High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Background information on HLPF

One of the central outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, was the establishment of a High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) to replace the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD). Following informal consultations led by representatives from Brazil and Italy at the United Nations in New York, the General Assembly laid down the format and organisational aspects of the HLPF in its resolution A/67/290 on 9 July 2013. According to the resolution, the HLPF is the leading intergovernmental body within the UN on issues of sustainable development with universal participation of all UN member states.

The HLPF missions are:

  • to make recommendations for sustainable development;
  • to ensure improved integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development (environmental, social, economic);
  • to promote and facilitate the sharing of best practices, experiences and constraints in implementing sustainable development and
  • to review the implementation of commitments in the field of sustainable development (for example Rio Declaration, Agenda 21, Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, Rio+20 outcome document, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs).

New challenges are to be taken into account adequately, and all UN institutions, funds and programmes, civil society and major groups to be included effectively. The HLPF will also strengthen the interface between science and politics - particularly in the form of a Global Sustainable Development Report by the UN.

The HLPF convenes:

  • every four years for a period of two days at the level of heads of state and government at the beginning of the session of the General Assembly (SDG Summit) and
  • annually for a period of eight days, including a three-day ministerial segment held in the framework of the substantive session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

At the end of each session, a negotiated political declaration is submitted to the General Assembly or ECOSOC, respectively. Since its fourth meeting in July 2016, convened under the auspices of ECOSOC, the HLPF reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These reviews involving high-level government representatives are carried out on a voluntary basis. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) hold lead responsibility for the HLPF within the German government.

YearTopicLevelSDGs in focusNumber of voluntary country reports
2022Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentECOSOC4, 5, 14, 15, 1746
2021Sustainable 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 developmentECOSOC1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16, 1742
2020Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable developmentECOSOC-47
2019SDG summit at opening of UN General AssemblyGeneral Assembly--
2019Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equalityECOSOC4, 8, 10, 13, 16 und 17tbd
2018Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societiesECOSOC6, 7, 11, 12, 15 und 1747
2017Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing worldECOSOC1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 14 und 1743
2016Ensuring that no one is left behindECOSOC-22
2015Strengthening integration, implementation and review – the HLPF after 2015ECOSOC--
2014Achieving the MDGs and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the SDGsECOSOC--
2013Building the future we want: from Rio+20 to the post-2015 development agendaECOSOC--

Past HLPF meetings


2030 Agenda

Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs

Last updated: 05.07.2022

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