The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)

Logo of the High Level Political Forum

The High-Level Political Forum is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development, it has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at a global level.

To follow-up and review the SDGs’ implementation, the 2030 Agenda encourages member states to ‘conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels, which are country-led and country-driven’. The High-Level Political Forum is the global structure set up to assess progress, achievements and challenges faced by all countries as they implement the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

The Forum is organized every July at the United Nations in New York. It meets every year under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the UN General Assembly. 2019 will be next time the Heads of State and Government meet, with the expected presence of Presidents and Prime Ministers.

Each Forum has an annual thematic review under which a sub-set of goals are chosen for a more in-depth and integrated review. The sessions also include Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) on the follow-up and implementation of sustainable development commitments and objectives at national level. At the end of the HLPF, a Ministerial Declaration is adopted.

EDF Participation


In 2017, we attended the Forum for the first time, where we brought a European perspective. EDF Vice-President, Ana Peláez Narváez was invited by the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities to provide input into Goal 5 ('Achieve gender equality') and talked about women with disabilities.

We also collaborated at a side-event organized by the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities along with Disabled People’s Organization of Denmark (DPOD) and the African Disability Forum.

Find more about what happened during the HLPF 2017.