Sustainability at Top of Global Agenda

GRI events at the 2020 UN High Level Political Forum
Jul 6, 2020 8:00 AM ET
Press Release

July 6, 2020 /3BL Media/ - The annual review of progress achieved in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) starts next week, with a virtual format meaning it will be the greenest and most inclusive yet.

In response to the pandemic, the 2020 UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) has switched fully online. In total, 47 countries will present their Voluntary National Reviews on SDGs progress – including 20 for the first time.

GRI is hosting and participating in several events, during and following the HLPF, focused on the role of transparency in advancing the SDGs. Places can be reserved now to participate in the following sessions:

Peter Paul van de Wijs, GRI Chief External Affairs Officer, said:

“The challenges that the global community face as a result of COVID-19 are demonstrating why advancing sustainable development is more important than ever before. The increased participation from around the world at this year’s HLPF, with a virtual format enforced by the pandemic, is therefore both welcome and significant.

With just a decade to go to the target completion date for the SDGs, scrutiny is rising on the progress made and the additional effort required. Building national partnerships, learning from what is working well elsewhere, and understanding the contribution of the private sector, are all crucial.

GRI continues to provide support and champion the transparency and accountability required to reach the SDGs. We look forward to engaging with all stakeholders through these HLPF events, as we press for the greater urgency and collective action required.”

The United Nations High Level Political Form on Sustainable Development takes place (in New York and virtually) 7-16 July 2020, under the theme Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.

In addition to the above events, on 20 July GRI will co-host (with UNGC) a private event for members of the Action Platform for Business Reporting on the SDGs.

In April, GRI published the report Using Corporate Reporting to Strengthen the Sustainable Development Goals, providing recommendations for national policy makers.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the independent international organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate their impacts.