HLPF 2020

High-Level Political Forum 2020: Achieving SDG Target 8.7 and universal social protection in times of COVID-19

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) took place from 6-17 July 2020 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council under the overall theme "Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.

The HLPF plays a central role in the follow-up and review of the SDGs at the global level, including SDG Target 8.7. Alliance 8.7 organised a virtual side-event to the HLPF to launch the Pathfinder Countries’ e-reports and to showcase action taken towards achieving SDG Target 8.7, with a specific focus on action in the area of social protection in the context of COVID-19.

The event “Achieving SDG Target 8.7 and universal social protection in times of COVID-19” took place live on UNWebTV on Friday 10 July, from 8:00 – 9:00 am (EDT) and was sponsored by the Government of France and the Government of Argentina.

Here is the recording of the event:





The speakers were as follows:

Guy Ryder


ILO Director-General


Anousheh Karvar (video message)


Chair of Alliance 8.7


H.E. Ms Geannina Dinarte Romero


Minister of Labour and Social Security, Costa Rica


H.E. Ms Nguyen Thi Ha


Vice-Minister, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Vietnam


H.E. Ms Ergogie Tesfaye (video message)


Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Ethiopia


H.E. Mr Parveen Kumar Bala (video message)


Minister of Employment, Productivity, Industrial Relations, Youth and Sports, Fiji


Mr Ayuba Philibus Wabba


President, International Trade Union Confederation


Matthias Thorns


Deputy Secretary-General, IOE