High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development of the United Nations

The 2018 United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will be held under the theme of "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies."

The HLPF will also review several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in depth , including Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, that will be considered each year:

ICSU participates in several side events.

Workshop: Realising the SDGs in Cities: Aligning Knowledge, Tools and Monitoring Frameworks

Partners: International Science Council, UK Research and Innovation, Global Challenges Research Fund UK, UNSDSN, Cities Alliance, OECD, UN-Habitat

Date: 10 July, 8.45-14.30

Side event: Managing interactions between SDGs to drive SDG implementation from local to global levels, and long-term transformations

Date: 12 July 2018, 18.30-20.00, Conference Room E

Implementing the SDGs as an integrated set, taking full account of the interdependencies between them, creates opportunities for reframing development around people and the planet, promote policy coherence, create efficiencies, target investments, and promote stronger buy-in. Identifying co-benefits and potential conflicts across policy domains and sectors is key for an effective implementation of the SDGs and for prioritising investments, at all governance levels. Achieving the SDGs together as an “indivisible whole” is not only possible, but the only way of achieving the SDGs.

Working hand-in-hand with policy-makers and stakeholders, actions can be taken now to map interactions at country level and identify policy and knowledge gaps through a close collaboration between scientists, policy-makers, practitioners, and civil society. Realising the transformative potential of the SDGs also require to take a long-term approach to understand the range of pathways and the solution space to achieve the SDGs and secure long-term development outcomes, within planetary boundaries. Far from driving us away from progress, embracing complexity and systems-thinking opens opportunities for addressing the multiple dimensions of sustainability and enable progress across the whole agenda.

Moderator: Ruben Zondervan, Earth System Governance Project Office & Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future


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