The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development held under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and dedicated to poverty eradication and promotion of prosperity in a changing world was completed on the 18th of July 2018. During the Forum, 47 countries presented their Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation; some of these countries had prepared their reports for previous HLPF sessions, and this time presented the updated versions of their VNRs. There also was a novelty: New York was the first city in the world to present its own Voluntary Local Review.
During the forum, it was concluded that the world has achieved success in the reduction of maternal and child mortality, providing access to education and electricity. However, for the first time over the past decade, the number of the malnourished people increased. At the same time, there remain many other challenges, such as gender inequality, underinvestment in infrastructure, climate change, armed conflicts and poverty. The achievement of some goals is slower than it was planned, and in general the pace of global progress is not sufficient for the implementation of SDGs by 2030.
The Forum participants encouraged governments, private sector and society to focus on achieving SDGs, improve institutions and engage youth. According to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake’ speech, there are 1.8 billion people aged 18 to 24 years in the world, who can play a key role in the "Agenda 2030”implementation. She also pointed out that to overcome the most complicated challenges of modern times, it is necessary to take the advantage of young innovators, activists and entrepreneurs’ dynamism and creativity.
Unfortunately, among 111 VNRs, which were submitted in 2016-2018, there is no Voluntary National Review of the Russian Federation. Moreover, the preparation of this report is yet not planned for 2019.