The high-level political forum (HLPF) is the successor to the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which was brought into being after the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in 1992. From 24 September 2013, the HLPF is to continue the Commission’s work in following up with an international agenda for sustainable development not only by means of monitoring the progress in the implementation of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the Agenda 21, but also by giving advice and support to the realisation of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI).
While the HLPF builds upon the CSD’s participatory structure and inclusiveness in terms of stakeholder engagement it also aims to avoid organisational and procedural overlap within the United Nations framework. The forum was agreed upon as a compromise settlement between the proposition of a reformation of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and an inclusion of CSD issues therein and the demand for establishing an independent Sustainable Development Council.