Key Co-facilitators selected for HLPF Political Declaration and the Finance for Development Declaration and SAMOA Pathway and Secretary General's Climate Summit

Ambassador Olof Skoog
High-Level Political Forum 2019
The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) will have two sessions in 2019. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces the UN President of the General Assembly has selected the co-facilitators for the Political Declaration for these meetings  These are Ambassador Sheila Gweneth Carey, Permanent Representative of Bahamas, and Ambassador Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative of Sweden,
The HLPF in July will be (9-18) July from Tuesday, 9 July, to Monday, 15 July 2019, it will then be followed by a three-day ministerial meeting convening from Tuesday, 16 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019.
Ambassador Sheila Gweneth Carey
The theme for that HLPF in July will be ''Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'. 
It will review of:

  • SDG 4 (quality education), 
  • SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), 
  • SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), 
  • SDG 13 (climate action) and 
  • SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), in addition to 
  • SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) which is reviewed each year.

The HLPF at the level of Heads of State and Government will be held for one-and-a-half days from 23-24 September 2019. There are some important resources for those engaging in this that can be found on the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development.
Finance for Development Forum Co-facilitators 
Ambassador Maria Angela Zappia
The Fourth ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development will reconvene from 15 to 18 April
2019.
The PGA Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces has appointed Ambassador Maria Angela Zappia, Permanent Representative of Italy, and Ambassador Lazarous Kapambwe, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Zambia, as co-facilitators for the preparation of draft conclusions and recommendations of the 2019 FfD Forum and to facilitate consultations among the Member and to facilitate consultations among the Member States. The agreed outcome of the Forum will be critical in setting the stage for a successful high- level dialogue of the General Assembly to be held in September 2019.States. The Addis Ababa High-Level Review will be on September 23rd critical with the HLPF in reviewing
Ambassador Lazarous Kapambwe
the delivery of the SDGs and what needs to be done to put us back on track to deliver the SDGs.
Like the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Finance for Development both have a four-year review and that is 2019
Secretary-General Climate Summit
In preparation for the Secretary-General Climate Summit, there will be a key meeting on climate finance on September 5.
We are significantly under-estimating the benefits of cleaner, climate-smart growth. Bold climate action could deliver at least US$26 trillion in economic benefits through to 2030. There are real benefits to be seen in terms of new jobs, economic savings, market opportunities, and improved well-being for people worldwide.
As well as these two major events the Secretary-General will host a 2019 Climate Summit on the theme ‘A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win, the event will be on the 23rd of September and will challenge states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens to step up action. This will be  in six areas:

  • energy transition, 
  • climate finance and carbon pricing, 
  • industry transition,
  • nature-based solutions, 
  • cities and local action, and 
  • resilience
This will help to create the roadmap to the 2020 UNFCCC key COP. building on the former Secretary Generals 2014 Climate Summit and this year California Summit.  

High-level Review of Progress on SAMOA Pathway
A fourth major event will happen in September 2019 on the 27th of September. This will be a Review of Progress on SAMOA Pathway. The review will look at progress made in addressing the priorities of small island developing States (SIDS) through the implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway. The UNGA also decided that the high-level review will result in “a concise action-oriented and the inter-governmentally agreed political declaration.

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