State Secretary Anders Grönvall in New York heads Swedish delegation to UN meeting on 2030 Agenda

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On 13–15 July, State Secretary Anders Grönvall will head the Swedish delegation taking part in the 2022 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The theme of this year’s HLPF is ‘Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.

Mr Grönvall, State Secretary with responsibility for Sweden’s national implementation of the 2030 Agenda, will take part in the meeting as the head of Sweden’s delegation. He will be joined by representatives of civil society, the Riksdag, research institutions and government agencies, at both local and regional level.

Like last year’s HLPF, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be in focus. This year’s meeting is also expected to address Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its effects on countries’ implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“At a time of parallel crises, it is more important than ever to meet in peaceful dialogue and mobilise resources and stakeholders at all levels to accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda,” says Mr Grönvall.

The Government also emphasises including the perspective of young people in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, which will be visible in Sweden’s participation in this year’s HLPF. Climate change will also be among the key issues during the forum. Together with the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda is an important framework for managing and curbing the climate crisis.

Based on the SDGs that this year’s HLPF will review in depth (SDGs 4, 5, 14, 15 and 17), Sweden’s focus will be on the following:

  • stressing the importance of equitable and lifelong learning and education for sustainable development;
  • emphasising the importance of all women, girls and LGBTIQ people’s full enjoyment of human rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR);
  • supporting enhanced efforts to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and ensuring that at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas are protected in our exclusive economic zones;
  • encouraging the international community to build further on the results of Stockholm+50 to accelerate urgent measures to ensure a better future for all people on a healthy planet;
  • stressing the importance of global partnerships and funding for implementation of the 2030 Agenda in line with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development; and 
  • promoting efforts to build on young people’s engagement during the HLPF, for example by including youth representatives on panels.

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High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development is being held in New York on 5–15 July. The theme for this year’s HLPF is ‘Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. During the second week, 45 countries will present their voluntary national reviews (VNRs)of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Sweden has conducted voluntary national reviews in 2017 and 2021. Sweden’s is expected to present its next report to the UN in 2025.

Together with the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS), Sweden will host a side event based on the following SDGs: Life Below Water (SDG 14) and Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17). The side event will focus on how various forms of partnership at local, regional, national and global level can contribute to cleaner oceans while promoting a sustainable blue economy that ensures people’s basic needs are met. The side event takes place on Monday 11 July from 13.30 to 15.00.

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The 2030 Agenda

In late 2015, the UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. By doing so, all UN Member States have committed to working to achieve a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable world by 2030. The 2030 Agenda comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets. Each country’s government is responsible for implementing and following up the 2030 Agenda at global, regional and national level.