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The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is United Nations central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015.

The Forum, which adopts a Ministerial Declaration, is expected to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda’s implementation and follow-up; keep track of progress of the SDGs; spur coherent policies informed by evidence, science and country experiences; as well as address new and emerging issues.

On the occasion of the first High Level Political Forum (HLPF) since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the inaugural SDG Business Forum coincided with the high-level ministerial segment. The 2030 Agenda recognized the critical role of business in delivering on the promise of sustainable and inclusive development. Co-hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), and the UN Global Compact in collaboration with the Global Business Alliance (GBA) for 2030, the SDG Business Forum convened leaders from business and government, together with heads of UN agencies, key international organizations, and civil society groups to delve into the role business will play in delivering the 2030 Agenda.  

The business case for sustainable development is based on the understanding that business and societal values are inextricably linked. Business efforts to improve lives and strengthen local communities can have long term bottom line benefits.  The private sector was invited to share its support for the Agenda. The Business for 2030 session during the SDG Business forum had 17 rapid fire presentations, which highlighted business engagement in the SDGs. Each speaker provided examples on how their business or organization is contributing to one of the SDGs. 

There were 400 participants were actively engaged, including respondent Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Social Development, Vanessa Rubio Márquez (pictured). 

Review the Rapid Fire Session Case Studies from HLPF:

pdf SDGs - HLPF Business 2030 - Rapid Fire Session Case Studies (157 KB)

Review the HLPF Side Event Report:

pdf SDGs - HLPF - Side Event Report (272 KB)


Links of Interest

The Global Business Alliance ​for 2030 | http://www.gbafor2030.org/ 

SDG Business Forum website | http://www.sdgbusinessforum.com/  

USCIB’s Business for 2030 website | http://bit.ly/1NknTeD  

UN’s High Level Political Forum website | http://bit.ly/1BSEj9K  

The Development Cooperation Forum report on measuring “Private Development Cooperation” is now available online. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UK AID and many partners have released this report here.

In this guest blog post, Courtney Paisley, Director of Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) shares the stories of success from young Kenyan agriculture enthusiasts who have taken part in a pilot mentoring program.

This article originally appeared in the July edition of WFO’s F@rmletter.

Switch your eyes and ears off, for a moment, to the on-going discourse about agriculture as an “ageing sector” that doesn’t attract the youth anymore. Instead, step into YPARD: a vibrant international network of young professionals for agricultural development, which counts thousands of members all around the world.

We are living in an era in which rapid urbanization has led to a decline in rural populations, and for the first time ever the majority of the world’s population lives in a city. The UN World Health Organization predicts that “by 2030, 6 out of every 10 people will live in a city, and by 2050, this proportion will increase to 7 out of 10 people”. This means that more young people than ever before are moving to cities and towns to find work, leaving few behind to work in rural areas.

Visit the Bizfor2030's blog for their most recent post recapping the sessions of the 2nd SDG Business Forum held on July 19, 2016 during the High Level Political Forum. Business for 2030 helped curate one of the day’s sessions, which featured a 17 person ‘rapid fire’ review of how 17 different representatives of the private sector were addressing each SDG. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the UN Global Compact were the lead organisers of the SDG Business Forum, which had over 400 participants in attendance throughout the day.