New UN Forum to advance sustainable development


One critical outcome of the Rio+20 Conference was the decision to establish a universal intergovernmental high-level political forum on sustainable development.

As a result of a process of informal consultation co-facilitated by the Permanent Representatives of the Brazil and Italy the General Assembly defined the “Format and organizational aspects of the high-level political forum on sustainable development.”

The high-level political forum, consistent with its intergovernmental universal character, will:

  • provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations for sustainable development,
  • follow-up and review progress in the implementation of sustainable development commitments,
  • enhance the integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development,
  • and have a focused, dynamic and action-oriented agenda, ensuring the appropriate consideration of new and emerging sustainable development challenges. 

The meetings of the forum will be convened:

  • every four years under the auspices of the General Assembly at the level of Heads of State and Government — for two days at the beginning of the General Assembly session
  • every year under the auspices of ECOSOC — for eight days, including a three-day ministerial segment.

Both meetings will adopt a negotiated declaration.

The forum, under the auspices of ECOSOC, will conduct regular reviews, starting in 2016, on the follow-up and implementation of sustainable development commitments and objectives, including those related to the means of implementation, within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

The first meeting of the forum under the auspices of the General Assembly will be convened by the President of the General Assembly at the beginning of the 68th session for one day. It will have an inaugural character. The outcome of the meeting will consist of a President’s Summary.

Learn more about the forum.