2018 High Level Political Forum: Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies

When :

from Monday 9 July, 2018
to Wednesday 18 July, 2018

Type of event :

Category 8-Symposium

Where :

United Nations Headquarters, UN Plaza, New York, United States of America

The 2018 High Level Political Forum is organized under the theme "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies". It will include a ministerial meeting in 16-18 July 2018, and review progress s on the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
• Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
• Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
• Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
• Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
• Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
• Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, which is reviewed each year.

UNESCO is helping Member States in their efforts to implement the SDGs, and contributing to monitoring gaps and progress made towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. An innovative project aiming to make the SDGs work for the Lake Chad region, mobilizing UNESCO’s expertise in natural sciences, culture, education and the social sciences will be the subject of a side event on 16 July.

UNESCO will contribute to the Forum through a number of side-events. Notably, the UN-Water Synthesis Report on SDG 6, coordinated by the World Water Assessment Programme, will be presented on 9 July, and the main results of the up-coming monitoring report on Target 6.5.2 on transboundary cooperation for water management will be presented by UNESCO and UNECE on 12 July.
UNESCO will organize or contribute to the following events during the High Level Political Forum:

Monday 09 July

• The role of Information and Communication Technologies in the implementation of the targets in SDG 11
9 July, 13:00-14:45, Venue: Argentinean mission (room DC1-25)
New digital technologies offer great potential for promoting and accelerating sustainable development and can potentially support all SDGs, integrating and accelerating the three pillars of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. Regarding the SDG 11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, ICTs and access to public information are critical components for local governments in facing the challenge of unprecedented urban growth in cities all over the world.

• Progress towards SDG 6 – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
9 July, 15:00-18:00, UNHQ
The SDG6 2018 Synthesis Report will be presented by WWAP Coordinator, Stefan Uhlenbrook. A panel discussion among a group of experts will follow, to discuss the the main entry points to eliminating inequalities in the access to water and sanitation services and the most viable innovative funding models that can best advance SDG 6 implementation.
More information: https://en.unesco.org/events/progress-towards-sdg-6-ensure-availability-...

• Water Education as the vehicle to achieve SDG 6
9 July, 18:30-20:00, room UNHQ CR-9
SDG target 6A references the need to expand capacity-building support for water- and sanitation-related activities. However, a clear status of water education in many countries is not available yet, nor the understanding whether there are sufficiently well-trained staff to study, assess, govern, plan, operate, manage, use, develop and maintain freshwater systems. This side event will examine the current situation and identify strategic investments for improvement and actions to work towards achieving SDG6 through education.
More information: https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/flyer_water_education_hlpf_sid...

• Global Progress on Water and Sanitation – SDG 6
9 July, 18:30-20:00, UNHQ CR7
UN-Water has recently published the SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation to provide input to the HLPF in its in-depth review of SDG 6. The report represents a joint position from the UN family on the global status on SDG 6 and other water-related targets. The presentation will give participants the opportunity to discuss the findings in the light of the HLPF theme for 2018 “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”, take stock, discuss the challenges faced and opportunities ahead, as well as the lessons learned by countries and other stakeholders for the successful implementation of SDG 6.
More information: https://en.unesco.org/events/global-progress-water-and-sanitation

Tuesday 10 July

• Ensuring Intergenerational Policy dialogues for the achievement of SDG 6
10 July, 13:15-14:30, room: UNHQ CR-A
The side event will allow youth and decision makers to explore best practices and challenges in implementing and monitoring the implementation of SDG 6 in order to facilitate greater youth involvement these activities.
More information: https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/youth_water_side_event_hlpf_20...

• Learning cities harness the power of education towards sustainable and resilient societies – SDGs 11 and 12
10 July, 13:30-16:00, room: Church Center
A look at the pivotal role of local governments and learning cities in ensuring the achievement of these two goals in the transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies. It will propose the creation of learning cities as key to social inclusion and building sustainable and resilient societies.

• Hydrology towards sustainable resilient societies
10 July, 18:30-20:00, room UNHQ CR-B
The discussion will be based on the implementation of climate services such as drought monitoring and early warning systems in member states, capacity building to improve resilience to extreme events, the communication of hydro-climate science, and how these aspects links to both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.
More information: https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/flyer_hydrology_sustainable_hl...

Wednesday 11 July

• Higher Education Sustainability Initiative Global Event
11 July, 15:20-16:45, room: UNHQ CR3
Event for higher education institutions that will showcase how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the SDGs, is being integrating into sustainability strategies, research, teaching, pedagogy, and campus practices, and to position higher education institutions as key drivers for achieving the SDGs.

• Water and faith communities towards achieving SDG 6
11 July, 14:00-16:00, venue: UN Church centre

• Heritage for Sustainability: Implementing SDG 11.4 through Local Voices and Global Agendas for Cultural & Natural Heritage
11 July, 18:30-21:30, Venue: Japan Society (333E 47th St)
The event will bring together both local and international stakeholders active in the protection of the world’s natural and cultural heritage, illustrating the vital connections between integrated heritage protection and sustainable development.
More information: www.localheritagevoices.eventbrite.com

Thursday 12 July

• Contribution of transboundary water cooperation to achieving the sustainable development goals – How far have we come, and what still needs to be done? – SDG Target 6.5.2
12 July, 13:15-14:30, room: UNHQ CR-7
Building on the outcomes of the first SDG indicator 6.5.2 reporting exercise, the side event will discuss the status of transboundary water cooperation, current gaps and challenges, and replicable success stories and the importance, among other aspects.
More information: https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/savethedate_hlpf_transboundary...

• Shaping Smarter and More Sustainable Cities: Striving for Sustainable Development Goals
12 July, 13:15-14:30, room: UNHQ CR-A
The goal of this side event is to provide a platform to debate the impact of frontier technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and Internet of Things (IoT) on cities, to present current national and international initiatives such as the United for Smart Sustainable Cities and to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced in shaping smart and sustainable cities at the local level. More information: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/Workshops-and-Seminars/20180712/Pages/defau...

Friday 13 July

• Advancing the 2030 Agenda in a Context of Uncertainty – The use of Strategic Foresight for Adaptive and Future-Ready SDG Strategies
13 July, 10:00-13:00, room: UNHQ CR-5
This 3-hour training session and online version will provide an exposure to the concepts of alternative futures and strategic foresight. It will challenge conventional thinking and provide thought-provoking ideas for follow-up action.
Monday 16 July

• World Youth Skills Day 2018: Youth Skills for Sustainability and Innovation
16 July, 15:00-18:00, room: UNHQ CR1
Celebrating the World Youth Skills Day 2018, this event will discuss how innovation and emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), are transforming labor markets, and what skills youth need to operate in future economies and to become drivers of a sustainable future.

• Multisectoral approach to Lake Chad Crises: BIOPALT Project - ECOSOC Side Event
16 July, 18:30-20:30, room: UNHQ CR11
The side event will show case the BIOPALT project as an example of an innovative project of multidisciplinary cooperation mobilizing the Organization’s expertise in the fields of Natural Sciences (Water and Ecological Sciences), Culture, Education and Social Sciences, which addresses several SDG’s, particularly SDGs 6, 11 and 15.
More information: https://en.unesco.org/events/multisectoral-approach-lake-chad-crises-bio...