This year’s Parliamentary Forum at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) took place virtually on Monday, 12 July, from 9 am to 11 am (New York Time).
The HLPF is the United Nation’s main hub to track the implementation of the landmark Sustainable Development Goals - the world’s most ambitious agenda to overcome poverty and inequality while preserving the sustainability of life on our finite planet.
The need to build back better is as evident today as it was at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other IPU meetings this year have focused on specific policy issues (health, gender equality, food systems, etc). This year’s Parliamentary Forum entitled Message from the pandemic: Bring “government” back looked at the “big picture”, namely, the role of government versus that of the marketplace in the drive toward the SDGs.
The Forum provided a critical perspective on the role of public policy and of the public sector in managing the economy and in responding to people’s needs.