United Nations, Sep 22: The SDG Summit on 24-25 September will be the first of its kind since the adoption of the landmark 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Featuring six Leaders Dialogues, the event is expected to result in a Political Declaration, along with a series of SDG acceleration actions, to be announced by various international actors.
For world leaders coming to New York, they will be able to get a first-hand look at what the UN is doing on the ground to help realise the global goals through the video exhibit “SDG Good Practices and Actions for a Decade of Delivery”.
The evidence is clear. The world must step up efforts to conquer the dire and unprecedented challenges humanity is currently facing. There is no doubt, we must act now and set course towards a sustainable future that involves everyone. The good news is, we have the tools to make this happen. They consist of 17 transformative Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all 193 UN Member States in 2015. Four years on, time has come to evaluate where we stand, and what is needed to make progress on this promise to present and future generations.
The voices for global action are many ahead of the SDG Summit and other high-level events taking place during the UN high-level week.
“The people of the world do not want half measures or empty promises,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said. “They are demanding transformative change that is fair and sustainable. Let us use the world gathering in September to ratchet up the ambition and highlight the imperative of inclusion. And, together, let us kickstart a decade of delivery and action for people and planet.”
The SDG Summit, starting next week, will try to answer fundamental questions about the future of our planet and its people.
Informing these discussions will be the Global Sustainable Development Report, compiled by a team of 15 independent scientists supported by UN DESA.
Issued on 11 September 2019, the report found that the current worldwide development model is threatening to reverse years of progress towards Sustainable Development Goals. Worsening inequalities and potentially irreversible damage to the natural environment, on which we all depend, demands concerted action, the report says.
“Achieving human well-being and eradicating poverty for all of the Earth’s people—expected to number 8.5 billion by 2030—is still possible,” the scientists stressed, “but only if there is a fundamental—and urgent—change in the relationship between people and nature.”
The report, entitled “The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development,” argues that understanding the interconnections between the individual SDGs and the concrete systems that define society today will be essential to devise policies that manage difficult trade-offs.
As the world gears up for a week of action for people and planet, UN DESA staff are working round the clock to bring the global community together for three important high-level events – the SDG Summit (24-25 September), the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (26 September) and the SAMOA Pathway High-level Mid-term Review (27 September).
Our world is facing mounting challenges that no one country can face alone. By connecting global policies and national action in the economic, social and environmental areas, UN DESA works with nations across the globe to find solutions to many of the world’s most pressing problems. Guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Department helps countries in their efforts to achieve sustainable development for all. (UNI)