The UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) is responsible for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda at the global level. The HLPF meets annually and features inputs from national governments, intergovernmental bodies, relevant UN agencies, civil society and other stakeholders.
Countries are encouraged to review implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) regularly and present Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) at the HLPF.
Ireland presented its first VNR at the HLPF in July 2018. Ireland strongly supports efforts of stakeholder involvement in the 2030 Agenda process at both a national and global level to ensure civil society voices continue to be heard in the implementation of the 17 SDGs.
The 2019 HLPF theme will be "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality". The set of goals to be reviewed in depth is the following:
Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
2019 High Level Political Forum
Minister of State, Sean Canney T.D., represented the Government of Ireland at the 2019 High Level Political Forum as head of delegation and delivered Ireland's National Statement on progress of the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. In addition Minister Canney participated in a number of side events throughout the high level week. The Minister partook in a debate on the VNR process and gave a reflection on Ireland's experience in presenting our first VNR in 2018. The Minister was a panellist on a side event in the UN Complex based around SDG13 and youth participation which was co-sponsored by Ireland and the Marshall Islands. The Minister also gave the Keynote address at a side event in Ireland's Permanent Mission to the UN which was entitled SDG17 – The Forgotten SDG and which was co-sponsored by Kenya, Uganda and the OECD.