This article was originally published on September 24th 2013 in the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services (IISD RS) news in the Linkages section. See the related event here.
The inaugural session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) convened at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at UN Headquarters in New York. The session theme was “Building the future we want from Rio+20 to the post-2015 development agenda.” The gathering of presidents, prime ministers, ministers and other officials heard opening remarks from General Assembly President John Ashe and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Other opening speakers included: Nestor Osorio, President of ECOSOC; Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil; Enrico Letta, Prime Minister of Italy; Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF; and Gita Sen, Representative of the Major Groups.
The session was divided into several segments that featured keynote presentations from Heads of State and Government and Ministers and remarks from the floor on the following themes: “From vision to action,” “Global partnerships for development to create jobs and improve sustainable lifestyles,” and “Mapping the way forward for eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development.”
See the complete briefing in the Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary of the HLPF in the PDF attached below.