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(12th meeting) Ministerial Segment, High-level…

(12th meeting) Ministerial Segment, High-level Political Forum 2023
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The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will be held from Monday, 10 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2023, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council . This includes the three-day ministerial segment of the forum from Monday, 17 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2023 as part of the High-level Segment of the Council. The last day of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC will be on Thursday, 20 July 2023.
  1. The ministerial declaration of the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development called for a Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) to be written every 4 years by an independent group of scientists appointed by the Secretary General. The GSDR is an assessment of assessments that presents state-of-the-art knowledge, bringing together diverse perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds, and relying on engagement with a wide range of experts and stakeholders. Its purpose is to strengthen the science-policy interface by providing a strong evidence-based instrument to support policymakers in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development. The GSDR is distinct but complementary to the SDG Progress Report as described in E/HLS/2016/1, providing a more scientific and analytical perspective, focused on the science -policy interface.

    The GSDR takes an integrated approach and examines policy options with a view to sustaining the balance between the three dimensions of sustainable development. With an assessment of the latest evidence, the 2023 GSDR provides a call to action at the mid-point on the 2030 Agenda emphasizing that transformation is possible and inevitable.

    Proposed questions for discussion:

    • What new scientific evidence is available at the half-way point toward 2030 to guide decision- makers in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?

    • During a tumultuous time like the present with the world facing multiple crises and SDGs feeling out of reach, what are some of the challenges and opportunities for strengthening the science-policy interface? Does the report make recommendations on how to build trust in science?

    • Given the latest research and lessons learned over the first half of the 2030 Agenda, how should decision-makers and other stakeholders prioritize their actions over the next seven years? What interventions must take place to support transformation?


    • H.E. Ms. Lachezara Stoeva, President of the Economic and Social Council

      Fireside chat Moderator:

    • Mr. Salvatore Aricò, Chief Executive Officer of the International Science Council Speakers:

    • Ms. Imme Scholz, Co-chair of the Independent Group of Scientists writing the Global Sustainable Development Report, Co-President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation

    • Mr. Jaime Miranda, Co-chair of the Independent Group of Scientists writing the Global Sustainable Development Report, Research Professor at the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, and Director of the CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases, at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH)


    • Ms. Sherilee Harper, Research Chair in Climate Change and Health, Associate Professor,

    School of Public Health, University of Albert, Canada