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Publication Launch - The Future of the High-Level Political Forum: Fit for Purpose?

Tuesday, 22 September, 2020

This webinar occurred on Monday, 14 September to announce the publication of the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future's first sdg2030 Series report: The Future of the High-level Political Forum – Fit for Purpose?

The future of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) has been a matter of debate since it was created out of Rio+20, and before the negotiations for the Sustainable Development Goals. The resolution establishing the HLPF agreed to a review of it in 2020. This has now been moved to the autumn of 2021.

With this webinar, the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future launched a summary document outlining the ideas presented during the 13 July 2020 ‘Pop-up Side Event’ at the 2020 HLPF: ‘Lessons from the Proposal for a Sustainable Development Council for the UN General Assembly (from Rio+20) for the Future of the High-level Political Forum.’

The report captures the inputs from the speakers and respondents from the ‘Pop-Up’ event, all of whom were active during Rio+20 and the creation of the HLPF.

The speakers included Jan-Gustav Strandenaes and Mohamed Khalil, and the respondents were Paula Caballero, Albert Butare, and Marianne Beisheim.

The report was introduced by Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Senior Advisor, Stakeholder Forum

Moderator: Felix Dodds, Adjunct Professor, the University of North Carolina