High-Level Political Forum 2018

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The high-level political forum (HLPF) on sustainable development will be held at the United Nations Headquarters New York, from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

The theme is ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’.

Photo: L-R SI President, Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, SI Director of Advocacy, Bev Bucur, SI UN Reps, New York – Betty Levy, Frances Zainoeddin, Vanesa Treers

SI International Director of Advocacy Beverly Bucur says: “The HLPF is key in the monitoring and review of progress on the Sustainable Development Agenda. Women and girls are greatly affected by inequality, yet the 2018 Voluntary National Reviews do not recognize them as key actors of sustainable development, with knowledge and solutions to the challenges of water, sanitation, energy and consumption. It is important for Soroptimist International to work with other NGOs to hold governments accountable to integrating SDG 5, Gender Equality, throughout all the SDGs. It is only when women and men have an equal voice that we will achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”.

The first week will include numerous panel and round tables on the theme and on the SDGs under review. One Side event asks the question: Are women meaningfully involved in implementing SDG 6+ in the national plans?

Save the Date

SI and WfWP President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen will be speaking at an event at the HLPF 2018

Soroptimist International (SI) and Women for Water Partnership (WfWP) President, Mariet Verhoef-Cohen will be closing the session on 12 July, 13:15 – 14:30pm at the UN Headquarters Conference Room 8. The event is organised by the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN, Women for Water Partnership and contributors: Soroptimist International, International Federation of Business and Professional Women, NGO coordination Commission on the Status of Women.

Agenda 2030 and the SDGs give unique guidance both on women’s empowerment (SDG5) and the importance of water (SDG6) and the connection between the two. The panel will analse the voluntary national reports (2016-2018) on the combination of the two: Did countries address the joined implementation of SDG5 and 6? Are actions lagging behind their rhetoric? The session aims to attract attention to the combined agenda and deliberate on the ways forward.

During the HLPF, 47 countries will carry out Voluntary National Reviews during ministerial meetings.

The HLPF  will review progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) paying particular attention to:

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, that will be considered each year:




Find out more at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018

Programme at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018#programme

Voluntary National Reviews at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/vnrs/

View the Concept Note for Are women meaningfully involved in implementing SDG 6+ in the national plans? HERE

View the Invitation for Are women meaningfully involved in implementing SDG 6+ in the national plans? HERE



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