HLPF

The High-level Political Forum (HLPF) annual meeting is the core United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

UNIDO is delighted to participate in the HLPF 2020, taking place from from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. Under the overall topic “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”, the participants will debate where we stand on the SDGs in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Live streams of the main sessions are available on the UN Web TV.

UNIDO ENGAGEMENT

  • 7 July - Innovation to overcome COVID19 and accelerate the transformative pathways to achieve the SDGs
  • 7 July - STI Roadmaps for SDGs – paving the pathways for sustainable recovery and future resilience
  • 8 July - SDG7 policy briefs - Advancing SDG7 in the time of COVID-19
  • 8 July - Sustaining efforts to ensure access to sustainable energy
  • 9 July - UN Roadmap for Accelerated Implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action for LLDCs in the Decade for Action and COVID-19 era
  • 13 July - Green Economy & COVID-19 Recovery: Implications for the Decade of Action
  • HLS

    When: 7 July 2020 I 08:00 - 09:00 EST I 14:00 - 15:00 CEST

    What: Side event on “Innovation to overcome COVID19 and accelerate the transformative pathways to achieve the SDGs”. 

    Organizers: UNIDO, the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF), the World in 2050 (TWI2050), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) 

    Description of the Event: Innovation has been the foundation of human and societal development since the dawn of civilization. While it has resulted in enormous benefits for human wellbeing, the unconstrained development of innovation has placed societies and ecosystems at risk. Technology’s disassociation with societal, institutional and cultural-related innovation has, to this day, affected its efficiency in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. While the current COVID-19 pandemic threatens the achievement of the SDGs, it also disrupts the global status quo and, thus, provides an opportunity to create sustainable societies for all and mitigate environmental impact at all scales. When properly directed, economic stimulus packages have the potential to ignite and leverage innovation in technology, behaviors, and institutions to guide humanity towards sustainability.

    During this session, TWI2050 will launch its 3rd report Innovation for Sustainability: Pathways to an efficient and sufficient post-pandemic future (available as of July 6). The report focuses on accelerating the deployment and diffusion of innovations to achieve a transformation towards the SDGs.

    UNIDO has a long track-record of supporting sustainable innovation and will present its action-oriented expertise across regions. The Vienna Energy Forum —co-organized by UNIDO, IIASA and the Austrian Government—has gathered thinkers and practitioners from all over the world to discuss practical solutions to sustainable development challenges. In this respect, the VEF has been instrumental in the formulation of the energy-related targets embedded in SDG7 (affordable and clean energy), and will continue to serve as a platform to meet salient energy challenges moving forward. During this HLPF side event, scientists, policymakers and UN experts will discuss how to innovatively rebuild from the COVID-19 induced crisis. 

    Where: Register here and see the full programme of the Forum here

    Who:

    • Johan Rockstroem, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, TWI2050 author
    • Nebojsa Nakicenovic, IIASA, TWI2050 author
    • Kristie Ebi, University of Washington, TWI2050 author
    • Tareq Emtairah, Director of UNIDO’s Department of Energy
    • Jeff Sachs, SDSN, TWI2050 author

  • HLPF

    When: 7 July 2020 I 08:00 - 09:00 EST I 14:00 - 15:00 CEST

    What: Side event on STI Roadmaps for SDGs – paving the pathways for sustainable recovery and future resilience”. 

    Organizers: Government of the Republic of Serbia - Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, the Interministerial Working Group for the Implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Government of Japan, European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, UN Inter-Agency Task Team for STI for SDGs

    Description of the Event: The participants will discuss the role of STI for SDGs Roadmaps in the post-COVID 19 recovery context. The countries active in the Global Pilot Programme for STI for SDGs Roadmaps will explain their role in increasing the development of national STI systems, mapping the STI capacities and stakeholders and facilitating evidence for informed-policy making and better cooperation in crises. STI for SDGs Roadmaps should serve as potential pathways to sustainable recovery and future resilience and support the implementation of STI for SDGs roadmaps and learning from practical experiences and success stories in order to prepare for the Decade of Action and Delivery.

    Where: Register here and see the full programme of the Forum here

    UNIDO Speaker:

    Fernando Santiago Rodriguez, Industrial Policy Officer

  • HLS

    When: 8 July 2020 I 07:30 - 09:00 EST I 13:30 - 15:00 CEST

    What: Side event on SDG7 policy briefs: Advancing SDG7 in the time of COVID-19”. 

    Organizers: Permanent Mission of Norway, SDG7 Technical Advisory Group

    Description of the Event: The side event intends to inform relevant discussions on Advancing SDG 7 in the time of COVID-19. A series of Policy Briefs on SDG 7 and its interlinkages with other SDGs, will be presented by the multi-stakeholder SDG7 Technical Advisory Group, composed of experts from governments, UN organisations, International Organisations and other stakeholders. Experts will share key policy messages, demonstrate action and discuss future directions towards the Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs, the implementation of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024 and other related processes.

    Where: Register here and see the full programme of the Forum here

    UNIDO Speaker:

    Stephan Sicars, Managing Director of the Environment and Energy Directorate 

  • HLS

    When: 8 July 2020 I 15:00 - 16:00 EST I 21:00 - 22:00 CEST

    What: Official meeting on “Sustaining efforts to ensure access to sustainable energy”. 

    Description of the Event: Energy lies at the heart of both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. As governments worldwide tackle the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, we must not lose sight of the critical need for an accelerated clean energy transition. Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030 will open a new world of opportunities for billions of people through new economic opportunities and jobs, empowered women, children and youth, better education and health, more sustainable, equitable and inclusive communities, and greater protections from, and resilience to, climate change impacts Achieving SDG 7 will catalyze actions to combat climate change and advance targets of other SDGs and will contribute to accelerate transition to carbon neutral economy.

    Where: Register here and see the full programme of the Forum here

    Who:

    Chair: H. E. Ambassador Mher Margaryan, Armenia, Vice President of ECOSOC

    Moderator: Ms. Damilola Ogunbiyi, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

    Resource persons:

    • Mr. Francesco La Camera, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency
    • Mr. Hans Olav Ibrekk, Policy Director, Energy and Climate Change, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Co-Facilitator of SDG 7 Technical Advisory Group
    • Ms. Sheila Oparaocha, Executive Director, ENERGIA (international network on gender and sustainable energy)

    Lead discussant:

    • Ms. Leena Srivastava, Deputy Director General for Science, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, India (Science & Technology Community Major Group)

    Respondents:

    • H.E. Mr. Omar Ayub Khan, Minister of Energy, Pakistan
    • H.E. Ms. Cristina Gallach, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean (Vice-minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Spain
    • Mr. Li Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
    • Ms. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
    • H.E. Ms. Fatima Al Foora, Assistant Minister for the Ministry of Energy, United Arab Emirates

  • HLS

    When: 9 July 2020 I 12:00 - 13:30 EST I 18:00 - 19:30 CEST

    What: Side event on “UN Roadmap for Accelerated Implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action for LLDCs in the Decade for Action and COVID-19 era”. 

    Organizers: Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan/Chair of the Group of the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), Office of the High Representative of Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Islands Developing States (OHRLLS)

    Description of the Event: This HLPF Side Event is an opportunity for LLDCs and their partners to review the UN Roadmap and discuss the needed concrete responses by the international community for accelerated implementation of the VPoA in the Decade for Action and COVID-19 era. Focus will be on how different partnerships between UN system and other international organizations can help deliver on the VPoA, taking advantage of the respective mandates of the different organizations in the priority areas that can have greatest impact across the VPoA and the SDGs

    Where: Register here and see the full programme of the Forum here

    UNIDO Speaker:

    Mr. Li Yong, Director General 

  • HLS

    When: 13 July 2020 I 08:00 - 09:00 EST I 14:00 - 15:00 CEST

    What: Side event on “Green Economy & COVID-19 Recovery: Implications for the Decade of Action”. 

    Organizers: UNIDO, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), International Labor Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

    Description of the Event: Leaders from the United Nations, national governments, private sector and prominent institutions come together during the 2020 High Level Political Forum to discuss the future of the Decade of Action in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Now more than ever, the world is in need of an economic transformation – one that promotes both the sustainable well-being of individuals and of the environment in tandem. The choices that policymakers, businesses and individuals make now will determine if we prosper and accelerate a more sustainable world, or not. As we embark upon the United Nations’ Decade of Action, the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) is gearing up its support for the implementation of the SDGs by 2030

    Where: For further information and to register for the event, please visit UN PAGE; find the full programme of the Forum here

    Who:

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