How is the High-Level Political Forum Monitoring Progress of the Sustainable Development Goals?
The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2016 is the first since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The session includes the voluntary reviews of 22 countries and thematic reviews of progress on the SDGs. The expectation is that each country being reviewed may present a focused report. The guidelines suggest broad themes that reviews could consider. Main themes include: national priorities for sustainable development and their relations to the SDGs; critical challenges; methodology and process used for the preparation of the review; creating ownership of the SDGs; incorporation of the SDGs in national frameworks; integration of the three dimensions; progress on goals and targets; thematic analysis; institutional mechanisms; means of implementation; and next steps.
The HLPF will support participation in follow-up and review processes by the Major Groups and other relevant stakeholders in line with resolution 67/290. Regarding specific modalities for engagement in national reporting, they are likely to vary from country to country and are to be decided on by the national governments making voluntary presentations.