos principales y otras partes interesadas

English: Wednesday, 9 June @ 9am – 10.30am EDT (New York) 
Webinar [EN] – A brief overview of the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the HLPF 2021
PowerPoint Presentation by UN DESA and the Major Groups and other Stakeholders

VNR Labs
Registration is open! A series of VNR Labs will be convened on the margins of the 2021 HLPF, to provide an informal platform for experience sharing and reflection on the Voluntary National Review process. As always, the Labs will be held under the Chatham House rule and will be open to Member States, the UN system and representatives of Major Groups and other Stakeholders. You may register directly for the VNR Labs.

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