About the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is the United Nations’ central platform for annual follow-up and review of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It convenes in New York over the course of two weeks in July.

Under the theme of “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” this year’s HLPF will focus on SDG 4: Quality Education, SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities, SDG 13: Climate Action, SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals. In 2019, 47 countries have volunteered to present their national voluntary reviews to the HLPF.

WBCSD Events at the HLPF

15 July 2019
Business and the SDGs: Local Impacts on a Global Agenda - FULLY BOOKED

Date: Monday 15 July 2019
Time: 04:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Venue: Baker McKenzie, 452 5th Ave, New York City

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outline a collective pathway for humanity with broad public ownership. However, we will only achieve the global ambitions of this historic agenda, if we are able to provide solutions to challenges at the country and city level.

Organized in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and generously hosted by our member Baker McKenzie, this event will evaluate progress and pervading challenges related to the implementation of the SDGs in a range of global geographies. It will highlight the results of SDSN’s SDG Index, and will explore how business can leverage this insight to achieve SDG engagement which is both driven by a global strategy but also tailored to deliver meaningful impact at the local level.

16 July 2019
Integrating the SDGs into Business Strategy: Tools & Practical Guidance - FULLY BOOKED

Date: Tuesday 16 July 2019
Time: 08:30 am – 10:30 am
Venue: S&P Global, 55 Water Street, New York City

The SDGs provide companies with a new framework to translate global needs and ambitions into business solutions. Businesses that lead this transformation and position the SDGs as a strategic lens at the core of their operations will ultimately be better placed to unlock market opportunities, manage emerging risks, and consolidate an enduring license to operate on the road to 2030. However, effectively integrating the SDGs into corporate strategy, setting relevant targets and reporting on progress are complex tasks.

This roundtable discussion will showcase emerging tools and resources to support companies in integrating the SDGs into their strategic considerations. It will also provide a forum for exchanging and exploring best practice in this maturing space.

The power of data – Can we share data already disclosed? - FULLY BOOKED

Date: Tuesday 16 July 2019
Time: 01:00 pm – 03:00 pm
Venue: Denmark House 666 3rd Avenue, 11th floor 10017 New York, USA

Against the backdrop theme of the HLPF 2019 ‘Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’, this corporate roundtable will provide an opportunity for NYSE listed companies to discuss experiences and learnings with SDG reporting with the aim of exploring opportunities for sharing already disclosed data, showcasing private sector engagement and impact on the SDGs.

This roundtable is co-hosted by Novo Nordisk, WBCSD and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

SIMS Municipal Recycling Facility Visit & Networking Event - FULLY BOOKED

Date: Tuesday 16 July 2019
Time: 01:45 pm – 06:30 pm
Venue: SIMS Municipal Recycling, Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, Brooklyn, New York City

SIMS Municipal Recycling Facility in Sunset Park Brooklyn is the largest sorting system of its kind in the United States. After opening this state-of-the-art materials recovery facility (MRF) in 2013, SIMS Municipal Recycling has quickly become the cornerstone of the New York City curbside recycling program, receiving and sorting 100% of the metal, glass and plastic collected by the New York City Sanitation Department.

Visit the facility and discover the expansive system of equipment which sorts hundreds of tons of metal, glass, and plastic each day. Additionally, visitors will learn about the sustainability aspects of the facility’s design, including one of Brooklyn’s largest solar arrays, the city’s only commercial scale wind turbine, and beautiful waterfront greenspace.

Generously hosted by our member SIMS Metal Management, the visit will be followed by a networking reception. To learn more about the facility you can watch this video.

Transfers to and from the facility will be organized and more information will be available shortly.

17 July 2019
Lead, Transform, Succeed: Chief Sustainability Officers for SDGs - FULLY BOOKED

Date: Wednesday 17 July 2019
Time: 09:00 am – 01:00 pm
Venue: ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York City

2019 represents a landmark year for taking stock of SDG progress. As the United Nations prepares to deliver its Global Sustainable Development Report that will provide in-depth analysis of SDG progress over the course of the past four years, it is also important for the private sector to explore how it can continue to step up and scale its efforts to ensure long term prosperity for people and planet on the road to 2030.

Building on the success of previous years, WBCSD and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), will once again jointly convene this event to bring together Chief Sustainability Officers and sustainable business leaders to explore practical solutions around how we can bring about the transformation of some of the world’s key economic systems to realize the ambitions of the SDG agenda. The event will provide the opportunity to engage in deep-dive discussions around some of the challenges in integrating the SDGs into business strategy and underline ground-breaking examples of collaboration for achieving impact at scale.

If you are a sustainability champion looking to get your burning questions answered, benefit from networking with like-minded peers, and unlock new opportunities, then join us at this year’s main business event at the High-level Political Forum.

You can consult the preliminary agenda here.

Business Reporting on the SDGs - FULLY BOOKED

Date: Wednesday 17 July 2019
Time: 03:00 pm – 05:00 pm
Venue: 120 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017

The SDGs lay out a comprehensive global framework that outlines a collective pathway for humanity on the road to 2030. This transformative agenda requires action from a broad range of stakeholders. Business, in particular, has a pivotal role to play. Many leading companies have embraced the SDGs and are already taking steps to integrate this agenda into their strategic considerations and reporting. Questions remain however over how business can most effectively measure and disclose comparable and meaningful information regarding its SDG impacts. A variety of tools are starting to emerge and scrutiny of business performance against this agenda by both governments, NGOs and the investor community is mounting.

This session will provide an opportunity to explore the current landscape of SDG-related corporate disclosure and the evolving expectations of a variety of stakeholders. It will consider how business can work to enhance its disclosure in this space and what tools and support are needed to facilitate this.

September 2019 marks an important juncture for evaluating SDG progress, with a second High-level Political Forum, the SDG Summit, convening under the 74th Session of the General Assembly on 24-25 September 2019. The first UN Summit dedicated to the SDGs, the event will bring together Heads of State and Government to follow up and comprehensively review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The SDG Summit will be one of the three key United Nations events along with the Climate Summit (23 September) and the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (26 September) during the United Nations General Assembly. It will provide an opportunity to reinvigorate international commitment to the SDGs and offer space for various actors, including business, to highlight their contribution to SDG implementation.

High-level special events will be organized on the margins of the Summit including the SDG Business Forum (25 September) preceded by the WBCSD CEO Networking Dinner (24 September) the night before.

For more information, please contact:

Irge Aujouannet
Director, Global Events



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