The United Nations will gather in New York City on September 18th and 19th for the Sustainable Development Goals Summit 2023 as part of an effort to recommit the world to achieving the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This is only the second time the SDG Summit has been convened since the adoption of the 17 SDGs by Heads of State and Governments of all UN Member States in September 2015.
The UN SDGs are a collection of 17 interlinked goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The SDGs were set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly with the intention of achieving them by the year 2030. The SDGs were part of a larger resolution known as the 2030 Agenda, or Agenda 2030, ostensibly aimed at fighting climate change.
The UN says the SDG Summit will mark the halfway point to the deadline for Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. The Summit will also mark a “new phase of accelerated progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals with high-level political guidance on transformative and accelerated actions leading up to 2030”. The UN is hoping the Summit will “reignite a sense of hope, optimism, and enthusiasm for the 2030 Agenda”.
The UN has also stated that achieving the SDGs by 2030 will require “bold, ambitious, accelerated, and transformative actions are needed in key areas, anchored in international solidarity and effective cooperation at all levels”.
The Summit is being convened by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and will be attended by heads of state from the United States, Canada, Mexico, the UK, Japan, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Qatar, Senegal, Mozambique, and many other nations, as well as Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, the President of the World Bank, and other diplomatic officials.