High-Level Political Forum Adopts Ministerial Declaration
July 15, 2014  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured  //  No Comment

The second meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), concluded on July 9th in New York with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration. The theme of the meeting was “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” During the first week, a series of moderated dialogues touched on the SDGs, the post-2015 development agenda, sustainable consumption, and other topics. The GEG Project director, Maria Ivanova, participated on a panel called “From silos to integrated policy making”.

A Ministerial Segment met in the second week, covering topics from implementing the Rio+20 outcome document to sustainable development policies. The Ministerial Declaration reflects the wide array of issues discussed during the meeting, giving greater focus to the post-2015 development agenda. The Declaration also makes reference to the science-policy interface, stating that the Ministers “Resolve to strengthen the science-policy interface, including, inter alia, through a global sustainable development report that, taking account of the discussions on the options presented in the Secretary General’s report during the meeting of the HLPF under the auspices of ECOSOC in 2014, and building on existing assessments could provide a strong evidence-based instrument to support policy makers to promote poverty eradication and sustainable development, contributing to the strengthening of ongoing capacity-building for data collection and analysis in developing countries.”

For a summary of the meeting, click here.

About the Author :

Gabriela Bueno is a PhD student in Global Governance and Human Security at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a research associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

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