28 June 2019

Climate-Security at the High Level Political Forum 2019?

The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development will convene Tuesday, 9 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019, including the ministerial meeting of the forum on the last three days. Held under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, the HLPF reviews in-depth the progress of six Sustainable Development Goals, among them Inequalities (SDG10), Climate Action (SDG13) and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG16). As the PSI Making it #Doable report argued in advance of the Planetary Security Conference 2019, this event presents “a unique opportunity to understand the interconnected nature of these three SDGs and set long-term goals integrating climate-related security risks.”

The Forum as well as the UN Climate Summit 2019 also offers a chance for the Climate Security Mechanism, established in November last year by UN Development Programme, the Department for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and the UN Environment Programme, to build momentum and develop capacity. Ulrika Modéer, Assistant Administrator at UNDP, outlined the reasons and prospects for her organisation’s focus on climate-related security risks. “If both HLPF and Summit are successful,” notes the Making it #Doable report prepared for PSC2019, “they will likely result in a wealth of further tasks assigned to the Climate Security Mechanism for late 2019 and into 2020.”

The HLFP executes regular national voluntary reviews of the 2030 Agenda, including developed and developing countries as well as relevant UN entities and other stakeholders. The reviews are managed by the different states and its high level representatives, and provide a platform for partnerships, with a central role for major groups and other relevant stakeholders. This year 47 countries have volunteered to present their national voluntary reviews to the HLPF. The list includes states related to PSI spotlight regions such as Chad, Iraq, and several Small Island Development States.

Photocredit: Flickr/Adreas Komodromos