July 2018 - UNITAR is organizing multiple learning and capacity development events during this year’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Convened under the theme of “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”, the HLPF 2018 will feature an in-depth review of Goals 6, 7, 11, 12, and 17 and presentations on country-level progress towards SDGs by 47 UN Member States. The Forum also co-hosts with UNDESA a SDGs Learning, Training and Practice Centre and contributes to the programme of special events and official side events.

HLPF 2018

HLPF Events organized and co-organized by UNITAR

UNITAR will be convening multiple events during the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

I. UNDESA-UNITAR SDGs Learning, Training and Practice Centre

9 July to 13 July 2018, 10:00 – 13:00 and 15:00 – 18:00, UNHQ, Conference Room 5

Through this Centre, UNITAR and UNDESA aim to provide space for Governments, academic institutions, think tanks and other stakeholders to offer learning and training sessions on sustainable development implementation during intergovernmental meetings at the United Nations.

In addition to being a convener of the Centre, UNITAR also acts as an organizer or co-organizer of the following two events:

  • Monitoring peace, evaluating institutions, building capacity: A data-driven conversation on SDG 16 and its upcoming 2019 review (Organizers: UNITAR & IDEA) – 9 July at 9.30 AM - 11.30 AM
  • SDGs at the local level (Organizer: UNITAR) – 9 July at 11.30 AM - 01.00 PM.

Please see additional information and detailed schedule at www.unitar.org/ny

II. UNDESA-UNITAR “Leadership in the Public Sector” Event

10 July 2018, 13.15 PM – 14.30 PM, UNHQ, Room 5

During this event, UNITAR and UNDESA will present a new learning platform and a newly developed e-learning course on the Leadership in the Public Sector. The event will include a brief description of the substantive leadership topics covered in the course. Additionally, a new virtual platform and website, www.un-leadership-learn.org, for leadership training will be presented. Attendees will be able to test the platform and to sign up for free for the new leadership in the public sector course, which will commence on 1 August 2018.

III. Higher Education Sustainability Initiative Global Event

11 July 2018, 10:00 – 13:00, UNHQ, Conference Room 5 as part of UNDESA-UNITAR SDGs Learning, Training and Practice Centre

11 July 2018, 15:00 – 18:00, UNHQ, ECOSOC Chamber, plenary segment

  • Panel “How are Higher Education Institutions mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals into curricula, research and programmes”

Moderated by

Mr. Nikhil Seth, Executive Director, UNITAR


Mr. Ignacio de la Vega, Dean, EGADE Business School, Tecnologico de Monterrey; Dr. Joanna Newman, Chief Executive & Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities; Professor Jean-Marc Triscone, Vice Rector, Geneva University, Geneva Tsinghua Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals; Professor Yang Bin, Vice Rector, Tsinghua University (TBC); Ms. Eugenie Birch, Professor, University of Pennsylvania; Professor Chalapan Kaluwin, Acting Dean of Natural and Physical Science, University of Papua New Guinea; Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Development; and Ms. Maria Cortes-Puch, Head, National and Regional Networks, Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

HESI is a partnership between the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNESCO, UN Environment, UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, United Nations University (UNU), UN Habitat, UNCTAD, and UNITAR, which creates a space for dialogue and exchanges for higher education institutions in relation to the implementation of sustainable development.

IV. Official Side Event “StaTact, data governance and monitoring of the SDGs for strengthening resilience of countries in special situations"

11 July 2018, 18:30 – 20:00, UNHQ Conference Room 7

This Official Side Event organized in partnership with UN Statistics Division (UNSD) and with support from the Governments of Switzerland and Sweden will aim to present and show-case a new tool StaTact developed by UNITAR and UNSD to support the monitoring of the SDGs and inform decision-making to build sustainable and resilient societies. StaTact helps UN Member States address urgent data gaps and measurement bottlenecks in specific SDG-related priority policy areas. More specifically, it enables them to develop short-term and realistic action plans and strengthen governance of data ecosystems.

The StaTact was piloted in 15 countries, and 3 of them will be invited to share their experiences. This toolkit will be of special interest to the representatives of Planning Ministries, National Statistical Offices, line Ministries as well as all other stakeholders using or producing data, including traditional and non-traditional data sources. It complements the work carried out by Governments and NSOs on developing longer-term strategies on strengthening statistics for development.


Mr. Nikhil Seth, Executive Director, UNITAR, and Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Director, UN Statistics Division


Representatives of UNSD and UNITAR, Dr. Iwan Sno, Director, General Bureau of Statistics of Suriname, Mr. Tchaou Meatchi, Director of Planning and Development Policies, Ministry of Planning of Togo, and Mr. James Muwonge, Director, Socio-Economic Surveys, Uganda Bureau of Statistics

More information in the concept note.

V.  SDGs Learning & Training Workshop. System-thinking and policy planning for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SDG12): learning for impact across Agenda 2030.

12  July 2018, 10.00 AM – 01.00 PM
United Nations Headquarters in New York, Room S2727, 27th floor of the Secretariat Building

The objective of this workshop is to help Member States and stakeholders participating in the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development better understand the transformative dimension of Sustainable Development Goal 12 (SDG12) on Sustainable Consumption and Production and its centrality to Agenda 2030.

The workshop will also provide them with the knowledge and resources available to support decision making and implementation at global, regional and national levels.

The workshop has been jointly developed by UN Environment, serving as the Secretariat of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), UN Institute for Training and Research, International Resource Panel and other partners of the One Planet network.

More information in the concept note.


Background on High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will convene in New York, from 9 – 18 July 2018, and will be held under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. One of the key objectives of the Forum is to steer the process through political leadership, guidance, and recommendations and review the progress made towards achieving sustainable development. The theme of the 2018 HLFP meeting will be “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”. It will provide space for an in-depth review of progress in the following goal areas: Goal 6, Goal 7, Goal 11, Goal 12, and Goal 17.

The Forum comprises plenaries from 9 to 13 July 2018 and a three-day high-level segment with the participation of ministers from 16 -18 July 2018 when Member States discuss their progress at the national level. This year 47 Member states volunteered to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at HLFP.

For more information can be found on the United Nations Sustainable Development Knokwledge Platform.