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“The 2030 Agenda is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring human rights – and hope
– to millions of people who today are left behind.“

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,
addressing the 2019 High-level Political Forum

The High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) is the central global platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

As reaffirmed by the UN Secretary-General in his 2020 Call to Action for Human Rights (PDF), human rights permeate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the vast majority of its goals and targets correspond to legally binding human rights commitments (PDF) made by every Member State. Therefore, discussions at the HLPF and its preparatory processes need to be likewise anchored within a rights-based discourse.

The HLPF meets annually under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council and every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the General Assembly. Preparations for the annual HLPF encompass:

2021 HLPF is convened under the theme “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”.

In 2021, 44 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the HLPF. OHCHR has prepared a tool for these countries, outlining how existing human rights data and analysis can help reporting on SDGs, identify groups at risk of being left behind and ways of effectively addressing their situation. This tool also highlights relevant guidance on participation, data, and national mechanisms, which can be useful in preparing the VNR reports and assessing progress made in SDG implementation.