2020 High Level Political Forum for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda

Publication date

Jul 23, 2020

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This year's High Level Political Forum highlighted that migration, and the way it is managed, will be a decisive factor in accelerating our progress toward the Global Goals during the Decade of Action.


The 8th High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development was held from Tuesday, 7 July 2020, to Thursday, 16 July 2020, under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council. The HLPF annual meeting is the core United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Under the theme this year of "Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development", delegates discussed the impact of COVID-19 on SDG achievement, participants debated where we stand on the SDGs in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. They reflected on how the international community can respond to the pandemic in a way that puts us back on track to achieve the SDGs and accelerate progress during the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) contributed to the HLPF in a variety of ways, outlining key messages and priorities for the Decade of Action in the IOM input to the HLPF 2020 – Accelerated Action and Transformative Pathways: Realizing the Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development

The HLPF made clear that well-managed migration can be both a development strategy and a development outcome. With over 272 million international migrants and over 70.8 million forcibly displaced people across the globe in 20192 – and many more people on the move within countries – how we choose to address migration and displacement will be a decisive factor in our achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In its brief, IOM has identified several key policies and measures to ensure accelerated action and transformative pathways for realizing the Decade of Action, selected recommendations for accelerated progress, and key entry points for migration to be realized as an accelerator to achieve the SDGs.

Additionally, the UN Secretary-General’s synthesis report, drawing on IOM’s institutional input to the HLPF, emphasized that effective migration policies and programs are more likely to emerge from whole-of-government and whole-of-society frameworks and processes that involve other elements of society in active partnership. The report also highlighted that mainstreaming migration into policy planning should be a cross-sectoral effort, involving health, education, employment, justice, urban planning and national security as well as development planning.

For more information on the role of migration in achieving the 2030 Agenda, watch the IOM Director General's statement here.

For more information about the HLPF 2020, access the website here.