Note from UNDESA on UN HLPF 2021
blue 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 to Participate.
you 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.
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 and SDGs under review can be found on the the 2021
HLPF website, please track the ‘Latest’ column on the
right-hand side of the home-page.
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.
UN DESA and the MGoS-CM will also host update calls with the broader MGoS constituents.
Meeting 2: To be confirmed
Meeting 3: To be confirmed
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.
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.
Please contact your Major
Group and other Stakeholder constituency for further information on the
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.
Français: Lundi 7 juin @ 9h – 10h EDT (New York)
Español: Martes, 8 de junio @ 2.30 – 3.30pm (Nueva York)
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.
Discussion papers on the theme of the high-level political forum on sustainable development (final), submitted by major groups and other stakeholders can be found on Documentation & Inputs section of the HLPF website:
The deadline for submission of Sectoral
Position Papers has closed. Each MGoS constituency was invited to submit a
paper. The focus of the Sectoral Position Papers was the theme of the 2021
HLPF. The deadline for submission of these papers has passed. The papers will
be reviewed and uploaded as inputs to the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information, including 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
The application process is open until midnight (New York) ET on Monday, 31 May 2021. Due to the number of applications received, please finalise the details of your side event before the application deadline.
The deadline for
submission of applications for Exhibitions has passed. UN DESA will now review the applications and
contact the applicants with the next steps soon. All information on Exhibitions
can be found on the HLPF website, please note that UN
DESA will not be responsible for hosting the digital platform for each
exhibition, this will be the responsibility of the host organisation.
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.
Intergovernmental Policy and Review Branch
Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development
Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)