Information from UNDESA on this years High Level Political Forum
Please find enclosed the latest announcements and advocacy
opportunities in preparation for the 2021 High-level Political Forum on
navigation bar on the 2021 HLPF website includes a Stakeholders segment. All information contained in these update emails
will be available there. The vast majority of advocacy opportunities at the
HLPF involve nomination processes which commence with the Major Groups and
other Stakeholders. Please see the sub-section dedicated to How
would like to join one of the Major Groups and other Stakeholders, you can find
contact details in the same Stakeholders section of the website under Introduction.
For ease of reference in future update emails, any future headings
containing new information will be marked with [update], whereas upcoming deadlines will be marked as
HLPF 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".
HLPF 2021 will discuss SDGs 1 ,
2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 16, and 17. The Forum will also consider the integrated,
indivisible and interlinked nature of the Sustainable Development Goals. There
is already a wealth of information on the 2021
HLPF website, please track the ‘Latest’ column on the
right-hand side of the website’s homepage.
The 2021 HLPF will be hosted virtually. All official sessions of
the 2021 HLPF will be available to watch via UN Web TV. MGoS colleagues will not need to register via
Indico, as was required when the HLPF was hosted in-person. In a similar format
to last year’s HLPF, access to the virtual platform will only be provided to
MGoS colleagues who have formal, active roles in the official sessions of the
HLPF i.e. as MGoS Lead Discussants, Resource Persons, Intervenors.
Given the virtual nature of this year’s HLPF, funding will not be
available to bring MGoS colleagues to New York.
UN DESA and the MGoS-CM will also
host update calls with the broader MGoS constituents. These will be hosted by UN DESA
via WebEx, the invitations will be shared with you today. The first meeting
will take place on 27 May @ 9am (New York) ET, Webex log-in details can be found at the bottom
of this email. The date of the meetings will soon be
The HLPF 2021 under the auspices of ECOSOC shall result in a negotiated ministerial declaration for inclusion in the report of the Council to the General Assembly. The President of the ECOSOC Mr. Munir Akram has appointed H.E. Ambassador Jukka Salovaara, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Finland to the United Nations, and H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Hussein Bahr Aluloom, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations, as co-facilitators of the 2021 ECOSOC High Level forum and HLPF Ministerial Declaration.
In the Outcome section of the 2021 HLPF
website, you will be able to locate the proposed timeline for the upcoming
negotiations and the latest revised drafts of the Ministerial Declaration,
along with the latest letters from the co-facilitators.
The consultations on the Ministerial Declaration are
closed and not therefore available on UN Web TV. One representative from each
of the Major Groups and other Stakeholders can however, participate as
observers in the negotiations. Furthermore, there will be two oral interventions
from the MGoS-Coordination Mechanism as a whole. Please contact your Major
Group or Stakeholder Group to find out about the nomination process.
Official Thematic Sessions
There are 13 thematic official sessions in this year’s
HLPF programme. UN DESA has invited the MGoS-Coordination Mechanism to nominate
one MGoS representative to participate as a Lead Discussant in each of these
dialogues. There will be a slate of 13 Lead Discussants in total.
In previous years, each Major Group or Stakeholder
Group conducted its own process to nominate Lead Discussants. These nominations
have then been reviewed by the MGoS-Coordination Mechanism based on thematic
expertise, gender, geographic location, age, and other factors, in order to
determine the final slate of nominations. The slate of nominations is then
reviewed by the President of ECOSOC.
Please contact your Major Group and other Stakeholder
constituency for further information on their nomination process.
In addition to the formal roles as MGoS Lead
Discussants, MGoS representatives also have the opportunity to contribute
interventions to the official thematic sessions of the HLPF once the debate is ‘opened
to the floor’. The number of interventions entirely depends on the amount of
time available at the end of the session. These are typically 1-2 minute
interventions, used by MGoS representatives to ask questions or raise points
with members of the panel.
Please contact your Major Group and other Stakeholder
constituency for further information on the nomination process.
The MGoS Official Session is scheduled
to take place on 9 July 2021 from 3 - 5pm ET (New York time). It is titled:
“Vision and priorities of civil society, the private sector and other major
groups and stakeholders: realizing the SDGs during the COVID-19 recovery”.
As an official session, this will be available to watch via UN Web TV.
UN DESA will be working with the MGoS-Coordination Mechanism to
identify Moderators, Panellists, and Lead Discussants for this session. Please contact your Major
Group and other Stakeholder constituency for further information on the
Voluntary National Reviews
Interventions & Questions
The usual practice of Major Groups and other Stakeholders having
an opportunity to ask a question of VNR countries following their presentations
will continue this year. UN DESA will be working closely with the MGoS VNR Task
Group in preparation for these official sessions. The MGoS VNR Task Group
recently shared details about the nomination and collaboration process but all
will be outlined further as part of the webinar series below.
UN DESA in collaboration with the MGoS-Coordination Mechanism will
host three webinars (English, French, and Spanish) to introduce new
representatives of the MGoS to the Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) at the
HLPF. The webinar will cover key characteristics and objectives of the
VNRs, as well as opportunities and best practices for stakeholder
engagement in preparation for the HLPF.
Lundi 7 juin @ 9h – 10h EDT (New York)
Español:Martes, 8 de junio @ 2.30 – 3.30pm (Nueva York)
Wednesday, 9 June @ 9am – 10am EDT (New York)
Register Here / Incrivez-vous ici / Regístrese aquí
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. As always, the Labs will be held under the
Chatham House rule and will be open to Member States, the UN system and
representatives of Major Groups and other Stakeholders. You may register
directly for the VNR Labs, more information will be available on the website
later this month.
The discussion papers on the
theme of the HLPF which were submitted by MGoS E/HLPF/2021/2 (Advance unedited version) can
be found on Documentation & Inputs
section of the HLPF website.
Sectoral Position Papers
MGoS are invited
to submit extended position papers, which will be uploaded as inputs to the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. The focus of the Sectoral Position Papers is the theme of the
2021 HLPF, as noted above. The deadline for submission of the MGoS Sectoral Position
Papers will be COB Friday, 28 May 2021. Please contact your MGoS
constituency to inquire about the drafting process.
Paragraph 89 Reports
In line with Paragraph 89 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development, “The HLPF will support participation in
follow-up and review processes by the major groups and other relevant
stakeholders in line with Resolution 67/290. We
call upon those actors to report on their contribution to the implementation of
Organisations accredited with ECOSOC status or Organisation that appear on the CSD Roster are permitted to submit reports. The (soft) deadline for the submission of Paragraph 89 reports will be COB Monday, 7 June 2021. Please continue to share your reports with Emnet Bekele: email@example.com
application guidelines, can be found on the HLPF website under Other Events. All side events will be held
virtually. One slot will be allocated to each of the MGoS constituencies.
ECOSOC accredited organisations and Organisations on the CSD Roster may also
submit applications to host side events.
UN DESA will not be responsible
for hosting the digital platform for each side event, this will be the
responsibility of the side event’s host organisation. Please do not submit
applications with timings for side events that overlap with the official
sessions of the HLPF. With reference to Question #3 in application form, all
organisations above are asked should select ‘Representative of the Major Groups
and other Stakeholders’ from the drop-down menu.
The application process is open
until Monday, 31 May 2021. Due to the number of applications received,
please finalise the details of your side event before the application deadline.
application guidelines, can be found on the HLPF website under Other Events. All exhibitions will be held
virtually. UN DESA will not be responsible for hosting the digital platform for
each exhibition, this will be the responsibility of the host organisation. The
application process is open until Sunday, 30 May 2021.
Please also take an opportunity
to explore the Special Events that the UN DESA and its partner agencies and
organisations will organise virtually, on the margins of the HLPF this year.
‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021’ and the ‘2021 SDGs
Learning, Training, and Practice’ can be found under Other Events.
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