High Level Political Forum 2018
2018 is an invaluable opportunity to bring water, sanitation and hygiene to the front of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda. In July the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will meet in New York to discuss progress on the SDGs.
What is the HLPF?
The HLPF meets annually at the United Nations in New York under the Economic and Social Council. As part of the review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 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”
The HLPF aims to:
- Facilitate the sharing of experiences on SDG progress including successes, challenges and lessons learned.
- Accelerate implementation of the 2030 agenda
- Strengthen policies and institutions of governments
- Mobilise partnerships and multistakeholder reporting
Governments present voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of their progress on the SDGs. The VNRs report on national progress and key findings on the 6/7 goals that are selected to report on that year. The VNR countries submit a comprehensive written report as well as documents detailing key findings.
Why is the 2018 HLPF so important?
The 2018 HLPF will be meeting from 9th – 18th of July (including a ministerial meeting 16th-18th July). The theme of this year’s meeting is ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’ and VNR countries will be reporting on Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, as well as goals 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17.
Who is presenting VNRs?
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Benin, Bhutan, Cabo Verde, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Namibia, Niger, Paraguay, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, State of Palestine, Sudan, Switzerland, Togo, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vietnam.
This is an important moment for civil society to engage with this process and ensure that Goal 6 is properly reviewed. Most countries are already off track on their progress to achieve Goal 6, and unless substantial change is made we will not reach everyone everywhere with water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.