United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), New York City July 9-18, 2018

The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development . It has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level. This year’s meeting will cover 6 goals, including Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

The Global Platform for the Right to the City includes in its mission the goal to promote the visibility of local and national actions and struggles for the Right to the City at international forums, as well as to advocate for changes in political agendas at the international level and to monitor the implementation of existing commitments (Human Rights, New Urban Agenda -NUA- and SDGs). Arising from this overarching mission is the goal to systematically align existing (human rights) and more recent (NUA, SDGs) obligations in order to ground the stronger normative arguments needed for implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Right to the City.

The Global Platform’s participation at the HLPF is therefore intended to give visibility and raise awareness about local and global struggles for the Right to the City; continue to ensure the inclusion of the Right to the City in international agendas; monitor the implementation of the SDG’s, particularly Goal 11; and align NUA and SDGs commitments with existing human rights obligations and the different components of the Right to the City.

In order to achieve this, the Global Platform will be organizing and co-organizing the following activities and events:

Finally, the Global Platform will advocate for the co-production of a statement that promotes the Right to the City as the principle framework for the materialization of the NUA and SGD commitments, and aligns them with existing human rights.

Join us in spreading the word about these opportunities for collaboration around the Right to the City!


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