HLPF statement reaffirms the SDGs as a model for accelerating action | News | SDG Knowledge Center
The 2022 session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) concluded with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration that strongly reaffirms the commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs , “recognizing it as the model of inclusive and sustainable development”. and a resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerating the decade of action and implementation for sustainable development, leaving no one behind.
The Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) summary report of the meeting highlights that the Forum convened “in the context of an ongoing global pandemic, geopolitical tensions and open conflict, and climate change” to review governments’ progress towards the SDGs and lead an in-depth look at SDG 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 14 (life below water), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the goals).
The IN B Note that “[a]As the morning papers during the two-week meeting were filled with stories about the Russian war in Ukraine, setbacks for women’s rights, unprecedented heat waves and the fall of three governments, delegates were called upon to prioritize action to:
- invest in equitable access to vaccines, including through license sharing to enable countries to produce vaccines and other medically important products;
- tackling the food, fuel and fertilizer crises that emerged from the war in Ukraine;
- increase investments in social and health protections, especially for women;
- increase the meaningful participation of young people in decision-making;
- investing in people, including through the Transforming Education Summit;
- “keep 1.5°C alive”, including by ending dependence on fossil fuels and investing in renewable energy; and
- examine access to and eligibility for concessional finance for developing countries.
The integrated, indivisible and interdependent nature of the goals, as well as considering the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and building back better in this light, was “an important underlying theme throughout the meeting”. . Discussions also focused on the needs of developing countries, including the Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI) as “a form of measurement that truly recognizes ecological and economic vulnerability”. The MVI, the ENB analysis suggests, could serve as an alternative to gross national income (GNI) “when assessing eligibility for concessional financing”. Its proponents argue that the MVI provides “a more nuanced picture” of the development of small island developing states (SIDS), including their vulnerability to repeated external shocks, and as such could provide much-needed support by facilitating “a differentiated approach to development financing.
During this year’s HLPF, 44 countries presented their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), sharing their experiences, successes, challenges and lessons learned. These countries are Andorra, Argentina, Belarus, Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Dominica, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Luxembourg, Malawi, Mali, Montenegro, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Switzerland, Togo, Tuvalu, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Uruguay.
The IN B emphasizes that the 2022 HLPF has begun planning for the second “SDG Summit”, to be held in September 2023, and that “Member States have been challenged to be ‘disruptive’ in their planning for the session and to seize the opportunity that this Summit can present to get back on track. The SDG Summit meets every four years at the highest level.
On the final day of the HLPF, delegates adopted a 142-paragraph Ministerial Declaration that member states negotiated over a six-month period. The IN B reports that a paragraph was put to a vote, due to disagreements over wording related to “the full realization of the right to self-determination of peoples living under colonial and foreign occupation”.
The 2022 HLPF Ministerial Declaration reaffirms: that “the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge”; “the importance of ensuring global food security”; and that “there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development”. It contains sections dedicated to the impact of COVID-19 on the 2030 Agenda and actions to recover better while accelerating progress towards the SDGs, the goals under scrutiny and the VNRs, the “ other priority issues” and “our roadmap for the way forward.”
The HLPF 2022 met under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) from July 5-7 and 11-15 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. Several hundred side events, special events, VNR labs and exhibitions took place in person and online. The HLPF brought together six heads of state and government, more than 130 deputy prime ministers, ministers and deputy ministers, as well as other representatives of governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society. [Earth Negotiations Bulletin Coverage of HLPF 2022]