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The meeting of the United Nations’ High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development will be held from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020 – virtually. The HLPF annual meeting is the core UN platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This HLPF will debate where member states stand on the SDGs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and reflect on how the international community can respond in a way that accelerates sustainable development. It will also feature voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of SDG progress by 47 countries.

With partnerships as an essential mechanism to deliver the SDGs, TPI works extensively with the UN system to support collaboration, including through the Partnership Accelerator programme with UNDESA, UN Office of Partnerships, UN Global Compact, and UN DCO. As part of the HLPF, please join UNDESA and TPI at three events on partnering: two on Tuesday 7th July, and a VNR lab on Tuesday 14th July, 2020.

1. Partnerships against COVID-19: Building back better together to advance the 2030 Agenda

7 July 1pm-2pm UK time

This side event will explore how partnerships can assist countries to address the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath and promote synergies between key sectors, including the scientific and technological community and the private sector. It builds on the work of the 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator to ensure that it can be impactful in the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderated by our Executive Director, Darian Stibbe.


  • Mr. Ola Goransson, Sustainable Development Officer, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UN DESA (Introduction to the 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator)
  • Ms. Christine N. Umutoni, Resident Coordinator, Mauritius and Seychelles
  • Mr. Scott Ratzan, Business Partners for Sustainable Development
  • Mr. Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Professor and Department Chair of Development Sociology, Cornell University, member of the Independent Group of Scientists for the Global Sustainable Development Report

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2. Developing transformational partnerships to catalyze SDG implementation

7th July 2020, 7pm-8.30pm UK time

This SDGs Learning, Training and Practice side event will provide an introduction to how multi-stakeholder partnerships can facilitate system transformation by examining how the SDGs exist within complex systems. The training will focus on the Global Sustainable Development Report (2019) levers of Governance and Individual and Collective Action to achieve human well-being and capabilities, as entry points to transformation.

Moderated by our Executive Director, Darian Stibbe.


  • Dr. David Smith, Co-Author and Member of the Independent Group of Scientists for the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report, Coordinator of the Institute for Sustainable Development at the University of the West Indies (UWI)
  • Ms. Bianca Kopp, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) / Education for Justice (E4J) initiative
  • Ms. Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)
  • Ms. Bryonie Guthrie, World Economic Forum

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3. Beyond VNRs: Mobilizing support and building national partnerships

14th July 2020, 1pm-2pm UK time

The VNR Labs provide an informal platform to share best practices and reflect on cross-cutting themes and country experiences. The VNR Lab on “Beyond the VNRs: mobilizing support and building national partnerships” will explore and showcase practices on how countries can systematically catalyze national multi-stakeholder partnerships for the SDGs. The Lab will also explore how countries can help create an enabling environment that may encourage and foster collaboration across stakeholders.

Presentation: 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator – An enabling ecosystem for systematically building national partnerships by our Executive Director, Darian Stibbe.


  • Ms. Francella Strickland, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Government of Samoa
  • Mr. Alen John, SDG Officer, NITI Aayog, Government of India
  • Ms. Riina Pursiainen, Partnership Adviser, Prime Minister’s Office, Government of Finland

Pre-registration is required – deadline 6 July 2020.

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Julia Gilbert Senior Programme Manager and Knowledge Lead

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