• English

Please find here the preliminary programme in English, Russian  and French.

H.E. Ogerta Manastirliu

Chair of the Regional Forum

Amina J. Mohammed

UN Deputy Secretary-General

Olga Algayerova 

Executive Secretary UNECE 

Michael Møller

Director-General UNOG 


Liu Zhenmin

Under-Secretary-General UN DESA 


Mirjana Spoljaric Egger

Chair of the Regional UNSDG Team


Eeva Furman

Director Environmental Policy Centre, SYKE

Nadia Isler

Director SDG Lab UNOG


Two focus events on cutting-edge topics took place in the plenary room:

The peer learning round tables focused on the implementation of the following five SDGs under in-depth review at the 2019 High-level Political Forum.

First set of round tables                          (22 March, 10:00-11:25)Second set of round tables                      (22 March, 11:35-13:00)
Learning without Limits: Lifelong Learning and Inclusive EducationThe Power of Knowledge for Change: Education and Learning as Drivers of Sustainable Development 
The Growth We Want: Solutions for Sustained, Inclusive and Sustainable Economic GrowthThe Future of Work: Productive Employment and Decent Work for All
Bridging the Gap: Achieving Greater Income and Economic EqualityTowards a World of Equal Opportunity:  Tackling inequality caused by exclusion and discrimination
Acting for Climate: Stepping Up Climate Change Policies, Action and Awareness in the RegionCoping with Climate Change: Strengthening Resilience and Adaptation
Strengthening Institutions for Change: Fostering Effective and Inclusive Governance for Sustainable Development Empowering People to Protect the Planet:  The Environmental Dimension of SDG 16

Governments and other stakeholders were asked to provide case studies from their national experience in implementing the five SDGs, which framed the discussions at peer learning round tables. The compilation of all case studies is available here.


Please find here the report of the meeting (EN, FR, RU) including the Chair’s summary of the discussions. In its final version, the report will become part of the official documentation of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (9-18 July 2019, New York).

How are we progressing on the SDGs? The SDG Snapshot Report provides on overview of some aspects of SDG performance in the UNECE region.

Who attended the Regional Forum 2019? Please have a look at the list of participants.

All the essentials on logistics are summed up in our guide for participants.

Provisional AgendaPDFPDFPDF



Chair of the Regional Forum: H.E. Ms. Ogerta ManastirliuOpening Statement
UN Deputy Secretary-General: Amina J. MohammedSpecial Address
UNECE Executive Secretary: Olga AlgayerovaOpening Statement
Chair of the Regional UNSDG Team for Europe and Central Asia: Mirjana Spoljaric EggerOpening Statement
Director of the Environmental Policy Centre at the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE: Eeva FurmanKeynote Address
Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva: Michael MøllerClosing Statement
UNECE Executive Secretary: Olga AlgayerovaClosing Statement



Member StateStatement
ArmeniaStatement High-level Policy Segment
BelarusStatement High-level Dialogue on Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) (Russian)
GermanyStatement High-level Policy Segment
IsraelStatement High-level Policy Segment
SwitzerlandStatement High-level Policy Segment



Civil Society OrganizationsOpening statement
Civil Society OrganizationsClosing statement
Youth representative (European Youth Forum)Reporting back
Council of EuropeStatement
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)Statement
Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)Statement

Please find here a note on the Evaluation Survey of the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region for 2019.


Thursday, 21 March 2019, 13:00-14:30

Friday, 22 March 2019, 8:30-9:45am

Friday, 22 March 2019, 13:15-14:30

21-22 March 2019

Civil Society Pre-Meeting (20 March 2019, Palais des Nations)   

The Regional Forum was preceded by a civil society pre-meeting; please find the agenda here. Further information is available online.

Youth Pre-Meeting (21 March 2019, International Conference Centre Geneva)

For the first time, a pre-meeting for and by young people was held ahead of the Regional Forum. Please find further information in the agenda.

Regional Consultation on the Plan of Action for Integrating Volunteerism into the 2030 Agenda (21 March 2019, International Conference Centre Geneva)

Led by UN Volunteers (UNV), this consultation engaged member states, UN bodies and other stakeholders in highlighting regional perspectives on volunteerism in the region. Key findings from the Regional Synthesis Report on Volunteerism were presented and discussed with participants during the event.

Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2019 VNR countries (20 March 2019, Palais des Nations)

UN DESA organized a Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 12 countries of the UNECE region undertaking Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) in 2019. The meeting took place on 20 March 2019 at the Palais des Nations; participation upon invitation by UN DESA.

Back-to-back Meeting

Pan-European Regional Workshop on Sustainable Public Procurement (19-20th of March 2019, Palais des Nations)

Building on existing national activities, this first regional workshop facilitated the exchange of good practices and lessons learned in developing and implementing Sustainable Public Procurement policies and practices. Please find the further information here.