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SEI at HLPF 2024

Summer comes, and this only means that it is time for countries to review the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) progress at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

SEI joins this conversation to continue advocating for the role of science in SDG implementation and reflecting on the future of this crucial agenda.

8 to 18 July 2024
New York City, United States and Online

United Nations Headquarters

The High-level Political Forum serves as the United Nations’ primary venue for monitoring and assessing the progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development along with the Sustainable Development Goals. This year, UN Member States, specialized agencies, academia, NGOs, and other relevant stakeholders will convene from 8 to 18 July in New York to review their national actions.

Under the theme “Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions”, this year’s HLPF comes right after the 2023 SDG Summit and before the Summit of the Future in September 2024, where crucial decisions around global development are expected.

It is #TimeToLead with science. By utilizing #ScienceForSDGs, we can accelerate progress on the Global Goals.

Here is what you should follow from this forum:

What to follow at the HLPF?

  • Implementation of the SDG Summit Political Declaration. What strategies are available for the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders (MGoS) to implement this declaration? How could it be funded?
  • Progress review of a dedicated set of SDGs. This year the member states review SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).
  • Science’s pivotal role in SDG implementation. What are the success stories? How can we replicate them?
  • Summit of the Future. What are the connections with the SDG Summit? How does the political declaration connect with this broader discussion about financing development?

It is #TimeToLead with science. By utilizing #ScienceForSDGs, we can accelerate progress on the Global Goals.

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SEI experts will contribute to this discussion by providing evidence-based insights on SDG acceleration, reflecting on the future of the agenda, promoting the systems approach to its implementation, and much more:

Science Day

In its second version, Science Day offers an informal space for a variety of stakeholders (policymakers, UN agencies, academia, and NGOs) to discuss and show evidence of how science can help us close the SDG implementation gap. #ScienceForSDGs

Date: July 9, 10:00 – 13:00 EDT

Where: Conference Room 3, United Nations HQ, New York

Organizers: SEI, UNDP, UN SDSN, ISC and UN DESA

Featuring

Ivonne Lobos Alva

Team Leader: Sustainable Transitions; Senior Expert

SEI Latin America

Miquel Muñoz Cabré

Senior Scientist

SEI US

William Babis

Associate Scientist

SEI US

Financing a sustainable energy future: International collaboration for de-risking investment and mobilising finance

With a reported decrease in financing for renewable energy to developing countries and as a consequence of SDG 7 targets, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) leads a discussion that brings together representatives from countries, international organizations, and multilateral development banks to explore opportunities for changing the course and scale up investment on sustainable energy worldwide.

Date: 9 July, 13:14 – 14:30 EDT

Where: UN Headquarters, Conference Room D, Basement Level, New York.

Organizers: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Sustainable Renewables Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI) partners, and UN-Energy.

Featuring

Miquel Muñoz Cabré

Senior Scientist

SEI US

SDG 13 and interlinkages with other SDGs – Climate action

As part of this year’s SDG 13 progress review, Member States and key stakeholders discuss how implementation could be boosted by synergies of SDG 13 with other global goals of Agenda 2030. SDG 13 could act as an enabler to achieve the interconnected crises of nature, biodiversity, pollution, but also poverty, inequality, and sustainable development.

Date: 10 July, 2024 10:00 – 13:00 EDT

Where: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 4, New York.

Organizers: United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Featuring

Miquel Muñoz Cabré

Senior Scientist

SEI US

Exploring synergies and trade-offs for transformations to the SDGs and beyond

Following recommendations of the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report, this event will highlight cutting-edge ongoing research on synergies and trade-offs in SDG implementation in Japan, Finland and Sweden. Discover how localized actions are driving transformations for SDG acceleration and impactful Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs).

Date: 10 July,  13:00 – 14:45 EDT

Where: Conference Room, International Peace Institute (777 United Nations Plaza, New York)

Organizers: Keio University, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Government of Finland, Stockholm Environment Institute, Global Forum, International Peace Institute, Ministry of the Environment of Japan.

Featuring

Ivonne Lobos Alva

Team Leader: Sustainable Transitions; Senior Expert

SEI Latin America

Sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions on water and energy: Reducing poverty, promoting sustainable agriculture and combating climate change

Experts gather to exchange experiences on integrated water and energy solutions supporting poverty reduction, sustainable agriculture, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. How can we link SDG 6 (Water) and 7 (Energy) to this year’s progress review of SDG 1 (No Poverty), 2 (Zero Hunger), and 13 (Climate Action)?

Date: July 11, 13:15 – 14:45 EDT

Where: Lebanese American University campus, 211 East 46th St. New York Room 401

Organizers: Division for Sustainable Development Goals of UN DESA, Global Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network.

Featuring

Miquel Muñoz Cabré

Senior Scientist

SEI US

Bridging the ambition gap for the future we want through climate and SDGs synergy

Building on the success of the 2023 Global Report on Climate and SDG Synergy, the Expert Group on Climate and SDG Synergy launched four thematic reports at Bonn. A final synthesis report will be launched at HLPF 2024.

SEI Executive Director, Måns Nilsson engaged as thematic co-lead author for one of the reports: Seeking synergy solutions: policies that support both climate and SDG action, alongside SEI Senior Research Fellow, Adis Dzebo as a thematic co-author.

Date: 16 July, 10:30 – 13:00 EDT

Where: Conference Room 5, United Nations HQ, New York

Organizers: UN DESA and UNFCCC

Featuring

Måns Nilsson
Måns Nilsson

Executive Director

SEI Headquarters

Adis Dzebo
Adis Dzebo

Senior Research Fellow

SEI Headquarters

Discover the latest insights and projects from SEI experts and strategic partners:

Extending the Sustainable Development Goals to 2050 — a road map

Countdown to 2030 has started. What should happen with the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs? In this comment in Nature, the authors call on UN member states, in the run-up to the UN Summit of the Future in September, to adapt and extend the SDG framework to 2050. Some goals can and should be met by 2030. Others will need more time and ambition. Setting interim targets for 2030 and 2040 and final targets for 2050 that align with science and maintain high, yet achievable, national and global ambitions could be a potential roadmap.

Featuring

Åsa Persson
Åsa Persson

Research Director and Deputy Director

SEI Headquarters

Profile picture of Harro van Asselt
Harro van Asselt

SEI Affiliated Researcher

SEI US

Time to Lead Campaign

Much work remains to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Progress reports and the state of our world make it clear: we must correct our course.

Correcting the course to boost implementation must be done strategically and using the best science available. SEI and partners synthesize what scientists recommend for accelerating progress on the SDGs.

Featuring

Nina Weitz
Nina Weitz

Team Leader: Global Goals and Systems; Senior Research Fellow

SEI Headquarters

Henrik Carlsen
Henrik Carlsen

Senior Research Fellow

SEI Headquarters

Therese Bennich
Therese Bennich

Research Fellow

SEI Headquarters

Maria Cole
Maria Cole

Senior Communications and Impact Officer

Communications

SEI Headquarters

Projects and tools

Delve into our comprehensive tools for SDG implementation and discover some of the most recent projects on Agenda 2030.


SEI experts at HLPF

Ivonne Lobos Alva

Team Leader: Sustainable Transitions; Senior Expert

SEI Latin America

Miquel Muñoz Cabré

Senior Scientist

SEI US

William Babis

Associate Scientist

SEI US

Communications and press contacts

Camilo Martelo

Acting Communications Officer

Communications

SEI Latin America

Alejandra Aristizábal

Communications Assistant

Communications

SEI Latin America

Lynsi Burton

Communications Officer

Communications

SEI US

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