General Assembly Establishes High-Level Political Forum to Replace CSD
On 9 July, the General Assembly adopted a resolution by consensus on the first outlining the format and organizational aspects of a High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to replace the Commission on Sustainable Development, as mandated by the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) last year.

The Assembly recommended that the Economic and Social Council abolish the Commission upon the conclusion of its twentieth session whose timing, agenda and duration was postponed from May, pending progress on the format and organizational modalities of the Forum. The Assembly decided that the meetings of the Forum would be held, under its auspices, every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government for two days at the beginning of the Assembly session, resulting in a “concise negotiated political declaration” to be submitted to the Assembly for its consideration. The Forum would convene annually for eight days, under the Economic and Social Council’s auspices, with a thematic focus reflecting the integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development, in line with the thematic focus of the activities of the Council and consistent with the post-2015 development agenda.

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View the webcast of the GA debate here (from minute 50:00):

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