The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is the central UN platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and takes place in July every year. This year the event will take place between July 10th and 19th at the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York, under the theme “Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels”.
The forum is the opportunity to debate in length different aspects of the Sustainable Development Agenda, as well as to oversee the follow-up of its implementation regarding the 17 SDGs and the advances per countries. For such, each year a set of SDGs is up for in-depth review, at the same time that different countries are set to present reports regarding the status of implementation of the Agenda in their territories.
In 2023, the SDGs up for review are:
In 2023, 40 countries will present voluntary national reviews (VNRs). They are: Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Central African Republic, Comoros, Chile, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, European Union, Fiji, France, Guyana, Iceland, Ireland, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Maldives, Mongolia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, St Kitts & Nevis , Syrian Arab Republic , Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, United Republic of Tanzania , Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia.
HIC at the 2023 HLPF
HIC will be taking part in this year’s HLPF to give continuity to the work carried-out during the 2nd UN-Habitat Assembly which took place in Nairobi in June. At the center of the strategy for both occasions is to give visibility to the core commitments and principles reflected at the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and that point the way to advancing towards human settlements that are fair, diverse, sustainable and provide the adequate conditions to all to live a dignified life. These commitments, and the NUA as a whole are being increasingly invisibilized vis-à-vis other conception for territorial development, as well as the targets and objectives of the 2030 Agenda, which are more general than the ones included at the NUA.
Under such a context, and given the revision of Goal 11 on sustainable cities and communities, which gives particular focus on territorial and habitat related topics, HIC is taking the opportunity of the 2023 HLPF to call for a channeling of the SDGs implementation strategy though a full realization of the New Urban Agenda, in particular through these core principles:
Social and ecological function of land
Social and solidarity economy (SSE)
The democratic management of cities and territories
Combatting forced evictions
Social Production of Habitat
Protecting women’s equal rights
Beyond the continuity of this messaging, the HIC delegation will seek to give support and continuity to the civil society’s contributions to a series of Voluntary National Reviews which counted with contributions of HIC members and staff from HIC-Housing and Land Rights Network and HIC-Africa office. These include the VNRs of Bahrain, Comoros, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tanzania and Zambia.
Beyond these strategic areas, HIC’s advocacy work is guided by a set of guiding principles, committed to the defence of habitat-related human rights and to building a present and future based on social and environmental justice. These principles are outlined in the Habitat Voices Manifesto:
Moreover HIC will also be engaging in a series of activities that include:
Wed 12 July
Sixth Local and Regional Governments Forum on the 2030 Agenda.
Thu 13 July
Plenary revision of Goal 11
Thu 13 July
10h-18h – Local and Regional Governments Day –
Fri 14 July
Statements of Major Groups to the plenary
Wed 19 July
Housing and equitable cities: Bolstering local action for the implementation of SDG 11
Our President Adriana Allen coordinated the production of five position papers on the Localisation of SDG 11, launched by the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Government and UCLG at the 2023 HLPF.
The five papers provide a complementa¬ry and integrated vision of the pathways LRGs are taking to achieve SDG 11 and closely related SDGs. In other words, they highlight trajectories for change, illustrated through innovative case studies, in which LRGs together with organised civil society take an active role and for¬ward-looking approach to promote more equitable and sustainable futures.
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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
HIC advocates within the Sustainable Development System, using the human rights-based approach to monitor and evaluate states’ commitments related to habitat issues and associated human rights.
Habitat Rights in the International System
– Mainstreaming the relation to habitat rights
– Accountability with countries
New Urban Agenda
HIC is committed to contribute to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the third global Habitat Agenda since 1976, at the international, national and local levels. HIC actively contributed during the process of drafting the NUA, which will serve as a guideline for urban development for the next twenty years. Key for NUA related advocacy is to guarantee alignment with Human Rights obligations. You can read some of HIC’s key messages prepared for the 5-year review of NUA’s implementation.
HIC is committed to and involved in the struggle for Climate Justice, calling for it to be treated and enacted as a fundamental Human Right related to Habitat. This call is is rooted on the five pillars of HIC’s Habitat Voices Manifesto, linking equality, individual and collective human rights, and historical responsibilities for climate change as an urgent political and ethical issue
HIC reinforces its social strength and its capacity to influence progress and mainstream gender and human rights related to habitat. The intent is to fully integrate SDG 5 and CEDaW obligations and General recommendations with HIC’s commitment to gender equality across all HIC’s organisational objectives.
HIC advocates for food sovereignty by putting the people who produce, distribute and consume food at the centre of decisions about food systems and policies, rather than the demands of markets and corporations, mainly at the International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty.
Displacement & Crisis
HIC-HLRN monitors and compiles data on housing and land rights violations in order to give visibility and propose solutions in cases. The resulting displacement crises not only creates worrying logistical and humanitarian consequences, but further threaten international security and risk the lives of displaced people, aid workers, human rights defenders and peacekeepers.