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15.07.2016 - ODG

Director-General to participate in High-Level Segment of ECOSOC High-Level Political Forum

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will take part in the High-Level Segment of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) convened from 18 to 20 July 2016 under the auspices of ECOSOC at UN Headquarters in New York. This is the first HLPF after the historic adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is expected to provide leadership and guidance on the effective implementation of the Agenda; keep track of progress; spur coherent policies based on evidence and country experiences; as well as identify new and emerging issues. The core part of the HLPF will be a series of voluntary national reviews from 22 countries and thematic reviews of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, supported by input from inter-governmental bodies and forums.

On 20 July, the Director-General will moderate a panel session of the High-Level Segment on “Prospects for the future” which will discuss different scenarios for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals and emerging key issues, informed by scientific evidence where possible. On 19 July, the Director-General will open, along with H.E. Ms Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, and H.E. Mr Oh Joon, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN and President of ECOSOC, a HLPF high-level breakfast event on “SDG 4 – Education 2030: What policies and data to ensure that no one is left behind?”, co-organized by UNESCO and UNICEF, with the involvement of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. The event, which features several country presentations, is hosted by Morocco, Norway, and the Republic of Korea.

Other HLPF side-events (co)-organized by UNESCO include “Climate Services for Sustainable Water Resources Management” with the UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme and the World Meteorological Organization, and a panel on “Out-of-school, out of sight? How to reach millions of children and youth denied education opportunities, including in emergency and crises contexts”, with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the Global Education Monitoring Report.

At the margins of the ECOSOC-HLPF, the Director-General will have several bilateral meetings.

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