SDSN at the 2024 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)

This year, the SDSN and our networks will host a number of events alongside the UN's High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. With a theme of ‘Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: The effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions,’ leaders and stakeholders from around the world will convene in New York and online to review progress towards the SDGs, explore actionable policy guidance, and prepare for the 2024 Summit of the Future in September.

We invite our networks and the sustainable development community to join us at the following events.

Projecting into the Future: The Importance of Youth as Agents of Change

Hosted by: SDSN and La Caixa Foundation

Date: July 2-3, 2024

Location: New York, NY

The event aspires to serve as a bridge of cooperation and communication between guests and the students who have developed the 17 awarded projects on SDGs from The Challenge. Throughout one day and a half of various sessions, participants will discuss, among other topics, the key role of youth, the importance of taking local action for the SDGs, and the relevance of education for sustainable development.

Amazonian Resilience: Addressing Drought and Water Connectivity

Hosted by: Science Panel for the Amazon

Date: 1:15-2:45 PM ET, July 8, 2024

Location: Scandinavia House, New York, NY


The Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA) will host an informative and impactful one-hour and fifteen minute panel discussion, aiming to present the latest SPA Policy Briefs (PBs) on Amazonian Droughts and Water Connectivity. It will feature expert Lead Authors from each PB, an Amazonian Indigenous Leader, and a Government Official from the region.

The Impact of War on Access to Healthcare and Education in Gaza - Official Side Event

Hosted by: the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, UNESCWA, and the SDSN's SDGs Today

Date: 8:00 AM ET, July 9, 2024

Location: Online


Since the onset of the aggression on Palestine on October 7th, 2023, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) has launched a platform to monitor the direct impact of the aggression using official figures from various data sources. With a particular emphasis on Martyrs (Children & Women), injured, displaced populations, and the availability of healthcare and educational facilities, PCBS has conducted analyses and press releases highlighting the dire conditions faced by communities in Gaza. These efforts shed light on the challenges of accessing healthcare services, education, and other essentials. Collaboration with decision-makers, researchers, UN agencies, and other organizations has been and will stay an instrumental in this endeavor.

This event will showcase data and analyses illustrating the severity of the aggression on the Gazan population. It will also delve into the challenges and opportunities associated with generating and accessing data through collaborative partnerships.

Science Day 2024 – Driving Science-based Action on the SDGs

Hosted by: SEI, UNDP, SDSN , ISC, and UN DESA

Date: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET, July 9, 2024

Location: UNHQ Conference Room 3, New York, NY


Registrants must have a UN pass to attend.

This year, during the High-Level Political Forum 2024 (HLPF) country delegations, the scientific community, NGOs, and other key stakeholders reconvene for a second time to continue discussing the role of science in SDG acceleration. Science Day is an initiative co-convened by SEI, UNDP , SDSN , ISC , and UN DESA to position the need for including scientific evidence in the decision-making around the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.

In its 2024 edition, Science Day continues to offer a space within the HLPFfor decision-makers, scientists, academics, and stakeholders to delve into the intricate systems, strategies, and synergies needed to drive SDG acceleration towards 2030. This Special Event remains dedicated to fostering meaningful dialogue and collaborations around scientific discoveries, methodologies, and tools supporting policy action in an integrated and evidenced-based manner. A detailed agenda, speakers, and objectives of the event will be shared soon. In the meantime, revisit the conclusions from the first Science Day event last year and make sure to save the date on your calendars.

Global Energy Interconnectivity and Transition for the SDGs - Official Side Event

Date: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET, Wednesday 10 July, 2024
Location: Conference Room 3, United Nations Headquarters, New York, United States

Accelerating the global energy transition and promoting clean, low-carbon electricity development are critical measures in urgently addressing climate change. The top priority is to hasten the worldwide adoption of clean energy and to advance the green, low-carbon development of the electricity sector. This side event aims to summarize the substantial progress and practical cases of the global energy transition. Exchanging experiences from around the world has never been more important.

Modernizing Data Strategies for VNR and VLR Digitization - Official Side Event

Hosted by: UN-Habitat and the SDSN's SDGs Today

Date: 8:00 AM ET, July 11, 2024

Location: Online


In an effort to bolster innovative multistakeholder initiatives utilizing non-traditional data and tools to assess and monitor progress on the SDGs, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network's SDGs Today and UN-Habitat introduced a novel digital tool for Mombasa's Voluntary Local Review in 2023. This tool enables local and national governments to disseminate their data in a more accessible format to citizens and the wider SDGs community through interactive and dynamic presentations of data. Such an approach holds the potential to enhance the accuracy and timeliness of data and analysis for SDG reporting and decision-making, facilitate geo-visualization for increased stakeholder engagement, improve collaboration, and accelerate progress.

During this session, we will offer a demo on deploying the tools and various non-conventional data resources that local and national governments can utilize to support data collection, production, and visualization, thereby enhancing the transparency of their efforts and reporting processes.

Mythbusting: Renewables, Electrification, and Decarbonization


Date: July 11, 2024

Location: Online

Registration link coming soon.

One of the best mediums for navigating nuances and developing solutions to the SDGs is to foster open conversation among subject matter experts. Specifically, busting myths about the energy transition opens up the opportunity to find the right steps towards progress. In this interactive debate-style event, panelists will take on misconceptions held about large-scale renewables penetration, the speed and scale of their implementation, the limitations of the resource stocks and supply chains needed to replace fossil fuels, and the development of global energy interconnection and power of the grid expansion efforts.

IFLA, UNESCO, and SDSN Position Paper: Creating a Global Knowledge Commons for Mission 4.7.

Hosted by: IFLA, UNESCO, and SDSN

Date: 08:00 AM ET, July 15, 2024

Location: Online


This side event session will formally launch a position paper by IFLA, UNESCO, and SDSN on the importance of partnerships with libraries to create Open Science, Data, Education Resources for use in Education and Training for Sustainable Development. Libraries can be key partners in underwriting a Global Knowledge Commons for the SDGs; ethics, standards, systems, processes, and practices including quality assurance processes, discoverability, interoperability, archiving, preservation, copyright, licensing and rights retention, skills and training, and equity in curation and access. Specific applications on these building blocks would include libraries’ contribution (creation, publishing and/or making openly accessible) of content to the global public good to engage in SDG 17 partnerships for distance and open teaching and learning; capacities across nations, parliaments/governments and in low resourced communities, in Citizen Science. The sharing of openly licensed digital content in support of the UN Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) supports the United Nations Secretary General’s Road Map for Digital Cooperation, and Commitment #7 of ‘Our Common Agenda’: “Improve digital cooperation”, actions that effectively contribute to the Global Digital Compact.

Partnerships in Labor Force Resilience: The Imperative of Education and Upskilling in Digital and Sustainability Skills

Host: BuildSkills and SDSN

Date: 08:00 AM ET, July 17, 2024

Location: Online


This event delves into emerging trends and resilient solutions in education for sustainable development among youth and professionals moving towards gainful employment, professional development, and vocational training. Upskilling is imperative in lifelong learning, equipping the youth and professionals with the knowledge, competencies, and values to respond to sustainable development challenges in all growing industries. Discussions will spotlight policies and practices aimed at promoting informed educational decision-making and exploring the pivotal role of vocational education and professional training in facilitating transitions to employment. The implementation of such pathways require diverse partnerships and expertise to work alongside policymakers for more effective and localized outcomes. A cross-sectoral panel will provide a comprehensive examination of interconnected issues related to education, employment, stressing the importance of policy measures, intersectoral partnerships, and strategic investments. Additionally, the panel envisions collaborative efforts among educators and practitioners across governmental, corporate, and civil society sectors, equipping them with relevant educational content and training to actively contribute to sustainable development through workforce participation.