UN General Assembly Creates High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development
On July 9, 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution on the high-level political forum on sustainable development.
The high-level political forum resolution followed up on a recommendation in the outcome document of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The forum, which will meet for the first time in September 2013, will succeed the Commission on Sustainable Development and will conduct voluntary, state-led reviews of the implementation of sustainable development agreements; provide leadership and guidance for sustainable development; and integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development–social, economic and ecological. The high-level forum, which will occur under the auspices of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will meet at the ministerial level every year, and will convene heads of state every four years.
Further, the resolution commits to focus especially on the least developed countries, small island developing countries, landlocked developing countries, and countries in Africa. The political forum resolution invites other UN organizations to participate in the forum and takes steps to strengthen the scientific basis of decision-making within the High-Level Forum and throughout the UN system.
The high-level forum resolution creates a renewed, highly visible body dedicated to managing the implementation of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. A press release from the UN General Assembly is available here. Coverage of the high-level political forum resolution is available here on United Nations News. A PDF of the resolution is available through the link in the first paragraph of this post.