IGES Activity on "High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2020)"

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is the United Nations’ annual global platform for following up and reviewing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s theme is “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”. This year, the international community discussed how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic so that measures toward achieving the SDGs can be put back on track and further accelerated.
IGES’ Special Webpage on HLPF 2020 features information on relevant IGES events and publications (reports, etc.) authored by IGES experts.

IGES related events at HLPF 2020

At HLPF 2020, IGES spoke at an official programme and two side events.

Official Programme

8 July 14:00-15:00 (EDT) / 9 July 3:00-4:00 (JST)


Protecting the Planet and Building Resilience

At this official meeting, discussions focused on the opportunities and innovations to strengthen resilience and disaster risk management while protecting people and the planet.

Participation from IGES:
Kazuhiko TAKEUCHI, IGES President

During this event, IGES President Takeuchi argued that the COVID-19 pandemic was due to unsustainable interactions between societies and natural systems, intensified by rapid globalisation. Yet, he emphasised that, by re-establishing a synergistic relationship between people and nature, such risks can be greatly reduced. He also highlighted some examples of harmonious co-existence from Japan, including the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative and the “circulating and ecological sphere” concept. In his conclusion, he stressed that this harmony with nature is fundamental for a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19, and expressed his hope to learn about initiatives from other countries, so that we can not only “build back better” but also “move forward together.”

Please visit the link below for his full remarks.

Remarks for "Protecting the Planet and Building Resilience" by Kazuhiko TAKEUCHI, IGES President
Side Events

8:00-9:00 (EDT) / 21:00-22:00 (JST)

An Interregional Dialogue on How SDG Governance and Policy Coherence can Accelerate Action and Progress on the SDGs in the Post-COVID-19 era

This official side event, jointly organised by the governments of Romania and Mongolia in partnership with the OECD and IGES, featured a discussion on how SDG governance and policy at the national and international levels can accelerate action toward achieving the SDGs in in the post-COVID-19 era.

Participation from IGES:
Kazuhiko TAKEUCHI, IGES President
Eric ZUSMAN, Research Leader, Sustainability Governance Centre

8:00-9:00 (EDT) / 21:00-22:00 (JST)

Satoyama Initiative – Societies in Harmony with Nature: An Inclusive Approach for Communities, Landscapes and Seascapes

The Satoyama Initiative is a global platform to promote societies that live in harmony with nature through utilising and maintaining socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes. This official side event introduced how the Satoyama Initiative is contributing to protecting the planet and building resilience, advancing human well-being and sharing nature’s economic benefits, as well as fostering partnership. The discussion then explored how this approach can be integrated into SDG-related policies at the national and sub-national levels.

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Participation from IGES:
Kazuhiko TAKEUCHI, IGES President

Presentation Materials:
Role of the Satoyama Initiative for the Achievement of the SDGs and Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework in the Face of COVID-19

Virtual Exhibitions

Relevant Events

28 May- 25 June   Webinar Series "Harnessing Climate & SDGs Synergies to Recover Better and Stronger from the Covid-19 Pandemic"

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