State Secretary Eva Svedling takes part in virtual UN high-level forum on the 2030 Agenda
On 7–14 July, State Secretary Eva Svedling and a Swedish delegation will take part in the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York. In line with the UN Secretary-General’s call, this year’s theme is ‘Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realising the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development’. In light of the COVID-19 crisis, and for the first time ever, this year’s HLPF will be held in a virtual format.
Eva Svedling, State Secretary with responsibility for Sweden’s national implementation of the 2030 Agenda, will be taking part in the HLPF and heading Sweden’s eDelegation comprising representatives from business, research, the public sector and civil society.
“The COVID-19 crisis has exposed many global vulnerabilities. This crisis shows that implementation of the 2030 Agenda is more crucial than ever. It is our roadmap for creating sustainable and just societies in which no one is left behind. It is particularly important to invest in the future of children, young people and coming generations,” says Ms Svedling.
At this year’s HLPF, Sweden will focus on the following areas.
- The society that emerges from the COVID-19 crisis must be more sustainable than the society that entered the crisis. Sweden will work to build back better and strengthen social, economic and ecological resilience.
- Sweden’s action on the Global Goals, both nationally and globally, will seek to deliver on the ‘leave no one behind’ principle The Global Goals must be achieved for everyone, all around the world. We must, in particular, safeguard opportunities for future generations.
- We must support and facilitate the meaningful participation and engagement of stakeholders.
High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
The UN’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will take place on 7–16 July, for the first time in a virtual format. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the HLPF will focus on examining the impact of the pandemic on progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. The theme of this year’s HLPF is ‘Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realising the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development’. During the second week, 47 countries will carry out voluntary national reviews of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
Sweden best at sustainability
On 1 July 2020, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Bertelsmann Stiftung launched the Sustainable Development Report 2020. The report is a global assessment of countries’ total progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Sweden tops the ranking and is closely followed by Denmark and Finland.