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High Level Political Forum 2018



The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 – 18 July 2018, also reviewed the progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular the following goals:

  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, that will be considered each year


A number of countries where members of the International Presentation Association (IPA) live and minister, presented their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). Ireland was one of the countries that presented their VNR. To read more about this please click here

Back L-R: Lynette Rodrigues, pbvm, Nifa Viegas, pbvm,
Helen Lenehan, pbvm, Veronica Brand, RSHM, Elsa Muttahu, pbvm
Jean Quinn, DSW Director UNANIMA International. Front L-R: Helen
Saldanha, SSPA VIVAT International, Shazia Lal, pbvm and Fr Edwin John.










Sisters Helen Lenehan (Philippines), Shazia Lal (Pakistan), Lynette Rodrigues (Africa) and Nifa Viegas (India) attended the forum and share their experiences with us:

Sr Helen Lenehan, pbvm

It was a wonderful experience being at the UN for the HLPF. I feel very privileged. I am conversant with the Universal Periodic Review but was ignorant on that the HLPF is. I thought that it was something for people like Sr Elsa Muttathu, who are so conversant with the workings of the UN. I learned that it was set up to monitor the SDGs when they were formulated in 2015, which are now in their fourth year. 

To read Sr Helen’s full account, please click here

Sr Lynette Rodrigues, pbvm

These two weeks have been a learning experience for me. Four of us participated with the NGOs and we had a good sense of collaboration. Each morning briefing gave an idea of what the process looked like which then gave us a chance to attend some of the preparatory groups. Side by side we were attending the opening ceremony, and other thematic sessions. By the end of the week, I was able to understand how the preparation is effective in the process of HLPF. 

To read Sr Lynette’s full account, please click here

Sr Lynette Rodrigues, pbvm at the HLPF 2018


Sr Nifa Viegas, pbvm

The orientation given prior to the HLPF on 8 July was helpful as it gave an idea of what HLPF is all about and how it fits into the 2030 Agenda. It is an evolution of the outcome of Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit. High Level Political Forum (HLPF) is the review mechanism for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals where the member states voluntarily report on the progress they have made. Civil society participation is through the major groups and other stakeholders who continuously worked with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affiars (UNDESA) and engaged with the civil society participants. The opening sessions were interesting and the speakers were very good. The statement made by on of the speakers, Professor Jeffrey Sachs was that we should aim at environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive development in society which looks for well

being of all its citizens. 

To read Sr Nifa’s full account, please click here

The Sisters taking part in their side event

Sr Shazia Lal Gill, pbvm

It was our great opportunity to participate at the High Level Political Forum at the UN. It helped me to know how the advocacy takes place at higher level and how we can share our grassroots work at the side event. We all reached New York on 7 July 2018. The next day we had an orientation of HLPF by Emilia and Stefano. This orientation was specially prepared by the coordinators of the NGOs major groups for new participants. To communicate and update us for all the details of the HLPF a WhatsApp group and google mail group were formed. This really helped me to know the process of the HLPF. 

Sisters Anne Codd, Elsa Muttathu and Ann Marie Quinn
with Minister Denis Naughten (Ireland) 

To read Sr Shazia’s full account, please click here

We, Presentation Sisters, support this forum. Our stance is that We add our voices to those who work for healthier eco-systems and a healthier planet, knowing that where Earth is most exploited, those made poor suffer most. (Our Way of Life, C8). 


To read more about the side event held by the Presentation Sisters at the UN, please click here