The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2018 has started and we are there!

11 July 2018

The High Level Political Forum 2018 (HLPF) started on Monday 9th of July. It is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, until the 19th July. The Forum was established to bring together governments, civil society, and business to monitor, review and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting is being organised under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). 

Our delegation

 This year, EDF delegation is represented by our Vice-President Ana Peláez Narváez, Marion Steff (SDGs Coordinator) and Alexandre Bloxs (SDGs assistant). We are working closely with the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities to ensure our advocacy messages are included and heard!

Staff members Marion Steff and Alexandre Bloxs standing in front of High Level Political Forum banner


The theme of this year’s Forum is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” and the Goals under review include:

  • Goal 6 Clean water and sanitation
  • Goal 7 Affordable and clean energy
  • Goal 11 Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 12 Responsible consumption and production
  • Goal 15 Life on land
  • Goal 17 Partnerships for the Goals


The first day of the HLPF was marked by a strong representation of persons with disabilities


In the constituency panel of the opening ceremony, sat Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility. She reminded the importance of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind. She also stressed the fact that the 2030 Agenda was designed with a Human Rights basis. Therefore, shea asserted, business should be sustainable and should respect Human Rights principles, such as universal access. This will benefit to more than a thousand million persons with disabilities in the world. She also reasserted the importance to have reliable and quality data disaggregated by disability.


The President of the African Disability Forum, Mr Idriss Alzouma Maiga, also made a powerful statement during the plenary session. He reminded the importance of having quality data disaggregated by disability and stated:

“If we are not counted, we do not count and will be left behind!”.


What will happen at the HLPF 2018?


This year, over 30 persons with disabilities and advocates from all over the world are representing the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities at the Forum! We are going to participate in Voluntary National Reviews meetings, deliver official speeches at the Forum, participate in bilateral meetings with Member States and UN agencies and we will also attend numerous other events.

In addition, our side-event, in collaboration with the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities will be Wednesday 11th July. It is entitled “Goal 11: Inclusion of persons with disabilities in societies.” Ana Peláez Narváes will be speaking along the European Commission. During this side-event, we will launch our last policy brief on Goal 11 titled “Towards inclusive cities: Making UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 a reality in Europe”.

Fourteen European countries will be presenting their Voluntary National Reviews next week and will also receive questions from civil society representatives, where persons with disabilities will be hopefully included (we are working toward that!). The European countries presenting their VNR are

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland

Follow it live

If you want to watch the HLPF, please log on to the UN's WebTV, You can also follow EDF twitter account
For more information about the HLPF, check out the website
Read more about the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities here



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