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WBU CEO Recommendations on HLPF Reviews

Today the Chief Executive Officer of the WBU and Representative of UN Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Jose Viera, spoke at United Nations Major groups and other stakeholders of persons with disabilities ​event in New York ahead of the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF 2019). 
Mr. Viera gave the following recommendations with regard to HLPF reviews:
  • The HLPF must “provide political leadership, recommendations and guidelines”, through global governance and public sector leadership to solve some of the biggest global issues, particularly those of a more systemic nature, such as illicit financial flows, international financial system, hunger, etc.;
  • Prioritize dilemmas and trade-offs among goals, as well as spill-over effects of policies at global and national levels; countries are good at acknowledging synergies, but it is important to address the tensions and avoid trade-offs - this is also key for supporting other countries;
  • Encourage inter-regional and cross-regional dialogue and exchange with the effective participation of Major groups and other stakeholders (MGoS);
  • Prioritize cross-cutting issues and interlinkages among the Goals;
  • Enrich the dialogue with Special Rapporteurs and members of Expert Committees of Treaty Bodies to ensure alignment to human rights obligations and commitments;
  • Use indicators, data and evidence to support all dialogues, assessments and analyses including those coming from Human Rights bodies; 
  • Build on regional dialogues to allow for peer learning;
  • Produce a Ministerial Declaration after the HLPF that is not pre-negotiated, but that reflects the actual dialogues of the HLPF and contains concrete recommendations and action points which can be followed up on at the next HLPF; 
  • Operationalize the principles ‘leave no one behind’ and ‘reach the furthest behind first’ through concrete policies, measures, programmes and budget allocation;
  • Assessment should be made of the format of HLPF discussions, including the effectiveness of panels, in terms of feeding into recommendations that can and should be made by the HLPF.
Mr. Viera speaking ahead of HLPF 2019

On Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) , Mr. Viera observed that Member States are now producing higher quality reports, which are better-informed by data, address the full set of SDGs in a number of cases and focus more attention on interlinkages among goals. However, follow-up processes at the national and regional levels should be put in place and strongly encouraged.

He further recommended that VNRs should use data and be evidence-based, while also acknowledging data gaps that often reflect structural discrimination. In addition, citizen-generated data needs to be taken into account with the provision of proper guidance to ensure it enhances and complements national institutions efforts; HLPF should consider compiling action-oriented recommendations for VNR countries which should be followed up on; while MGoS (Major groups and other stakeholders) should be allowed to submit key recommendations in writing after each Voluntary National Review panel and these should be posted on the UN’s website.

The CEO also recommended that Regional processes must be strengthened to ensure adequate participation of MGoS; there should be opportunities for regional fora to review VNRs; there should be better collaboration and coordination of MGoS at the national level to ensure participation in HLPF of representatives from grassroots organizations, people’s movements, and individuals who have been left behind; among other recommendations.

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