Since the unanimous adoption of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the cornerstone of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, governments, the private sector and civil society are quickly moving to take the action that we need to end poverty, address inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030.
To mark the first year anniversary, a number of high-level events and side events are taking place from 19 to 23 September.
Heads of State and Government, joined by leaders from the private sector, civil society organisations, academia and senior UN officials
Key intergovernmental events plus dozens of other meetings and side events by governments, UN agencies and leaders from civil society, foundations and the private sector will raise awareness around many issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals. Please note all events listed below are subject to change.
19-23 September 2016, with more events occurring before and after
United Nations Headquarters (and surrounding venues)
High-level events will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org/
Next page for information on events and their contacts
5 September, 2016
Last year, many of you were in New York to celebrate the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a universal, integrated and transformative plan of action for peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.
To achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we need change in our economies, in our societies, and in our relationship with the environment.
We need balanced, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
As we increase our economic activity through innovation and structural reform, we must dramatically reduce our environmental footprint.
We must address the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable first, and make sure we leave no one behind.
4 September 2016
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the media,
I am very pleased to participate in this G20 Summit meeting in Hangzhou and this morning, I would like to share some thoughts of mine, and the United Nations concerns, which may be your concerns, international concerns.
This is my eleventh G20 Summit as Secretary-General of the United Nations. As you may know, this is one of the few last months for me as Secretary-General of the United Nations. My mandate ends 31 December, so this is will be my last G20 Summit meeting.
Ladies and gentlemen, first of all, I would like to begin by congratulating President Xi Jinping and Chinese people and Government for successfully hosting and wonderfully organizing this G20 Summit meeting and I welcome the Summit’s focus on the Sustainable Development Goals – our new framework to advance peace and prosperity for all of us and for a healthy planet.
I continue to urge all countries to align their national policies, socio-economic policies, programmes and investment behind these Sustainable Development Goals.
26 August, 2016
Bangkok (ESCAP News) — Asia-Pacific policymakers and statisticians convened at a United Nations conference in Bangkok this week to improve statistics for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires governments to develop statistics that can support integrated planning and analysis across economic, social and environmental development pillars. Meeting this new challenge requires transformative change in national statistical systems – the region’s traditional producers of official statistics.
In response, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) organized a three-day conference from 24 to 26 August, to outline the region’s aspirations in a collective vision and framework for action aimed at advancing official statistics for the 2030 Agenda.
New York, 1 August – The United Kingdom, followed by Australia and the Republic of Korea, lead the world in providing government services and information through the Internet, according to a new survey released today by the United Nations showing the progress of nations in promoting e-government.
The 2016 UN E-Government Survey provides new evidence that e-government has the potential to help support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). The Survey finds that e-government is an effective tool for facilitating integrated policies and public service by promoting accountable and transparent institutions through open data and e-participation and participatory decision-making as well as by advancing online services to bridge the digital divides.
14 July 2016 Press Release No: G/36/2016
New York (ESCAP News) — The experiences and challenges of Asia-Pacific’s countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be emphasized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in high-level side events held alongside the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and the fifth biennial meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) in New York next week.
Convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) the HLPF ministerial segment held from 18-20 July is the essential global forum for providing political leadership, guidance and recommendations on implementing the 2030 Agenda. The DCF held from 21-22 July will review the latest international development cooperation trends, bringing together policymakers, civil society organizations and private foundations.