This year marks the halfway point of the agreed deadline for achieving the SDGs

Jul 12, 2023

About the Event

This year’s United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) has as its central theme “accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels.” The event takes place from July 10-19, and four Latin American and Caribbean countries – Chile, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Guyana – will present their Voluntary National Reports on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda.

Cepei, the SDG Lab at UN, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) organized a webinar where they addressed the main themes and activities to be developed in the HLPF 2023, as well as the perspectives on what will be the SDG Summit and the Summit of the Future in 2024. The conversation focused on the continued recovery from COVID-19 and how countries will present concrete actions to accelerate the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda, the SDGs under thematic review, and the need to present quality Voluntary National Reports.

The analysis conducted by Cepei and through its SDG VNR Quality Tracker tool showed that the average VNR submitted by the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean is of a medium level (54 out of 100), as well as their governance (49.8). This means that, although there are positive points regarding the quality of the reports, the information published needs to be improved, and gaps remain to be closed.


Lucía oscuro

Friedrich Soltau

Senior Sustainable Development Officer

Norichika Kanie

Professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance
Keio University

Oezge Aydogan

SDG Lab at UN Geneva


Philipp Schönrock

Executive director

Main Findings

1.  The HLPF 2023 meeting will be followed by the SDG Summit in September, where Heads of State and Government must take the necessary decisions to accelerate progress towards the SDGs at the highest level.

2.  In September 2024, the Summit of the Future will bring together world leaders to discuss the proposals made by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his report “Our Common Agenda” to strengthen multilateralism and have a more effective and better-equipped United Nations.

3.  There are three central elements for the 2023 HLPF to drive the acceleration of the 2030 Agenda as a pathway to overcome the current multiple global crises: a) strengthening multilateralism and the institutions that drive the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at all levels; b) improving the quality of SDG progress reporting processes; and c) a political will to move towards sustainable development in an accelerated manner.


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