18 July 2018, New York
HLPF was held from 9th to 18th July at UN HQ at New York to take stock of the implementation of the SDGs under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council of the UN. This year 47 countries presented their Voluntary National Report (VNR). Approx 2000 representatives of the governments, CSOs and other stakeholders participated in the HLPF.
Asia Pacific Regional CSOs Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM) was given the status of the Major Group (and a seat) by the UN. A delegation of the MAUSAM including ShSharad Joshi, Prof. Sanjay Paswan and ShSoumyaDutta participated in the HLPF engaging with a variety of activities. The delegation also met the Permanent Representative of India at UN Mr. Syed Akbaruddin. MAUSAM also organized a side event on SDG 7, on 18th July at Church centre, where in Mr. SoumyaDutta, Mr. Uchita De Zoysa (sustainable development Platform, Sri Lanka), Ms. Joan Carling (Tebtebba Foundation), Ms. ShailaShahid (ICCAD, Bangladesh), Ms. Anne Cecile Coly (ITUC, Uganda), Ms. ChuthatipManeepong (Open Development Initiative, Thailand) spoke on trends, challenges and way forward in just and equitable energy transition. Besides, attending other side events, the delegation members also held interactions with small group of activists working against colonialism and climate crisis organized by Marta Benavides from Al Salvador, ESCAP Dy Secretary KavehZaidi, Bihar Jharkhand Association of North America (BJANA), and representatives of various other major groups.