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Press release from Ministry of the Environment

Minister for the Environment to attend UN forum on 2030 Agenda in New York


On 16–17 July, Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog and a Swedish delegation will take part in the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York. This year’s theme is ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’.

Ms Skog will attend the HLPF along with a broad delegation of representatives from business, research, the public sector and civil society. Alongside the forum's formal programme, Ms Skog will also take part in a number of side events, including the Stockholm International Water Institute seminar on the Source to Sea platform, and the Partnership for Action on a Green Economy event on future generations, the circular economy and sustainable lifestyles. She will also have bilateral meetings with UN representatives and colleagues from various parts of the world.

"I am proud of Sweden's work on the 2030 Agenda. We often top the country rankings in terms of successful implementation of environmental measures. But we still have some way to go. I am looking forward to this year's forum, which has a clear focus on environmental issues and sustainable cities," says Ms Skog.

Sweden to launch high-level alliance for a global agreement on chemicals and waste

During the HLPF, Ms Skog will launch an international high-level alliance on chemicals and waste. The alliance is intended to highlight and mobilise public interest on chemicals and waste, with a view to achieving a global agreement.

"Trade in goods is becoming increasingly global, and this necessitates a global, collective regulatory framework for hazardous substances and waste. Strong and committed leadership from both politicians and the business sector is required to achieve this," says Ms Skog.

Press contact

Jakob Lundgren
Press Secretary to Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The HLPF is the central forum for follow-up on the 2030 Agenda at global level. The ambition is for all processes in and outside the UN system to be linked up during the eight days of the HLPF. Countries will present their work to implement the 2030 Agenda, discuss the challenges and exchange experiences. The HLPF has a different theme each year, and this year's theme is ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’.

During the HLPF, a selection of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are reviewed. In 2018, the selected SDGs are goal 6 (water and sanitation), goal 7 (sustainable energy), goal 11 (sustainable cities), goal 12 (sustainable consumption and production), and goal 15 (ecosystems and biodiversity).