High level political forum – latest developments

One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference was the establishment of the high level political forum (hlpf), which is an intergovernmental platform aimed at following up and assisting the implementation of sustainable development actions around the world.

The hlpf shall be based in the experiences of the Commission on Sustainable Development, and subsequently replace it. As defined in the “Future We Want” document, the format for the forum was decided after an extensive process of informal consultations, under United Nations General Assembly.

The 67th UNGA adopted on 9th July a resolution (Draft A/67/L.72) outlining the format and organizational aspects of the High-level Political Forum.

Emphasizing the need for an improved and more effective institutional framework for sustainable development, it was decided that the High-level Political Forum should provide a dynamic platform for regular dialogue and for stock-taking and agenda-setting to advance that process. The new Forum consistent with its universal intergovernmental character should provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations for sustainable development follow-up and review progress in the implementation of related commitments and enhance integration the three dimensions of sustainable development in a holistic and cross-sectorial manner.

The meetings will be convened:

  • Every four years, under UNGA auspices, at the level of Heads of State and Government for two days at the beginning of the Assembly session;
  • Annually, under the Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) auspices, with eight days duration, including a three-day ministerial segment

Both meetings will result in negotiated declarations

The resolution also stresses the need for the forum to promote transparency and implementation by further enhancing the consultative role and participation of the major groups and other relevant stakeholders at the international level in order to make a better use of their expertise. In this regard, it allows major groups and other relevant stakeholders to: attend all official meetings of the forum; have access to all official information and document; intervene in official meetings; submit document and present written and oral contributions; make recommendations; organize side events and round tables, in cooperation with Member States and the Secretariat of the United Nations.

The General Assembly recommended that the Economic and Social Council abolish the Commission upon the conclusion of its twentieth session.

Please, for more information check:

http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1556

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