The meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, holds July of each year; including a three-day ministerial meeting of the forum. Effective implementation of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs will require access to knowledge and information, not only for policy makers and leaders to design well-informed and effective policies and strategies, but also for committed and engaged individuals around the world to guarantee that no one is left behind.

The Division for Sustainable Development Goals in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are co-organizing the HLPF SDGs Learning, Training and Practice sessions a capacity building, networking and experience-sharing event, with high-level speakers and experts on crucial topics related to the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.

The HLPF SDGs Learning, Training and Practice sessions aim at providing space for Governments, academic institutions, think tanks and other stakeholders to offer learning and training sessions on sustainable development implementation during intergovernmental meetings at the United Nations. It will also provide an opportunity to HLPF participants to acquire practical knowledge, information, skills, training as well as exchange of views on lessons learned, experiences and best practices to find effective sustainable solutions to challenges in their countries, communities, cities, villages and/or neighbourhoods.

Concretely, the HLPF SDGs Learning, Training and Practice sessions will aim to advance:

  • Knowledge and skills acquisition
  • Networking
  • Sharing experiences and peer to peer collaboration
  • Learning about practical actions and best practices
  • Capacity building
  • Practical policy integration and coherence


UNDP / Freya Morales


The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2020 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020, including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 14 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020.

The theme will be "Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development ".

For more information on preparation click here.

In accordance with paragraph 84 of the 2030 Agenda, Member States have decided that the HLPF shall carry out regular voluntary reviews of the 2030 Agenda which will include developed and developing countries as well as relevant UN entities and other stakeholders. The reviews are state-led, involving ministerial and other relevant high-level participants, and provide a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders.

In 2020, 50 countries (27 first time presenters, and 23 second time presenters) will present their national voluntary reviews to the HLPF. The VNR presentations are planned to begin on Monday, 13 July 2020 (the last of the first five days of HLPF) and proceed for the three days of the ministerial segment of HLPF (14 – 16 July 2020). For more details, please click here.

General Assembly resolution A/RES/70/299 decided to review the format and organizational aspects of the high-level political forum at its seventy-fourth session, in order to benefit from lessons learned in the first cycle of the forum as well as from other processes under the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council related to the follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For more information, please click here.

The SDGs Learning, Training & Practice sessions typically offer 9 different sessions and take place in July, every year, at United Nations Headquarters, New York. Each course lasts three hours with morning sessions happening from 10 am to 1 pm and afternoon sessions from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Here is the information for the year 2020:

Dates: 7-16 July 2020
Venue: UN Headquarters
Location: New York City, US

For the programme and more information please consult the HLPF website:

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