High-level Political Forum

The High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development established by The Future We Want, the outcome document of the Rio +20 Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012. It is the central body for the follow-up and review follows up and reviews the implementation of sustainable development commitments and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

HLPF provides political leadership, guidance and recommendations. It addresses new and emerging challenges; promotes the science-policy interface and enhances the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

HLPF meets every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the General Assembly; and every year under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council.

The forum, which adopts a Ministerial Declaration, is expected to start effectively delivering on its mandates to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations on the Agenda's implementation and follow-up; keep track of progress; spur coherent policies informed by evidence, science and country experiences; as well as address new and emerging issues.

UNESCO Office in New York has been actively promoting the priorities and the involvement of UNESCO in the work of the HLPF since its establishment in 2012 and the first session in 2013. 

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