The HLPF is mandated to provide political leadership and guidance; to address new and emerging sustainable development challenges; and to enhance the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. In that regard, the HLPF is an important forum to bring together the input and expertise from a wide range of stakeholders from civil society organisations to enterprises and academia. It also incorporates the expertise of the UN agencies and programmes from the economic, social and environmental field, all working on sustainable development.
The HLPF plays a key role in monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals, agreed at the UN summit in September 2015. HLPF receives reports from various international organisations, processes, platforms and other sources.
The HLPF replaces the Commission for Sustainable Development, which was a functional Commission under the UN Economic and Social Council.
The HLPF meets every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the UN General Assembly and every year under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).