High-level Political Forum 2022

“Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”

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The High-level Political Forum (HLPF) is an annual intergovernmental forum at which countries review and report on progress towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The 2022 HLPF will take place from 5 to 15 July, under the theme ‘Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development‘.

The following goals will be under review:

  • SDG 4 on quality education
  • SDG 5 on gender equality
  • SDG 14 on life below water
  • SDG 15 on life on land
  • SDG 17 on partnerships for the Goals

More information on the 2022 HLPF is available here.


Programme and registration

For more information check out the new HLPF website, as well as the HLPF Concept note and online programme.β€― Events organized on the margins of the HLPF will be listed here

You can register to attend the HLPF here up until 24 June.  


HLPF Side-event

SDG midterm review: what have we learned from implementation to date? How can we fast-track progress?

7 July | 13:30 – 15:00 CEST | 11:30-13:00 UTC

Watch the recording:


Position paper from the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group

Every year the Science and Technological Community Major Group (STC MG) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) compiles and submits a position paper on the theme of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF). The primary audiences for the position paper are UN Member States and their permanent missions. The position paper is included in the official documentation of the HLPF.

This year’s position paper seeks to bring together the latest scientific evidence and thinking from the Scientific and Technological community to set out ways to support the full implementation of the SDGs while building a sustainable recovery from COVID-19. The position paper therefore seeks to reflect on responses to the COVID-19 crisis, and how these can be better steered to both advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and end the pandemic.

Scientific and Technological Community Major Group Position Paper for the 2022 High-level Political Forum

Building back better from the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full
implementation of the 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development.

June 2022


Read the statement

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SDG 14 and the interlinkages with other SDGs – Life below water

Martin Visbeck on behalf of the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group

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Other events from the community

Official HLPF side events, organized by ISC members and partners:

Tuesday 5 July 

07: 30 – 09:00 (virtual) Earth System Governance Foundation: The Political Effects of the SDGs since 2015 – Findings from the global SDG Impact Assessment  

18:00 – 19:30 (virtual) Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC): Youth Leading with Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) to Achieve the SDGs 

Wednesday 6 July  

07:30 – 09:00 (virtual) UNESCO: Leveraging ocean science and innovation for healthy and resilient coastal and marine ecosystem 

07:30 – 09:00 (virtual) China Association for Science and Technology: Partnerships for the Goals of Global Sustainable Development in the post-pandemic world 

07:30 – 09:00 (virtual) World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO): Utilizing Open Science Principles for Quality Engineering Education to advance the UN SDGs 

Thursday, 7 July 

07:30 – 09:00 (virtual) United Nations University: Climate Action and the SDGs β€” Closing Gaps and Strengthening Synergies 

07:30 – 09:00 (virtual) Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES): Asia-Pacific Regional Review of knowledge and experiences on environmental dimension of VNRs 

07:30 – 09:00 (virtual) International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions: From local perspectives to global principles: drawing lessons from local integration of 

culture in SDG implementation to help build back better globally 

07:30 – 09:00 (virtual) International Association of Universities (IAU): Quality Higher education tackling inequalities through partnerships 

Monday, 11 July 

13:00 – 14:30 (virtual) Integrated Policy Analysis Branch UN Secretariat: Leveraging interlinkages among the SDGs to realize the 2030 Agenda and build back better from COVID-19 

13:00 – 14:30 (CR-11 UNHQ) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction: A Risk-Informed Approach to Development in a COVID-19 Transformed World 

Tuesday 12 July 

07:30 – 09:00 (virtual) UN-Interagency Task Team (IATT WS6): Capacity building in STI for the SDGs UN-IATT’s perspectives on Capacity-Building in Science, Technology and Innovation for Achieving the SDGs 

13:00 – 14:30 (virtual) Economic Analysis and Policy Division UN Secretariat: The SDGs at a turning point: Ensuring progress in the midst of crises 

Friday 15 July 

13:00 – 14:30 (virtual) Convention on Biological Diversity: The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: Building Back Better and Advancing Implementation of the SDGs 

13:00 – 14:30 (CR-11 UNHQ) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction: VNR Lab: Applying the Sendai Framework to fast-track the 2030 Agenda through a risk informed approach 

HLPF Special Events

  • 2022 SDGs Learning, Training and Practice 5 – 15 July 2022

Join the 2022 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 theme of the 2022 HLPF and to the SDGs under review in 2022. Register here.

  • The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2022 Launch – 6 July

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World is an annual flagship report to inform on progress towards ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition and to provide in-depth analysis on key challenges for achieving this goal in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • 2022 Chief Sustainability Officers for SDGs – 13 July

The event will bring together business leaders and sustainable development champions for an engaging virtual dialogue to explore the commitments that leading companies are now making to drive progress to tackle inequality and arrest nature loss in order to put us on course for a world where everyone can live well, within planetary boundaries. Register here.


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