Minister Edna Molewa participates in High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development

16 July 2018


The Minister of Environmental Affairs Dr Edna Molewa is participating in the Ministerial Segment of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development at the United Nations (UN) in New York. The forum has been convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) under the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.”

Its aim is to review a number of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) namely SDG 6,7,11,12,15 and 17 with the view to strengthening the implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.

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The South African delegation, including officials from the Department of Environmental Affairs, has actively participated in the HLPF technical sessions which resulted in the development of the country’s position paper on various matters under discussion.

“The South African government is open for engagements and cooperation as we transition to an environmentally sustainable, climate resilient, low carbon society as envisioned in our National Development Plan,” said Dr. Molewa.

“We are absolutely confident that deliberations at the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development will enable all the country members to collectively work together in ensuring transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,” added the Minister.

The HLPF will adopt a Ministerial Declaration that embodies a political mandate and provides further guidance regarding the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

Minister Molewa will also participate in the High-Level event on “Transforming our economies and lifestyles” on the side-lines of the HLPF on Monday the 16th of July 2018.

The event is organized by the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE). The Department of Environmental Affairs will live-stream the PAGE event via Periscope on Twitter at @environmentZA. South Africa is slated to host the next PAGE conference in October 2018.

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