ICOMOS at the HLPF 2018

Heritage UNHLPF 2018 Invite rev copy 1ICOMOS is actively involved in the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), being held at UN Headquarters in New York City from 9-18 July 2018, where the annual global review of progress on the SDGs will take place.

ICOMOS provided comments in April 2018 for the NGO Major Group’s Position Paper for the HLPF 2018, being a member of this cluster of stakeholders in the UN system.


ICOMOS is also coordinating a side event featured in the HLPF programme, titled ‘Heritage for Sustainability: Implementing SDG 11.4 through Local Voices and Global Agendas for Cultural & Natural Heritage’ taking place on 11 July 2018, at the Japan Society, New York City. This event is organized with the collaboration of United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Government of Ireland, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and American Planning Association (APA), with presentations by international and local stakeholders discussing the role of cultural and natural heritage within sustainable development. 

Side Events Programme, click here. 

Online registration page, click here.

ICOMOS members taking part in the official HLPF debates include SDG Task Force members Andrew Potts (US/ICOMOS, former SDG Focal Point, current Climate Change Working Group coordinator), Christer Gustafsson (ICOMOS Sweden, Secretary General of the ICOMOS Economic Committee, National Delegation of Sweden), Ege Yildirim (ICOMOS Turkey, current SDG Focal Point, National Delegation of Turkey) and Peter Cox (ICOMOS Ireland, president of ICOMOS International committee on Energy and sustainability (ISCES), National Delegation of Ireland), Jeff Soule (US/ICOMOS and Focal Point for the World Urban Campaign), Christopher Marrion (US/ICOMOS, ICOMOS International Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP)) and Donovan Rypkema (US/ICOMOS, ICOMOS International Committee on Historic Towns and Villages (CIVVIH)).