HLPF Ministerial Declaration adopted

The High-level Political Forum Ministerial Declaration was adopted after a vote on paragraph 19 on language on Paris Agreement was called for by Nicaragua. It stated that Nicaragua refuses to sign the Paris Agreement because it will not ensure remaining below 1.5 degrees. Its requests for flexible language in the Ministerial Declaration had not even been heard by "powerful countries", and did not find any understanding from the co-facilitators. Hence it called for a vote on paragraph 19.

The result of the vote was 141 in favour of keeping paragraph 19; 1 against; and 3 abstentions (Russia, Myanmar, Egypt)...

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Ministerial Declaration – Silence broken

We have been informed that the silence on the HLPF Ministerial Declaration has been broken by two countries. Apparently Morocco as broken the silence over foreign occupation and Nicaragua over the Paris climate change language.  

We will now wait to see the final language for adoption.



Ensuring that no-one is left behind: Lifting people out of poverty and addressing basic needs No 2

The following statement was delivered by Marianne Haslegrave, Commonwealth Medical Trust, as a member of the NGO Major Group:

Following the comments of our presenters, to ensure no one is left behind, we need to start on a strong foundation where peoples’ basic needs are being addressed. In looking at concrete steps that can be taken, and in ensuring long-term access to basic needs, we agree on the importance of capacity-building, particularly skills-building at all levels, from the grass-roots but would also include the full involvement of civil society...

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Ensuring that no-one is left behind: Lifting people out of poverty and addressing basic needs No 1

The following statement was delivered by Sai Jyothirmai Racherla, Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) on behalf of the Women’s Major Group:

INTERVENTION: Ensuring that no one is left behind- Lifting people out of poverty and addressing basic needs

July 11, 2016, 3.00 PM

Sai Jyothirmai Racherla


Sai in her intervention asks the panel some critical questions that needs to be integrated within the SDG agenda to ensure no one is left behind  and lifting women and young girls out of poverty...

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HLPF Ministerial Declaration — Final declaration for silence procedure

The final version of the HLPF Ministerial Declaration has been issued under silence procedure. It will be under silence until 6 pm today, 18 July, after which it will be adopted as is, unless any Member State objects.

 Health care is included in paragraph 6, together with social protection in the context of “where physical, mental and social well-being are assured...” The enjoyment of health care services for women and girls are also referred to in paragraph 10.


Report on Science, Technology and Innovation Forum, 6-7 June 2016 by Ambassador Macharia Kamau

Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya, Co-chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum briefed the high-level and political forum (HLPF) on its first meeting, at the UN in New York, on 6-7 June 2016.

Double-edged sword

In introducing his report of the meeting, Ambassador Kamau noted that the meeting room was full of familiar faces who had been involved over the past three years and would now be involved in the “business of implementing the 2030 Agenda.” He made a “caveat statement” about the STI Forum, however, noting that all are in agreement that STI is important and that it is fair to say that what has transpired in the world has been characterized by...

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High-level political forum – Report of the Secretary-General

The annual progress report of the Secretary-General on Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, prepared in accordance with General Assembly resolution 70/1, is now available. It is based on “a proposed global indicator framework developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goals Indicators.” (See: E/CN.3/2016/2/Rev.1 Annex IV). It was agreed to, “as a practical starting point” at the Statistical Commission’s 47th session. (See: E/2016/24, chap. I, sect. B, decision 47/101) The Secretary-General notes that some targets are not reflected at this time “owing to a lack of data, or because they are measured by indicators that are still undergoing methodological development.” (paras 1-3)...

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Health-related HLPF side events

Please see the attached list of health-related side events during the HLPF between the 13th and 20th of July. 



We have received the following from CIVICUS:


  • To facilitate communication, NGOs who will be attending the HLPF are asked to sign up for the NGO google group by taking the following survey here.
  • Logistical information note for participants on registration, arrival & check-in, MGoS seating arrangements, speaking arrangements, daily coordination meetings, rooms for caucus meetings, overflow rooms, webcasting, HLPF app, may be found here.
  • Detailed HLPF program (including schedule of National Voluntary Reviews) & list of side events may be found here. All HLPF meetings will be webcast.
  • On Sunday 10 July, the Pass and ID Unit will be open from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. Delegations,...

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2016 HLPF: Logistical information

We have received the following from DESA: 

As a reminder, a note containing useful logistical information about the upcoming 2016 HLPF session (11-20 July) is available here.

As you will see from the note, there will be daily morning coordination meetings for MGoS from 8:30-9:30 a.m. during the HLPF. The first morning coordination meeting will be held on Monday, 11 July, at 8:30 a.m. in conference room 4. Please note that the UN entrance at 46th street and 1st avenue will be open for MGoS as of 8 a.m. on Monday.