An HLPF To Remember
The annual High Level Political Forum (HLPF) brings like-minded groups and individuals together to discuss and workshop strategies for implementing the ambitious United Nations Agenda 2030. I listened as representatives from some of the world's biggest and most influential NGOs campaigned for their causes; causes that ranged from global education and healthcare, women's rights, rights for the disabled, and inter-faith coalition building for peace.
The results were mixed. In many areas there was a shared sentiment of "it's getting better, but not quite there yet." All members agreed that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were interdependent and mutually beneficial—a world devoid of poverty, where people can receive healthcare and education, is better for us all, whether we live in the developed or undeveloped world.
The HLPF speakers also shared the sentiment that many issues should be viewed as moral issues, instead of simply regarded as economic or political ones. A common criticism of think-tanks and international institutions is that implementation frequently falls short of the goals and agendas they create. However, the HLPF brings together groups from all areas—civil society, governments, the private sector, etc.—in the hopes of forming relationships that would make implementation more attainable. The HLPF is a step in the right direction.