2023 High-Level Political Forum: data-driven expectations

July 17, 2023

This year’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) takes place in a global context that is more complicated than it seems. Although some encouraging elements are revealed at first glance, these are combined with a political framework in which priorities are not focused on accelerating the path toward sustainable development.

The global “GPS” for moving towards sustainable development is the 2030 Agenda, where the balance between the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of development is key. Based on this agenda, principles of action were agreed upon, such as the Leave No One Behind principle, reaching the most vulnerable first, the universality of the goals, which must be achieved for all people and social groups, and their interdependence, recognizing that every step forward and every setback for one of the SDGs impacts the others.

Principales hallazgos

Based on the VNRs that will be presented, the possibility of a better understanding of how the wealthiest countries are considering the obligations deriving from the principle of universality embodied in the 2030 Agenda is opened up.

At the halfway point of the agreed timeframe for achieving the SDGs, now is the time to increase the focus on the quality of the implementation, tracking, and review processes of the work being done around the 2030 Agenda. Only with better governance, information, and reporting on governments’ efforts to achieve the SDGs can we accelerate progress.

Cepei’s work in Latin America and the Caribbean shows that, although in quantitative terms, the national reporting system established in the 2030 Agenda can be considered a success, VNR quality still has much room for improvement, and this must change.

Main Findings

Based on the VNRs that will be presented, the possibility of a better understanding of how the wealthiest countries are considering the obligations deriving from the principle of universality embodied in the 2030 Agenda is opened up.

At the halfway point of the agreed timeframe for achieving the SDGs, now is the time to increase the focus on the quality of the implementation, tracking, and review processes of the work being done around the 2030 Agenda. Only with better governance, information, and reporting on governments’ efforts to achieve the SDGs can we accelerate progress.

Cepei’s work in Latin America and the Caribbean shows that, although in quantitative terms, the national reporting system established in the 2030 Agenda can be considered a success, VNR quality still has much room for improvement, and this must change.

About the author

Javier Surasky

Ph.D. in International Relations (La Plata National University, Argentina) Master in International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action (International University of Andalucia). He has taught international cooperation courses at different postgraduate careers in Latin America and European universities.

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Javier Surasky

Ph.D. in International Relations (La Plata National University, Argentina) Master in International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action (International University of Andalucia). He has taught international cooperation courses at different postgraduate careers in Latin America and European universities.

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