High Level Political Forum 2021

“Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development”

The high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) is the core United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The meeting of the HLPF in 2021 will be held from Tuesday, 6 July, to Thursday, 15 July 2021, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. This includes the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 13 July, to Thursday, 15 July 2021 as part of the high-level segment of the Council.

The theme will be “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”.


Read the Statement

The SDGs in time of crisis: A sustainable, inclusive and resilient recovery from COVID-19 as an opportunity to realize the SDGs

📑 Read the statement


Watch our events

Unleashing Science: Delivering Missions for Sustainability

📅 6 July 2021
🕥 11:30 – 13:00 UTC


Read the position paper for the 2021 HLPF

cover of the publication

Position paper from the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group

The paper sets out ways to advance progress on the SDGs throughout the Decade of Action while living with and through the COVID-19 pandemic and underscores the urgent need to address existing scientific evidence and move from plans to action.


Other events from the community

HLPF official side events

See the tentative programme of all HLPF side events.

Tuesday, 6 July

Thursday, 8 July

Friday, 9 July

Monday, 12 July

Tuesday 13 July

  • 13:00 – 14:30 EDT Secretariat of the High-Level Dialogue on Energy 2021 UN High-level Dialogue on Energy 2021: Accelerating progress towards universal energy access and net-zero emissions

Wednesday 14 July

HLPF Voluntary National Contributions (VNR) Labs

A series of VNR Labs will be convened on the margins of the 2021 HLPF, to provide an informal platform for experience sharing and reflection on the Voluntary National Review process.

HLPF Special Events

UN DESA and its partner agencies and organizations will organize special virtual events on the margins of the HLPF.

  • 2021 SDGs Learning, Training and Practice – 6 – 12 July
    Join the 2021 edition of the SDGs Learning, Training & Practice – a series of capacity building and knowledge learning sessions featuring speakers and experts from many sectors on crucial topics related to the implementation of the SDGs under review in 2021. Register here
  • 2021 HLPF Special Event on SDG Acceleration Actions on Thursday 08 July 2021, 08:00 am EDT. If you are interested to join, register here by COB 7 July 2021.
  • 2021 Chief Sustainability Officers for SDGs Event – Time to Transform: How business can lead the transformations needed to realize the SDGs on Thursday 15 July, 09.00 am EDT. For more information, including event registration, please visit the WBCSD event page.

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