Join us and #FlipTheScript at HLPF 2022

Flipping the Script at the High-Level Political Forum
5–15 July 2022

The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) convenes the international community under the theme “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” with the aim of launching ambitious recovery policies that advance the SDGs, especially in light of current multiple crises. Collective action from all stakeholders is needed to rapidly change course and set the world on track towards a sustainable future.

The UN SDG Action Campaign will be promoting the Global Week to #Act4SDGs at various events, calling on everyone to work together and #FlipTheScript for climate action, justice and sustainable peace.

Join our live discussions

A coalition of civil society organizations discuss how we can be “Building forward better”, centered around four interlinked themes — vaccines, hunger, debt and social protection, and livelihood while discussing it in the context of achieving the SDGs, especially SDG 5 using the gender lens. Organized by the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)

  • Introduction: Ingo Ritz, Director, GCAP
  • Moderator: Paul Divakar, Co-Chair, GCAP
  • Keynote: Marina Ponti, Director, UN SDG Action Campaign
  • Hallima Nyota, Youth Leader, Kenya, A4SD Facilitation Group member
  • Amitabh Behar, CEO, Oxfam India
  • Speakers from the People’s Vaccine Alliance (PVA), Global Forum on DWD (Discrimination by Work and Descent), Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, LATINDADD, GCAP Europe
  • Deshapriya S Wijetunge, SUNFO (GCAP Sri Lanka)


A presentation on the outcomes and recommendations of the 4th edition of Venice City Solutions 2030 held in December 2021, titled “SDG Solutions to rethink the city” — learn about efforts to support local and regional governments to achieve Agenda 2030 for all. Organized by UN-Habitat in collaboration with UCLG, AICCRE, UNDP and the UN SDG Action Campaign.

  • Moderator: Diana Lopez Caramazana, Partnership Specialist on Cities and Local Governments, UNDP
  • Martino Miraglia, Human Settlements Officer, SDG Localization and Local Governments, UN-Habitat
  • Xavier Longan, Lead for Partnerships, UN SDG Action Campaign
  • Maria Alejandra Rico, Advocacy and Learning Officer, UCLG
  • Maikol Porras Morales, Mayor of the Sarchi, Costa Rica
  • Joana Balsemão, City Council, Cascais, Portugal
  • Gertrude Rose Gamwera Aijuka, Secretary-General, East Africa Local Governments Association (EALGA)
  • Carla Rey, Secretary-General, AICCRE


A special event featuring UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner and other high-level speakers discussing how to tackle the global cost-of-living crisis. Organized by UNDP.

  • Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator
  • Betty C Maina, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, Republic of Kenya
  • Isabel Saint Malo, Former Vice President and Foreign Minister, Republic of Panama
  • Marcel Spătari, Minister of Labor and Social Protection, Republic of Moldova


A discussion on the relationship between the SDGs in review and the innovative actions taken by local and regional governments for their implementation, to bring awareness to the progress made and conclusions found in reporting processes such as the VLRs and VSRs, and to foster multilevel governance and partnership among different spheres of government, the international community and other stakeholders within the Decade of Action for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. More information. Organized by UNDESA, UN-Habitat, Local 2030, UNDP and the Global Taskforce of local and regional governments.

  • Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN‐Habitat
  • Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP
  • Lotta Tahtinen, Chief, Outreach and Partnership Branch, UN DESA/DSDG
  • Emilia Saiz, Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
  • Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, UN DESA
  • Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director of Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP
  • Lucy Slack, Secretary-General, Commonwealth Local Government Forum
  • Ingolf Dietrich, Commissioner for the Sustainable Development Goals, Federal Ministry for Development and Economic Cooperation, Germany
  • and around 40 Mayors, Governors and representatives from local governments, the UN, partners and Member States


Civil Society Day at HLPF! Hear about the Global Week to #Act4SDGs and how to scale up action ahead of the mobilization taking place on 16–25 September 2022. Organized by UNF, Action4SD, GCAP, Forus and co-sponsored by the Government of Denmark and Government of the Republic of Costa Rica.

Speakers include:

  • Collen Vixen Kelapile, President of ECOSOC and Permanent Representative of Botswana to the United Nations
  • Thilmeeza Hussain, Permanent Representative, Republic of Maldives to the United Nations
  • Maritza Chan Valverde, Deputy Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations
  • Ulrika Modéer, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP
  • Kizito Byenkya, Director of Campaigns, Open Society Foundations
  • Anand Kantaria, Lead for Global Advocacy, UN SDG Action Campaign
  • Paul Divakar, GCAP


A discussion on local efforts and good practices that can serve as inspiration and models for others, featuring experiences from civil society organizations, local activists and key organizations working on the areas of education, gender equality, biodiversity and partnerships. The panelists will also explore the holistic nature of the 2030 Agenda to ensure that we learn the lessons of the pandemic to ensure harmony between people and the planet. Organized by the NGO Major Group.

  • Welcome: Oli Henman, Global Coordinator, Action 4 Sustainable Development and OP NGO MG
  • Keynote: Ulrika Modéer, Assistant Secretary General and Director of Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP
  • Barbara Williams, Author and Publisher of “Saving Us From Ourselves”
  • Pamela Cruz, MY World Mexico
  • Sara Dousse, Executive Director, International Water Secretariat
  • Harrison Ajebe Nnoko Ngaaje, Executive President, AJESH
  • Pei F. Su, Executive Officer, ACTAsia


Lessons on how catalyzing the power, capacities and reach of national and local actors can make development co-operation more effective. This event is part of the road to the 2022 Effective Development Co-operation Summit which will take place 12–14 December in Geneva (hybrid). Organized by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation.

  • Moderator: Ian Mitchell, Co-Director, Europe & Senior Policy Fellow Centre for Global Development
  • Welcome: Farid Aziz, Wing Chief, Development Effectiveness Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh
  • Opening Remarks: Paul Tasong Njukang, Minister Delegate, Ministry of Economy, Planning and Land Planning, Cameroon
  • Dr. Walton Webson, Chair of Alliance of Small Island States
  • Michele Sumilas, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Policy, Planning & Learning, USAID
  • Nadya Hernández, Programmes Director, WINGS
  • Dr. Josephine Joseph, Focal Point (India Chapter), CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness
  • Monica Nyiraguhabwa, Founder & Executive Director, Girl Up Uganda
  • United Cities & Local Governments (UCLG)




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