The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development in 2017, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, is held on 10 – 19 July, 2017. The theme of the meeting is “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”. In 2017, 44 countries have volunteered to present their national voluntary reviews to the HLPF, including Cyprus and Italy.
The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following, including Goal 17:
- Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
- Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
- Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
- Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
- Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
In accordance with paragraph 84. of the 2030 Agenda, Member States have decided that the HLPF shall carry out regular voluntary reviews of the 2030 Agenda which will include developed and developing countries as well as relevant UN entities and other stakeholders. The reviews will be state-led, involving ministerial and other relevant high-level participants, and provide a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders.
The Organic center, a leading organization in organic research has attended for the first time the United Nation’s Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Development. Dr. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs, highlighted the ways that organic can provide innovative sustainability solutions for all of agriculture and actively support the second sustainable development goal as set by the United Nations in their agenda. Following the below statement, experts shared their experiences, lessons learned and challenges ahead in advancing sustainable agricultural and development in a one-day forum. In a discussion act as a “think tank” Dr. Shade justified the positive impact of organic not only to the viability and sustainability of the agriculture system but she also highlighted that organic products translate sustainable practices into economic gains for farmers.