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11 ● 20.07.2016

In order to address the many challenges facing our world, new Sustainable Development Goals were approved by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.

Presentation of HLPF

Once a year, key figures gather at the United Nations to give an annual update of SDG progress at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) and share good practices for implementing SDGs. The HLPF takes place each July in New York to generate recommendations on how to implement the agenda and follow it up, to evaluate progress made to date, and address any current issues.

The HLPF will be held at regular intervals: 

  • Every year under the auspices of ECOSOC: a different theme will be chosen each year and the status of a certain number of SDGs will be reviewed.
  • Every four years at the United Nations General Assembly: Heads of State will provide an overview of all the SDGs.

Each country now has the task of applying the SDGs internally, tracking progress that is made every year, and reporting back to the HLPF. They will provide a series of international indicators that will then be rolled out at the regional and national levels. A UN agency is responsible for each indicator.

Edition 2016

France’s actions at HLPF

The French Ministry in charge of the the Environment  (MTES) coordinates the implementation of the SDGs in France in close cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEAE). An interdepartmental working group is set up and coordinated by the Commissioner-General for Sustainable Development (CGDD). It coveres all the involved ministries.  The Observation and Statistics Department of the MTES (SoeS) will oversee half of the data used for monitoring indicators at the national level, and INSEE will be responsible for coordinating this data.   

In HLPF 2016, France, along with 22 other countries, volunteered to present a report on the implementation of SDGs in France at the UN High-Level Political Forum that was held in New York City from July 11 to 20, 2016.

To prepare this initial report and provide additional support, the Ministry decided to:

  • Call on fifteen scientists and specialists who provided their expert advice on the priority of the various actions to be implemented.
  • Consult with stakeholders: NGOs, businesses, unions, and associations specialized in humanitarian, biodiversity, and education issues met on June 6 and 7 during the consultation workshops to add their ideas and suggestions to the report, thus helping to ensure the practical implementation of the report’s recommendations in France. The FWP participated in these workshops. Click here for an overview of these workshops.
  • Involve citizens: an online consultation allowed French citizens to share their opinions on the actions that France should carry out. The consultation ended on July 6.
  • Mobilize territories: consultation workshops will be held this autumn in each French region.  

See the overview of France’s 2030 Agenda that was distributed at the civil society workshops on June 6 and 7.



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