HLPF 2016: 11/07 – Session 1 – Where Do We Stand at Year One?

UN MGCY Statement
High-Level Political Forum
11 July 2016

Session 1 : Where do we stand at year one?

Link to Statement:
2016 HLPF – UN MGCY Statement in Session 1

Thank you for giving us the floor.

On behalf of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, we welcome the opportunity to have a dialogue with you here. This is a crucial year for the HLPF as it is the first time to tackle challenges in order to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the 2030 Agenda, and Paris Agreement, as well, because it will show the potential of the HLPF for future frameworks, including the UN Conference on Trade And Development beginning next week and the New Urban Agenda expected in October at the Habitat III conference.

Enhancing coherence among these frameworks is crucial to harness the full potential of the HLPF, as well as to adopt an integrated, systems-wide understanding of the implementation, follow-up, and review.

Taking stock of year one, we would like to highlight some critical matters, both positive and negative. We hope that these will be perceived constructively, and be incorporated in the deliberations, outcomes and practise.

Our proactive inclusion in the HLPF Ministerial Declaration drafting process has been a positive development and we urge for this to continue in the future.

We also welcome steps to seek comments from major groups and other stakeholders on the draft elements of the program of the HLPF.

Alternatively, we want to express grave concern over the closed nature of consultation on the ‘scope, methodology and frequency’ of the Global Sustainable Development Report.

Just one example, the first three years of the HLPF have seen three GSDRs, and the next fourteen years will only have three more. As one of two mandated reports for the HLPF in GA Res 67/290, and the only one reflective of a science perspective, such a decision is a major dilution of the Science Policy Interface mandate.

Another negative development is that for the first time ever, we have defied precedent of having a representative of stakeholders in the opening session. We urge for more space for major groups and other stakeholders and to put forward speakers for specific sessions.

Finally, moving into the implementation phase, we urge all states to put in place national action plans that not only include the 2030 agenda, but also all frameworks that feed into the HLPF. These need to also incorporate a crosscutting approach, while create designated, institutionalized spaces for Major Groups and Other Stakeholders through the process of planning, implementation, monitoring and review, specifically at the national level.

As young people, we are not waiting for instructions to start implementing the agendas. We are already working on it, and seek your support.

Thank you.

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