Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) will present Finland’s agenda in sustainable development at a high-level virtual meeting.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) will speak about sustainable reconstruction in her opening speech at the UN's High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on Tuesday. Photograph: Lauri Heikkinen/The Finnish government
Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) will speak about sustainable reconstruction in her opening speech at the UN’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on Tuesday. Photograph: Lauri Heikkinen/The Finnish government

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) is one of the speakers at the opening session of the United Nations annual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on Tuesday. The meeting, like so many other meetings, will be arranged virtually. Its agenda is to review the global progress in sustainable development for the following ten years.

The focus, according to a government press release, is on the effects of the Covid-19 crisis in achieving the objectives of sustainable reconstruction. Finland emphasizes the importance of sustainable recovery after the crisis.

In addition to the opening speech, Prime Minister Marin will present Finland’s 2030 Agenda Voluntary National Review to the UN. This is the second time Finland is publishing a national review. Finland last reported to the UN in 2016.

The report focuses on assessing Finland’s progress towards each of the 17 sustainable development goals. The assessment was carried out jointly by the government authorities and more than 50 organizations.

Finland enjoys a good reputation as a leader in the planning and administration of a national implementation policy for sustainable development, and in broad-based cooperation with the civil society. The national review was also produced with extensive participation from Finnish society. Various parties contributed to the report, including representatives from industry, civil society, cities and regions, the scientific community and youth.

The annual HLPF (July 7–16) is the most significant global follow-up forum on sustainable development. Its attendees include a wide variety of representatives of civil society organizations and national and international institutions.