The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2024

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is scheduled to take place from 8 to 17 July 2024 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). 

The ministerial segment of the forum will be held from 15 to 17 July 2024 as part of the High-level Segment of the Council. The last day of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC will be on Thursday, 18 July 2024.

The theme of the 2024 HLPF will be ‘Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions’. The HLPF meets annually to discuss the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs.

 The HLPF in 2024 will review in-depth the following sustainable development goals (SDGs):

  • Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere),
  • Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture),
  • Goal 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts),
  • 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), and
  • Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development)

The HLPF 2024 will be the first HLPF under the auspices of ECOSOC after the 2023 SDG Summit – the HLPF convened under the auspices of the General Assembly in September 2023. The 2024 HLPF will support the implementation of the Political Declaration and other outcomes of the SDG Summit for advancing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

For more information about the forum, please visit the dedicated web page.

UN OEWG 2021-2025 8th substantive session

The second UN open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on developments in the field of ICTs in the context of international security will hold its seventh substantive session from 8-12 July.

The OEWG is tasked with study of existing and potential threats to information security, and possible confidence-building measures and capacity building. It should also further develop rules, norms, and principles of responsible behaviour of states, discuss ways of implementing them, and explore the possibility of establishing regular open-ended institutional dialogue under the auspices of the UN.

2024 GGE on lethal autonomous weapons systems | Second session

The Group of Governmental Experts on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (GGE on LAWS) will host its second 2024 meeting from 26 to 30 August.

As established by the 2023 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, the GGE is to ‘further consider and formulate, by consensus, a set of elements of an instrumentwithout prejudging its nature, and other possible measures to address emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapon systems, taking into account the example of existing Protocols within the Convention, proposals presented by High Contracting Parties and other options related to the normative and operational framework on emerging technologies in the area of lethal. autonomous weapon systems, building upon the recommendations and conclusions of the Group, and bringing in expertise on legal, military, and technological aspects’. 

For more information about the meeting, refer to the dedicated webpage.

Summit of the Future 2024

The Summit of the Future is a high-level UN event aimed at forging a new international consensus on how to deliver a better present and safeguard the future. The Summit is scheduled for 22-23 September 2024, preceded by a preparatory ministerial meeting on 18 September. The event will bring together UN member states, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, academic institutions, the private sector, and youth under the theme, ‘Summit of the Future: Multilateral Solutions for a Better Tomorrow’.

The main objectives of the Summit of the Future are:

  1. To forge a new global consensus on what our future should look like and what we can do today to secure it;
  2. To adopt a concise, action-oriented Outcome Document, ‘A Pact for the Future,’ which will be agreed in advance by consensus;
  3. To establish a UN Special Envoy for Future Generations;
  4. To address other institutional reforms and initiatives.

The Summit is described as a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity to recommit to fundamental principles and further develop the frameworks of multilateralism so they are fit for the future’. It follows on from a series of UN Summits and aims to strengthen global governance for the sake of present and future generations.

For more information about the summit, please refer to the dedicated web page.