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High-Level Political Forum 2017 will be held from 10th to 19th July 2017

The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2017 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Monday, 10th July, to Wednesday, 19th July 2017; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 17th July, to Wednesday, 19th July 2017.

The theme will be “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”. The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following;

1. Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
2. Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
3. Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
4. Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
5. Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
6. Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

The 2030 Agenda defines a follow up and review process. Member states committed to a robust, voluntary, effective, participatory, transparent and integrated follow up and review framework. This is aimed at helping countries to track and assess progress in attaining the 2030 Agenda in order to ensure that no one is left behind. These reviews also guide policy planning and implementation as well as develop a better understanding of the problems and the shortcomings encountered in the progressive realization of their sustainable development strategies and the development of further appropriate policies, structures and processes to achieve them.

These reviews are state led and involve ministerial and other high level participants. It also provides a platform for sharing experiences including successes, challenges and lessons learnt among others.

During the 2016 HLPF, twenty two (22) countries participated in the first round of VNRs. It should be remembered that Kenya played a critical role in the development of the agenda and therefore should maintain leadership. Kenya has therefore made a commitment to participate in the 2017 VNRs and is among the forty four (44) countries to be reviewed. As contained in the General Assembly Resolution 70/299, the preparation of the VNR for Kenya draws from the experience gained in 2016.