Rutgers takes the High-Level Political Forum 2017 by storm

Temperatures are on the rise in New York, and we are stoked! In collaboration with our Right Here Right Now and Prevention+ programme partners, Rutgers is participating in this year’s High-Level Political Forum in person, and online. Learn how you can participate in our #HLPF2017 activities!

What’s on this year’s #HLPF2017 agenda?

The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is an annual United Nations-organised review of the progress governments are making in delivering to the promise of sustainable development. Now on its second year, #HLPF2017 will take place in New York between 10 and 19 July. It starts with a full week’s thematic review of the overall status of sustainable development goals focusing specifically on SDGs 1 (no poverty), 2 (zero hunger), 3 (good health and well-being), 5 (gender equality), 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), and 14 (life below water) delivery – followed by a three-day ministerial session. From 17 to 19 July, 44 countries will undergo a voluntary national review (VNR) process.

The adoption of a negotiated Ministerial Declaration (outcome document) that captures states-reaffirmed SDG commitments concludes #HLPF2017 activities. The Ministerial Declaration will highlight gaps and challenges identified by state leaders, based on inter-governmental consensus building. Its contents will set the framework for development priorities in the coming year. 

#RightHereRightNow: placing young people’s SRHR at the heart of #HLPF debates

For #HLPF2017, members of our #RightHereRightNow (RHRN) programme will head to New York with one goal in mind: to amplify urgent calls for governments to deliver to the full package of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) to all people, specifically, young people who now make up 1.8 billion of the world’s population! 

Together, our team of (youth) SRHR advocates will seek to influence thematic review discussions, specifically on SDGs 3 and 5, and will monitor VNR presentations.

We will have representatives from several RHRN countries (the Netherlands, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Indonesia and Honduras) participating.

Each of them have been tasked to provide live updates on the ground: they will be our “eyes and ears”! For live updates, follow us @rhrn_youthsrhr!

During the HLPF, a great number of side events will be organised, including three by RHRN consortium members. On Tuesday 18 July, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the governments of Kenya, Ethiopia and Sint Maarten, Rutgers, Right Here Right Now, SheDecides and WomenDeliver, is hosting a side event on teenage pregnancies. On 11 and 19 July, ARROW and IPPFAR will host a side event and breakfast strategy meeting respectively. More information on our side events will follow.

#PreventionPlus and #FlowNL: taking Twitter by storm for #genderequality

Advocacy activities take place in many fronts. While our #RightHereRightNow advocates engage at the highest levels of global governance, the power of civil society to move boulders, and effect change cannot be underestimated. 

Between 10 and 14 July, the #PreventionPlus consortium will join forces with organisations supported by the FLOW (Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women) programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands for a Twitter storm. 

Each day of our #FlowNL Twitter storm will be hosted by one or more FLOW members on a specific theme. Our Twitter storm knows NO borders and NO time zone. It is FREE-FOR-ALL. Tweet out in your own language, and at the time most convenient for you. But remember: numbers are important to effect change ⇒ include hashtags #FlowNL and #HLPF2017 in your messages. 

Together, let’s take Twitter by storm. Follow #FlowNL, #HLPF2017. 

Twitter storm materials