HLPF 2018

HLPF 2018

HLPF 2018: Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies

This year’s high-level political forum on sustainable development will meet from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018. The ministerial meeting of the forum will be from Monday, 16 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018. The progress review towards the SDGS will focus in particular on goals related to sustainability and biodiversity.
You can download the full agenda here.

How does education relate to these goals

Education is the most sustainable, long-term driver of social, economic and environmental justice and for fostering transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies. The Sustainable Development Goals reviewed by the High Level Political Forum in 2018 rely on education for their realization and are at the same time determinant to the realization of Goal 4.

More particularly

Goal 6

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all double arrow Education and training increase skills and the capacity to use natural resources more sustainably and can promote hygiene.

Goal 7

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all double arrow Educational programmes, particularly non-formal and informal, can promote better energy conservation and uptake of renewable energy sources.

Goal 11

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable double arrow Education can give people the skills to participate in shaping and maintaining more sustainable cities, and to achieve resilience in disaster situations.

Goal 12

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns double arrow Education can make a critical difference to production patterns (e.g. with regard to the circular economy) and to consumer understanding of more sustainably produced goods and prevention of waste.

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 double arrow Education and training increase skills and capacity to underpin sustainable livelihoods and to conserve natural resources and biodiversity, particularly in threatened environments.

Goal 16

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels double arrow Social learning is vital to facilitate and ensure participative, inclusive and just societies, as well as social coherence.

The EASG side event

The Education and Academia Stakeholder Group is hosting a side event during the current session of the HLPF. The event will gather civil society activists, teachers, academics and government authorities and officials to discuss the trends, gaps and main features of education in the context of the Sustainable Development Agenda. From three different perspectives (civil society, governments and academia), the event is aiming to provide a comprehensive analysis of barriers and challenges of education for sustainable development. The event, Education for Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability, will be held at 1.15pm-2.30pm, 9 July 2018, Conference Room 3, UN Conference Building. All accredited HLPF participants are invited to attend. Please download the invitation here.

Other interesting side events

ASPBAE Side event “Learning Cities: Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies through education”, on 10th July 1:30-4:00 pm in the Church Centre for the UN. The event will focus on concrete approaches by local governments in building learning cities as key to social inclusion and building resilient and sustainable societies. More information here. SDG Learning workshop on Student Engagement towards realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, on 11th July, 11:45-1:00 pm, Conference Room 5, UN Building. More information here.
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