ATD International busy at HLPF: Global Goals for All!

Latest updates:

 On 14th July 2017, ATD Ireland wrote to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with the request to put in place a structure that will ensure that the Taoiseach’s Office and Department take overall responsibility for ensuring that Ireland delivers in full on its promises regarding the UN Sustainable Development Goals. (Full letter here)

On 19th July 2017, Ministers and high representatives of States, including Minister Andrew Doyle TD, Irish Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York, adopted the ‘Ministerial declaration of the 2017 high-level political forum on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the
Economic and Social Council, on the theme “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”’ (Draft declaration dated 14th July here)

Watch in replay Minister Andrew Doyle speaking on the 19th July at the HLPF Adoption session. Minister speaks from minute 55 and describes the Irish commitments towards the 2030 Agenda.

On 20th July 2017, Action for Sustainable Development, a civil society platform with over 1,700 members in over 150 countries, issued a response to the Ministerial declaration.

Read a summary of the full HLPF by IISD here: HLPF Summary


From 10th to 22nd July 2017, United Nations Member States including Ireland and leaders from civil society, business, UN System, specialised agencies, academia and other stakeholders convene in New York  for the annual High-level Political Forum (HLPF) to review progress made towards the Sustaingable Development Goals.


The Forum is the central UN platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, its theme this year will be “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”.

44 countries to present their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals at HLPF 2017

A few of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals will also be reviewed in depth at the 2017 meeting. They are:

  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal 17, which aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, will also be considered in depth, as it is every year.

A key task of the HLPF, as the central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, is to provide a forum for inclusive multi-stakeholder dialogue and to facilitate peer-learning and exchange. UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo emphasized the importance of continued commitment to the HLPF and the SDGs: “In a world that is going through rapid change, staying committed to the SDGs and multilateralism is essential to ensuring peace and security, the well-being of the planet and shared global prosperity.”

Reviewing progress towards the SDGs: 44 Member States will be conducting such reviews during the three-day ministerial segment of the Forum from Monday, 17 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2017. The reviews are state-led, involving ministerial and other relevant high-level participants, and provide a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders.

The Forum will conclude in a negotiated ministerial declaration. The co-facilitators leading the consultations for the declaration in 2017 are Ambassador Jan Kickert, Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations and Ambassador Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations. Draft Elements for the Ministerial Declaration can be viewed on the HLPF website.

Read now ATD’s statement prepared for HLP2017: Leaving no one behind: Case studies for implementing the 2030 Agenda with people in poverty as agents of change

ATD International will be co-facilitator of two major side-events. There will be over 100 side events taking place in the margins of the HLPF, as well an SDG live event with media interviews, brief panel discussions and other activities.

ATD international invites stakeholders:

Tuesday 11th July at 1.15pm for a special HLPF meeting of the “Leave No One Behind Dialogue Series”

Wednesday 12th July at 1.15pm for a special meeting dedicated to the impact of the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Don’t miss also the side-event from the Leave No One Behind network: Leave No One Behind: Ensuring inclusive SDG progress on Tuesday 18 July from 13:15-14:30 at UN Headquarters in New York (Conference room 11).