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At The UN, Countries To Demonstrate Stronger Commitment To Sustainable Development In Response To The Pandemic

Pre-HLPF press

Thursday 1 July

12:30 pm

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year’s High-Level
Political Forum on Sustainable Development
from 6 to 15
July 2021 is a decisive moment for catalyzing action on the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the
Decade of Action on Sustainable Development
. Under the
auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the
Forum – a mix of in-person and virtual meetings – will
showcase how countries are responding to the COVID-19
pandemic, in a way that helps realize the SDGs. It will
underscore that the Goals are the only recourse for building
a more resilient, equitable and sustainable future, but also
identify the approaches that are working and the
difficulties all countries are facing as they embark on an
SDG-driven recovery from the pnademic.

The Forum will
focus on a sustainable and resilient recovery from the
COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and
environmental dimensions of sustainable development. It will
hone in on the situation and progress towards nine
Sustainable Development Goals: 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16,

As the world continues to grapple with the
pandemic and rising inequalities, 43 countries will present
their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) of actions taken to
achieve the SDGs in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.
Following each presentation, other countries and civil
society organizations will have an opportunity to ask
questions and learn from each other’s

The HLPF is also an opportunity to
inspire SDG Accelerations Actions. Currently, there are over
300 initiatives by governments and non-state actors, to
accelerate the implementation of the SDGs. These ambitious
actions, ranging from inclusive entrepreneurship for persons
with disabilities to biodiversity conservation, will be
featured at a special event on SDG
Acceleration Action
on 8

WHAT: Curtain-raiser media
conference on the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable
Development; Guest at the Noon Briefing of the Spokesperson
of the Secretary-General

WHO: His
Excellency Mr. Munir Akram, President of the UN Economic and
Social Council

WHEN: Thursday 1 July
2021, approximately 12:30 pm

WHERE: Watch live on

#GlobalGoals, #HLPF


In addition to over 300 side
, there will be several special events,
including the launch of the SDGs Report 2021 (6 July), SDG
Learning, Training and Practice (6-12 July), the SDG
Acceleration Action event (8 July), the SDG Film Festival
(12 July), the Local and Regional Governments Forum (12-13
July), the Chief Sustianability Officers Special Event (15
July) among others.

For more information on all
special events and side events, see 

Media Zone 

The SDG Media Zone will feature
media-led conversations on socioeconomic recovery and SDG
action from around the world. 
Watch on UN
Web TV
(exact times TBD)

For more
, please visit:

HLPF events will be live-streamed on UN Web TV:

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