The seventh session of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development was held under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The session took place from 9 - 15 July 2019, and at the ministerial level from 16- 18 July 2019.
HLPF 2019 addressed the theme, 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'. It conducted in-depth reviews of 6 Sustainable Development Goals. (SDGs) namely SDG 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all); SDG 8 (Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all); SDG 10 (Reduce inequality within and among countries); SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), in addition to SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) which is reviewed each year.
The High-level Political Forum (HLPF) is the central multi-stakeholder mechanism established by the United Nations for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. In accordance with paragraph 84 of the 2030 Agenda, Member States have decided that the HLPF shall carry out regular voluntary reviews of the 2030 Agenda which will include developed and developing countries as well as relevant UN entities and other stakeholders. 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.
During the 2019 HLPF , forty-seven countries conducted their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) including 17 from Africa namely Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Mauritania, Mauritius, Rwanda, South Africa, Tunisia, Tanzania and Sierra Leone. The latter was undertaking he review for the second time.