High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, at its opening session, focuses on its role in reviewing the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda
The HLPF began its 2015 annual session on Friday, 26 June, with an opening by Martin Sajdik, President of ECOSOC, followed by remarks by Rudolf Hundstorfer, Federal Minister for Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection of Austria and Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs. The opening remarks were followed by statements from representatives of Major Groups and other stakeholders.

In his opening remarks, Rudolf Hundstorfer emphasized that for the new development agenda to be successful, an effective follow-up and review mechanism was necessary. The Forum, established by a decision in the outcome document of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, would play a decisive role to that end, he said, proposing that great importance be given to developing suitable indicators, as well as providing reliable data and statistics. The social dimension, namely the eradication of poverty and promotion of decent work for all, was as important as economic and environmental policies in connection with sustainable development and would play a key role in the upcoming follow-up and review process.

Thomas Gass, delivering a statement on behalf of Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said that the post-2015 development agenda was the work of all Governments and also owned by important parts of civil society. Rio+20 had called for a reform that injected sustainable development into the General Assembly, strengthening the Economic and Social Council and creating a United Nations Environment Assembly. The establishment of the Forum was at the heart of that reform. Following those remarks, representatives from Major Groups and Other Stakeholders, including those on local authorities, older persons, and children and youth, stressed the importance of their needs incorporated into the mechanism of follow-up and review for sustainable development.

More information: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2015

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