Major Groups and other Stakeholders at the UN High Level Political Forum

UN High Level Political Forum

The High Level Political Forum is the preeminent space within the United Nations to work on sustainable development. It is the home of the Sustainable Development Goals and was established to bring together governments, companies and civil society to monitor and review the goals.

The theme of this year´s High Level Political Forum (10-19 July, UN Headquarters, New York) is “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” and will focus on evaluating implementation efforts for the following SDGs in 44 countries:

  • Goal 1. End poverty
  • Goal 2. End hunger
  • Goal 3. Ensure good health and wellbeing
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality
  • Goal 9. Improve infrastructure, industrialization and innovation
  • Goal 14. Conserve oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Goal 17: Build partnerships for goal delivery

Countries under review at this year´s High Level Political Forum

Afghanistan; Argentina; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belgium; Belize; Benin; Botswana; Brazil; Chile; Costa Rica; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Guatemala; Honduras; India; Indonesia; Iran; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kenya; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Maldives; Monaco; Nepal; Netherlands; Nigeria; Panama; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Slovenia; Sweden; Tajikistan; Thailand; Togo; Uruguay; Zimbabwe

Civil Society at the HLPF – Major Groups and other stakeholders

The UN Major Groups and other Stakeholders is an official mechanism to allow broad public participation in decision-making related to international sustainable development. There are currently nine stakeholder groups who are able to have a formal say in the design of sustainable development policies and programs, these constituencies include; Business and Industry; Trade Unions; Indigenous Peoples; Children and Youth; Women; Farmers; Local Government; Non-governmental Organisations; Science and Technology community. As of the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Summit in 2012, governments invited other stakeholders, including local communities, volunteer groups and foundations, migrants and families, as well as older persons and persons with disabilities, to participate in UN processes related to sustainable development. These stakeholder groups each have coordinators whose role it is to reach out to their global constituency, prepare them for UN deliberations on sustainable development, and prepare position papers and inputs.

At the High Level Political Forum Major Groups and other Stakeholders are able to participate in the following ways:

  • Attend all official meetings of the forum;
  • Have access to all official information and documents;
  • Intervene in official meetings;
  • Submit documents and present written and oral contributions;
  • Make recommendations;
  • Organize side events and round tables, in cooperation with Member States and the Secretariat;

To learn more about the Major Groups, please click on the constituency that aligns with your work:

For more information, please see here.

Major Groups and other Stakeholders´ Programme

To complement the calendar of UN deliberations and official side events taking place at the High Level Political Forum, the Major Groups and other Stakeholders have also put together the following programme of civil society meetings taking place inside and outside UNHQ. If you would like your event included, please fill-out this short form.

Conference Room/Venue Time Title Organisers
Monday 10 July
Baha’i Community, 866 UN Plaza 9:30 Beyond Slogans – Good Practice to Count Us In Stakeholder Group on Ageing; Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities; African Disability Forum; Gray Panthers; UNRISD
CR 5 13:15-14:30 Third Committee ISHR
CR B 13:15-14:30 Making SDG 4’s commitment to universal, free education vital Education and Academia Stakeholder Group (EASG)
The Church Center for the United Nations, 10th Floor Conference Room 14:00-15:30 The Global Invisible Mosaic: Community Mapping the SDGs for Subnational Implementation The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation AND Korea SDGs Network
Baha´i UN Office 14:00-16:30 Descent-based discriminated communities & global caste – strategies to address them through SDGs Asia Dalit Rights Forum
CR 6 15:00-18:00 UN SDG Learning and Practice Session-“Boosting grassroots participation in SDG implementation” Women Thrive Alliance and NGO CSW/NY
Tuesday 11 July
CR 7 8:15-9:30 Youth Action Today for a Healthy Tomorrow: Overcoming Hurdles to Achieve Health Equity UN MGCY, IFMSA, CYHN, CUHK Centre for Global Health, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, IPSF, YP-CDN
CR 3 8:15-9:30 Making Development Smart and Inclusive IFLA, Article 19
Baha´i UN Office 10:00-12:00 Release of Sustainable Development Goals India Report Wada Na Todo Abhiyaan
Permanent Mission of Ireland 13:00-14:30 Poverty to Prosperity: Shared Stories from NGOs Working with Communities Permanent Mission of Ireland, International Presentation Association, Company of the Daughters of Charity, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, International Association of Schools of Social Work, Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary-Loreto Generalate, Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, UNANIMA International
Church Center for the UN, second floor 13:15 Eliminating Child, Early and Forced Marriage Zonta International
Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN 885 second Avenue 13:15-14:30 Poverty to prosperity shared stories from NGOs working with communities Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, International Presentation Association, Company of the Daughters of Charity, Congregation of our Lady of the Charity of the Good Shepherd, Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary Loretto Generalate, International Association of Schools of Social Work, Religious of the Sacred heart of Mary, UNANIMA International
CR 4 13:15-14:30 Creating communities where kids and youth thrive IOGT International, Government of Iceland, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN 13:15-14:30 Poverty to Prosperity: Shared Stories from NGO’s working with communities International Presentation Association; Daughters of Charity; International Association of Schools of Social Work; Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd; Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary; UNANIMA International
CR 7 13:15-14:45 Leave No One Behind Dialogue Series – Reaching the furthest behind first: what does it mean for people, policy and practice? The International Movement ATD Fourth World, SOS Children’s Villages International and the Bahá’í International Community
UN 15:00-18:00 UN Major Groups Session with Member States Major Groups
CCUN, 2nd floor 18:00-19:30 Advocacy Training for Goal 5 on Gender Equality NGO CSW/NY
CR A 18:15-19:30 Massive Obstacle to Development – Alcohol Harm IOGT International, Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN
Wednesday 12 July
CR E 8:15 Opportunities that Fiscal Policy, Open Contracting & Tax Justice Hold for Gender & Economic Equality under the SDGs Center for Economic & Social Rights, Hivos East Africa, FEMNET, Tax Justice Network Africa, INESC, Christian Aid
UN Church Centre 13:00-15:30 Intersectionality of Gender, Caste & Descent Discrimination in Implementation of SDGs – Moving towards a poverty free world Asia Dalit Rights Forum
Permanent Mission of Ireland UN 885 Second Ave 19th Floor 13:15-14:30 Poverty to Prosperity: Shared Stories from NGO’s working with communities International Presentation Association; Daughters of Charity; International Association of Schools of Social Work; Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd; Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary; UNANIMA International
866 UN Plaza, Suite 120 13:15-14:30 Participation: What a Day to End Poverty Can Accomplish The Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, UNDP, the Division for Social Policy and Development of UN DESA, the International Movement ATD Fourth World, the International Committee for October 17, the NGO Committee on Social Development, and the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd.
Baha’i Office at the UN 15:00-16:30 SDG 1 and Inequality Government of Togo, GCAP, Social Watch, IFP,ATD FourthWorld, Action4SD, African Platform for Social Protection, APSD, CIVICUS
Permanent Mission of Ireland UN 885 Second Ave 19th Floor 18:15-19:30 Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction to Eradicate Poverty and Promote Prosperity: Sharing the outcomes of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction UNISDR, UN MGCY, IFRC, Mexico, Switzerland
Belgian Mission to the UN 18:30 Ever wondered how the HLPF will look like in 2030? Travel to the future with the UN Youth Delegates! UN Youth Delegates to the HLPF
Thursday 13 July
CR 11 8:15-9:30 From commitment to implementation: SDGs and Human Rights OHCHR, GANHRI, CIVICUS, CESR
CR E 8:15-9:30 Policy coherence and financing for sustainable development with equality Civil Society Financing for Development Group including the Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development, Femnet, Forum for Women and Democracy, Womankind Worldwide
Baha´i UN Office 13:00-15:00 TAP Network Strategy and Networking Luncheon TAP Network
CR 5 13:15-14:30 Sharing national experiences of persons with disabilities regarding multiple & cross-cutting discrimination as core issues contributing to poverty African Disability Forum, Disabled People’s Organization of Denmark & European Disability Forum
CR 5 13:15-14:30 Sharing national experiences of persons with disabilities regarding multiple & cross-cutting discrimination as core issues contributing to poverty Stakeholder Group of People with Disabilities
Dag Hammarskjold Library 13:30 2030 Vision: How Libraries Help Deliver the Sustainable Development Goals NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger at the United Nations, and the Food and Ag Cluster of the NGO Major Group of the SDGs
CR E 18:15-15:19:00 Our Lived Realities: Evidence for a Justice Approach to the SDGs RESURJ/IPAS
CR B 18:15-19:30 TAP Network: Measuring Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies – Launch of the inaugural SDG16 Global Data Report TAP Network
CR 6 18:15-19:30 The urban lens: An accelerator of poverty eradication and prosperity Interconnected approaches to address poverty, hunger, health and well-being, gender equality, resilient infrastructure and innovation UN MGYC, Ford Foundation, Cities Alliance, World Resources Institute, UN Foundation, UN-Habitat, Germany
Friday 14 July
UN Church Centre 9:30-14:00 TAP Network: Beyond Voluntary National Reviews – Global Workshop on Civil Society Parallel Reports for SDG16 TAP Network
UN Church Centre 13:15-14:30 From Shrinking Spaces to Feminist Movement Building: Key priorities on SDG 5 and 16 Women Deliver, Women for Women International, Women´s International League for Peace and Freedom, CIVICUS, FEMNET, and Men Engage Alliance
UN Church Center 13:15-14.45 p.m What and who may be missing from the review of the food, nutrition and sustainable agriculture-related SDGs at the 2017 HLPF? NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger at the United Nations, and the Food and Ag Cluster of the NGO Major Group of the SDGs
UN Church Center 15:00-16:30 Harnessing the power of volunteering to achieve the 2030 Agenda: what governments can do to create, and sustain, an enabling environment for volunteering to contribute to the 2030 Agenda Volunteer Groups Alliance
Baha´i UN Office 14:00-16:00 NGO Major Group Annual Meeting NGO Major Group
Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission (221 East 52nd Street, New York) 16:00-18:00 Progress of SDGs in East Asian Context: from the view of civil society in South Korea and Japan – Specifically on SDGs 16 & 17 KCOC, KoFID, Korea SDGs Net, ChildFund Korea, KCSN, SDGs Japan, JANIC, World Vision Japan and ADA
Saturday 15 July
UN Church Centre 9:00-15:00 Citizen Accountability and inclusion in the Voluntary National Review Process Action for Sustainable Development
Sunday 16 July
Paper Factory Hotel 9:00-13:00 Making Multi-stakeholder partnerships work for the SDGs Tellus Institute & The MSP
UN Church Centre 9:00-15:00 Action for Sustainable Development Programmatic Programming Action for Sustainable Development
333 7th Avenue, 6th Floor 15:00-17:00 CSW62 planning discussion with Women´s Rights Caucus Women´s Rights Caucus
UN Foundation 16:00-19:00 Protest movements pushing back against nationalism Concord, GCAP, IFP, CIVICUS
Monday 17 July
CR 6 08:15 – 09:30 Youth Implementing the Sustainable Development Agenda: Operationalising Para 89 UN MGCY, OSGEY
UN Church Center 13:00-15:00 Grassroots Perspectives: Reviewing SDG Implementation International Presentation Association, Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Company of the Daughters of Charity, International Association of Schools of Social Work, VIVAT International, Soroptomist International, Business Professional Women’s Foundation, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, NGO Committee on Social Development
WeWork 13:00-17:00 GCAP Global Council Meeting GCAP
Millennium Room, ONE UN Hotel 13:30-15:00 VNRs and Spotlight Reports: Reporting about the SDGs in the Latin American context Cepei, Gestos, Mesa de Articulación and Accion, in partnership with Together 2030 and Action for Sustainable Development
New York Public Library Evening Reception by International Freedom of Library Associations & Institutions – Launch of new report International Freedom of Library Associations & Institutions
UNICEF Room Labouisse Hall 17:45 – 18:30 Community actors speak out Aidsfonds, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, IFRC, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, UNAIDS, Aids-Fondet, Free Space Process
Tuesday 18 July
CR 11 13:15-14:30 Leave No One Behind: Ensuring inclusive SDG progress Leave No One Behind Partnership, UK Mission, Mission of The Netherlands, UNICEF, UNDP, ODI, GPSDD, Action for Sustainable Development
Church Center for the United Nations 14:00-15:00 A Feminist Accountability Framework: What the World Needs to Achieve Gender Equality and All the Sustainable Development Goals International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), the Governments of Costa Rica and Zambia, UN Women, Equal Measures 2030, Global Citizen, Save the Children, Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) and the Women’s Major Group
UN Correspondents Room 0310 15:00-16:30 Engaging Everyone for the SDGs OECD, Government of Canada

Statements & Resources



Civil Society Response to the High Level Political Forum Ministerial Declaration (EN | ES | FR)  Action for Sustainable Development

  • Upon the culmination of the  HLPF, Action4SD issued a response to the ministerial declaration with recommendations on how to advance goal implementation and civil society engagement.

UN member states must support civil society to implement an ambitious global agenda for sustainable development (EN | ES | FR) – International Forum of National NGO Platforms

  • Leading civil society network has called on the governments of all UN member states to fully support and resource civil society to implement the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Record Numbers gather at the the United Nations for High Level Meeting on the Sustainable Development Goals – Major Groups and other Stakeholders

  • Global Civil Society Calls for Greater Inclusion and Participation to Accelerate Implementation of Key Commitments for the Survival of the Planet.

Key Messages from Expert Group Meeting on Securing Women’s Land Rights in SDGs – Landesa, Women’s Major Group & WEDO

  • Description: Key messages on measuring improvements in women’s land rights in relation to land indicators in the SDG’s.

Cross-Regional SRHR Statement on SDG 3 and 5 – Rutgers

  • Description: Many nations came together to make this statement and reaffirm their commitment to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and all the Sustainable Development Goals and targets.

Making eradication of poverty an integral objective of all policies: what will it take? – Dianova International

  • Description: Addressing the challenges related to the development of our societies, this comprehensive agenda presents an innovative perspective to work on each of the issues it brings, highlighting the value and necessity to address the different needs of humanity, environment, and institutions in an integrated and interdependent manner.

Civil Society Key Messages on Food and Agriculture (SDG2) at HLPF: Food systems transformation are a driver for the integrated implementation of the 2030 Agenda and all SDGs  – Civil Society

  • Description: Civil Society goes further than what could be included in the EGM outcome reports and outlines their concerns concerning SDG 2.

Agenda 2030 for LGBTI Health and Well-Being – Global Forum on MSM & HIV, OutRight Action International,  The Global Advocacy Platform to Fast Track the HIV and Human Rights Responses with Gay and Bisexual Men

  • Description: Written in collaboration with the Global Platform to Fast Track the Human Rights and HIV Responses with Gay and Bisexual Men, the report illustrates how Sustainable Development Goal 3, Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All at All Ages, is relevant to the specific health needs of LGBTI people.

A World That Cares: How to Support Children Without Parental Care Through the Sustainable Development Goals – SOS Children’s Villages International

  • Description: The intention of this report is to set forth recommendations to discuss policies, programmes and services that governments should put in place to ensure that progress towards the SDGs will improve the lives of children without parental care and vulnerable families in vital areas, such as health, education, employment, protection and caregiver support.

Development and Access to Information, Executive Summary 2017 – IFLA in partnership with the Technology and Social Change Group

  • Description: The report underlines the importance of meaningful access to information as a key supporting factor across the development agenda and offers a set of baseline indicators of the different pillars of access, thematic chapters by recognised experts on four of the focus SDGs at this year’s HLPF (agriculture, health, gender and innovation), and a focus on the contribution that libraries in particular can make.


The Major Groups and other Stakeholders have produced position papers for the High Level Political Forum with recommendations on how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships. Papers were submitted to the HLPF from the following groups:


Means of implementation or means of appropriation? – Spotlight on Sustainable Development 

  • Description: Global spotlight report challenges the notion that “trillions of private finance” are needed to advance SDG implementation and highlights the centrality of public policies and investments, pointing out how developed countries’ refusal to any meaningful democratization of global economic governance and the pervasive private sector bias.

SDGs at the Subnational Level: Regional Governments in the Voluntary National Reviews – Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development – nrg4SD, in collaboration with ORU-Fogar

  • Description: This report highlights important findings and recommendations on how regional governments have been and should be included in the national reviews of the SDGs and introduces some interesting considerations on how regional governments can be enabled to play its potential as drivers of the implementation.

NGO Major Group HLPF Press Release – NGO MG

  • Description: As the UN Sustainable Development Forum continues, NGOs call for a new development paradigm based on collaboration and participation.

Press Release for Brazil CS Spotlight Report Launch in NY – Brazilian civil society Working Group for the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development

  • Description: As per the NGO-MG “digest to end all digests”, a press release about the launch of the Brazilian civil society spotlight report focusing on the seven Goals being debated this year at the HLPF.

Solar Cooking as a Transformative Policy: Media Alert – Solar Cookers International (SCI)

  • Description: Solar Cookers International (SCI) is advocating for the use of solar cooking as the preferred and transformative policy option.


Shadow Report: Nepal Brief Shadow Report from Community Forest Users – FYI the Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN)

  • Description: This shadow report explores the perspective gaps between the community-based natural resource management and rural women groups and offers suggestions to improve VNR and process in Nepal

Civil Society Report on Implementation of SDGs in Nepal, 2017 – NGO Federation of Nepal

  • Description: Nepal’s Civil Society assesses sits implementation, progress, and and perspective on the SDGs.

Girls and the Sustainable Development Goals in Selected Countries in the Asia-Pacific Region -Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW)

  • Description: This Review aims to provide an analysis on girls and issues related to their well-breing using selected SDGs, related indicators, and secondary data from 12 countries with a regional overview wherever possible.

IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub

  • Description: News bulletin service consisting of  daily reports and resources from the HLPF 2017 and other intergovernmental meetings on Sustainable Development.

Social Media Toolkit: Women´s International League for Peace and Freedom – Mobilising awareness and action to make the SDGs work for women and girls in conflict situations

  • Description: A social media packet for the HLPF to help you get started and help maintain your presence on social media during the HLPF.



From the ground up, the Major Groups and other Stakeholders constitute a global network of member-based civil society organisations, constituencies, and concerned citizens. Their experiences and expertise are essential for making international development fair and effective for everyone.

The organizing partners (coordinators) of each Major Group and other Stakeholders constituency are listed below. For media enquiries, please contact the organizing partner and/or the additional directory of press contacts for notable experts who can comment and provide insights on a wide range of issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals and international development.

Organising Partners

Women Women in Europe for a Common Future Ms. Sascha Gabizon Germany
GFC Global Forest Coalition Ms. Isis Alvarez Colombia
WEDO Women’s Environment and Development Organization Ms. Eleanor Blomstrom USA
Children and Youth Restless Development Mr. Jack McQuibban UK
European Youth Forum Mr. Lloyd Russell-Moyle UK
Pacific Youth Council Ms. Tahere Siisiialafia Samoa
Children and Youth International Mr. Aashish Khullar India
Indigenous Peoples Tebtebba – Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education Ms. Galina Angarova Philippines
International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) Mr. Roberto Borrero Taino
Non-governmental Organizations Baha’i International Community Mr. Daniel Perell United States
Soroptimist International Ms. Alice Oluoko-Odingo Kenya
Local Authorities nrg4SD – Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development Ms. Susanna Rivero Baughman Brussels
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Mr. Yunus Arikan Germany
United Cities and Local Governments Ms. Natalène Poisson Spain
Workers and Trade Unions International Trade Union Confederation Mr. Matt Simonds France
Education International Ms. Antonia Wulff Belgium
Business and Industry International Chamber of Commerce Ms. Louise Kantrow United States
International Road Transport Union (IRU) Mr. Igor Runov United States
International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) Mr. John Drexhage Canada
Scientific and Technological Community International Council for Science Dr. Lucilla Spini France
World Federation of Engineering Organisations Mr. Reginald Vachon Canada
International Social Science Council Ms. Heide Hackmann France
Farmers World Farmers Organisation Ms. Luisa Volpe Italy
Canadian Federation of Agriculture Mr. Drew Black Canada
IFOAM – Organics International Mr. Gabor Figeczky Germany
Persons with Disabilities International Disability Alliance Mr. Vladimir Cuk United States
Volunteers Volunteer Groups Alliance (VGA) c/o VSO Ireland Mr. James O’Brien Ireland
Volunteer Groups Alliance (VGA) c/o France Volontaires Ms. Coline Peyre Ireland


Press Contacts

Phone Number
  NGO Major Group; WCPUN, UNA-USA, Academia Mexicana Aaron Etra


+1 917 856 3500

 NGO Major Group; Food and Agriculture Cluster. Quaker UN Offics Susan H. Bragdon +1 503 4197826
 Women’s Major Group, NGO Major Group, Volunteer Major Group;

Member HLPF Coordination Mechanism, Communications Task Force, Executive Director, OOSAIF/SD-Values

Justina Okogun 312 731 1589
Major Group on Children and Youth  Ame Esangbedo +1 646 549 7070
NGO Major Group, Women’s Major Group, Major Group on Children and Youth;

IOGT Internation

 Maik Dünnbier +46721555036
Women’s Major Group;

Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF)

Hanna Gunnarsson +4915204058573
Volunteer Group JamesO’Brien +353 86 0674292
Stakeholder Group on Ageing, Gray Panthers Jack Kupferman 917 535 0457
NGO Major Group;

Human Rights, WASH

Savio Carvalho 0044 7961421542
CIVICUS Oli Henman 44 7803 169 074
NGOs, Children and Youth, issues related to HIV among key populations (gay and bisexual men, transwomen, sex workers, injection drug users) Stephen J. Leonelli +1 571 345 8526
 Bread for the World Germany, Social Services Agency of the Protestant Church of Germany Dr. Luise Steinwachs +49 162 2830 257
Education and Academia Stakeholder Group (EASG) Katarina Popovic +381 63 316 730
Plan International Erin Helfert +1 917 398 0018 Ext. 4