The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), an annual gathering of all the Member States of the United Nations to review the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by different countries, will convene virtually for a second year running due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The HLPF 2021 will be held from 6 – 15 July, with the theme; “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.” The 2021 HLPF will consider Sustainable Development Goal 1 on no poverty, 2 on zero hunger, three on good health and well-being, 8 on decent work and economic growth, 10 on reduced inequalities, 12 on responsible consumption and production, 13 on climate action, 16 on peace, justice, and strong institutions, and 17 on partnerships.

Forty-three countries (including Japan and Zimbabwe, where Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have a presence) will be presenting their National Voluntary Report (VNR) to the Member States. As part of the forum, VNR offers an opportunity each year for the Member States to share experiences, successes, challenges, and lessons learned from implementing the SDGs. Civil society organizations and other stakeholders such as the private sector, academia, and others also participate in the HLPF. The UN Secretary-General in September 2019 declared 2020 – 2030 a decade of action to deliver on the Goals. The Decade of Action calls for the “acceleration of sustainable solutions to all the world’s biggest challenges — ranging from poverty and gender to climate change, inequality, and closing the finance gap.”

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur will be co-sponsoring an event on 14 July, at 7:30 AM EST, with the title, “The impacts of extractivism on the SDGs and Covid-19 recovery.” To access the event on 14 July, click on the following link

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