High Level Political Forum

“The United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) was mandated in 2012 by the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).  The format and organizational aspects of the HLPF are outlined in  General Assembly resolution 67/290.

The HLPF meets every year under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, and every fourth year, it also meets under the auspices of the General Assembly.  The goal of the HLPF is to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations on follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The HLPF convenes “thematic sessions” and considers the Voluntary National Reviews submitted by Member States.  The outcome of the HLPF is a “Ministerial Declaration” .

Detailed information on sessions of  the HLPF is here:  https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

1) The 2023 HLPF (https://hlpf.un.org/2023) will take place, in person, 10-19 July 2023 in New York, with the theme “Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels.

The HLPF in 2023 will also review in-depth:

a. SDG6 – clean water and sanitation

b. SDG7 – affordable and clean energy

c. SDG9 – industry, innovation and infrastructure

d. SDG11 – sustainable cities and communities

e. SDG17 – partnerships for the Goals

2) The official session of the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders, of which the Stakeholder Group on Ageing is a member, will take place on Friday, 14 July 2023, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

3) For registration at HLPF, deadline is 25 June 2023 - https://hlpf.un.org/2023/registration-participation

4) The 40 presenters of their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) are - Bahrain, BarbadosBelgiumBosnia and Herzegovina Brunei Darussalam Burkina Faso,CambodiaCanadaCentral African Republic Comoros, ChileCroatiaDemocratic Republic of the Congo European UnionFiji, France, Guyana, Iceland, Ireland, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Maldives, Mongolia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, SingaporeSlovakiaSt Kitts & Nevis Syrian Arab Republic Tajikistan,Timor-LesteTurkmenistanUnited Republic of Tanzania UzbekistanViet Nam, Zambia. Please click here for more information.

6) Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) – for participation in the reviews, SGA members should contact Ms. Sylvia Beales (Gray Panthers, at sylvia.bealesgelber@gmail.com) who is a member of the Task Group of the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders that facilitates civil society participation in the VNRs.

7) SDG Summit - https://hlpf.un.org/sdg-summit
Every fourth year of the implementation 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an SDG Summit is held under the auspices of the General Assembly (the first one was held in 2019).   In 2023, the SDG Summit in 2023 will mark the mid-point of the implementation of the 2030.Agenda.  It will be held from  18 to 19 September 2023 and will be chaired by the President of the General Assembly.  The outcome of the Summit will be a negotiated political declaration.     


The Stakeholder Group on Ageing facilitates annual participation of its members in preparatory events leading up to the HLPF and during the HLPF itself.