Meetings & Events

(1st meeting) High-level Political Forum 2023

The Impact of the COVID Pandemic, Plus Worldwide Crises Must Be Overcome to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals, Speakers Stress, as High-Level Political Forum Opens

Half-way to 2030 with only 12 per cent of the Sustainable Development Goals targets on track, Member States must overcome the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple worldwide crises that threaten decades of progress in order to achieve the Global Goals, speakers stressed, as the high-level political forum on sustainable development, held under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, opened July 11, 2023.

Convened under the theme “Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels”, the forum — which runs until 20 July — will explore policies and transformations needed to overcome the multiple crises that continue to threaten decades of progress made in development around the world. Particular emphasis will be placed on trends and policies related to Sustainable Development Goal 6 (clean water and sanitation); Goal 7 (affordable and clean energy); Goal 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure); Goal 11 (sustainable cities and communities); and Goal 17 (partnerships for the Goals and their linkages to other Goals).