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:
- Business and Industry
- Children and Youth
- CSO Constituency on Financing for Development
- Education and Academics Stakeholder Group
- Indigenous Peoples
- Local Authorities
- Non Government Organisations
- Persons with Disabilities
- Scientific & Technological Community
- Stakeholder Group on Ageing
- Workers and Trade Unions
For more information, please see here.
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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Business & Industry Major Group Position Paper
- Children & Youth Position Paper
- Education & Academia Position Paper
- Farmers´ Position Paper
- NGO Major Group position paper | Supplementary position paper from the NGO Major Group´s cluster on human rights
- Scientific & Technological Community position paper
- Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities´ Position Paper
- Volunteer Groups’ Position Paper
- Women Major Group position paper
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.
COUNTRY & REGIONAL SPECIFIC REPORTS
- 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.
- Description: News bulletin service consisting of daily reports and resources from the HLPF 2017 and other intergovernmental meetings on Sustainable Development.
- 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.
|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|
|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. Bragdonemail@example.com||+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 Okogunfirstname.lastname@example.org||312 731 1589|
|Major Group on Children and Youth||Ame Esangbedo||Amenawon.email@example.com||+1 646 549 7070|
|NGO Major Group, Women’s Major Group, Major Group on Children and Youth;
|Women’s Major Group;
Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF)
|Volunteer Group||JamesO’Brienfirstname.lastname@example.org||+353 86 0674292|
|Stakeholder Group on Ageing, Gray Panthers||Jack Kupfermanemail@example.com||917 535 0457|
|NGO Major Group;
Human Rights, WASH
|Savio Carvalhofirstname.lastname@example.org||0044 7961421542|
|CIVICUS||Oli Henmanemail@example.com||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. Leonellifirstname.lastname@example.org||+1 571 345 8526|
|Bread for the World Germany, Social Services Agency of the Protestant Church of Germany||Dr. Luise Steinwachsemail@example.com||+49 162 2830 257|
|Education and Academia Stakeholder Group (EASG)||Katarina Popovicfirstname.lastname@example.org||+381 63 316 730|
|Plan International||Erin Helfertemail@example.com||+1 917 398 0018 Ext. 4|