Date(s) - 16/07/2018
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development -2018


Monday, July 16
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
UNFPA (605 Third Avenue, 5th Floor, Orange Café, New York)

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The meeting of the high-level political forum (HLPF) on sustainable development in 2018 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council will be held from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018; including a three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 16 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

The theme will be “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”. The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following, including Goal 17 – “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development”, which will be considered each year:

  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

UNFPA will co-host a panel for a side event at this year’s High-Level Political Forum on Faith-Based Partnerships on Goal 11, with a view to convening a group of faith-based partner organizations who are working on the intersections between religious work, strengthening resilience, and women and girls’ health in the context of this particular goal around cities and human settlements.

In discussions around developmental interventions, one of the challenges is siloed interventions, with ensuing difficulties around programming and resourcing. And yet faith-based organizations (FBOs) are noteworthy, among many other features, in terms of their ability to effectively implement multiple and various areas of intervention, and thus, deliver for a relatively more integrated intersection of development goals and issues.

In the context of reviewing the above SDG areas which the HLPF offers, there is a window of opportunity to highlight the intersectionality and nexus between health, migration, urbanization, and peace-making, all with a view towards building resilience around SDGs 3 “Good Health and Well-Being” and 5 “Gender Equality” (particularly for girls’ and women’s).


• To assess how these diverse features intersect with girls and women’s health, as potentially central and pivotal to the realization of SDG 11 – and other SDGs.

• To showcase the “how” of the respective work of several FBOs (inspired by and adhering to different religious traditions), work on environment, migration, disaster management, children’s welfare, peace making, endorses girls’ and women’s health as a means of strengthening resilience in human settlements, in developmental well as humanitarian contexts.