UN Summit on Sustainable Development Goals kick starts ambitious action
to deliver for people and the planet
New York, 24 September 2019 – Four years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and with efforts off track for meeting its objectives, world leaders today called for a decade of ambitious action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and announced actions they are taking to advance the agenda.
In the political declaration, “Gearing up for a decade of action and delivery for sustainable development,” unanimously adopted at the opening of the UN Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals, UN Member States pledged to mobilize financing, enhance national implementation and strengthen institutions to achieve the sustainable development objectives by the target date and leave no one behind.
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The global response to realizing poverty and environmental goals agreed by world leaders in 2015 has not been “ambitious enough” according to the UN Secretary-General.
In his latest report on the progress towards meeting the targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, the UN chief António Guterres said that while a “wealth of action” had been taken by governments across the world “the most vulnerable people and countries continue to suffer the most.” More
The UNIC Director was invited to speak at a Canberra Rotary Club meeting to talk about the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals. The talk was well received judging from the engaging questions that followed.
The presentation gave a broad outline of the structure and role of the Organization and then looked more deeply at the Sustainable Development Goals. The message given was that while Governments had a key role to play in implementing the Goals it was up to each of us individually, or through civil society organizations, such as Rotary, to play our part by living sustainably and advocating for strong leadership on the issue.
The Sustainable Development Explorer is a great tool launched by the United Nations University (UNU) for the global community. It is easy to use and it is free.
We spoke with Dr David Malone Rector of the UNU today while he was visiting Canberra.
He explained about the site, the ideas behind its creation, how we can use it for the benefit of local and international communities and the importance of free easy to access, well researched information .
Access the Explore site here
UNIC Canberra was invited to talk to students affiliated with the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University.
The Director gave an overview of the 2030 Agenda, why it is so important that we all engage with it and how the Sustainable Development Goals will help us to a better world.
Speaking about how the Goals can be implemented, he stressed the need for local engagement and action and the role that educational facilities and teachers can play in building awareness and inspiring action. The UN Association of Australia (UNAA) Queensland branch President and past President also spoke about their Association’s educational programmes.
Senior librarians from the Pacific region met in a one day summit to discuss how they could help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The session was introduced by the UNIC Canberra Director, Christopher Woodthorpe, who in his keynote gave an overview of the Sustainable Development Agenda and why it is so important for the future of the planet and how libraries could assist in reaching the Goals.
With speakers from a number of Pacific islands, New Zealand and Australia as well as others attending from a number of Asian states there was a strong regional focus.
The summit ended with a universal commitment to immediately start advocating and building awareness through the national, state and city library systems.
The UNIC Director met with year twelve students studying economics and politics to talk about development and the United Nations’s role in international affairs.
The interactive session covered an overview of the UN and its wider system and how the various parts work to resolve many of the world’s development issues.
Central to the discussion were the Sustainable Development Goals and how these were providing guidance to countries in meeting their development challenges.
The session went way beyond the allotted lunch hour as students posed a wide range of questions ranging from the work of different UN entities to how countries interact with the Organization.
It’s like a mini UN General Assembly for sustainable development. Starting this week, nearly 50 countries are voluntarily briefing the world about what they’ve done to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, and looking for ideas on what more they could do.
UN News’ Paulina Greer spoke to Irena Zubcevic, who is with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs(DESA), about the Voluntary National Reviews at the High-level Political Forum.
The UNIC Director visited Narrabundah College to meet with two classes of students studying international politics. The sessions included a presentation on the structure and work of the United Nations as well as a focus on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
The interactive sessions generated a wide range of questions from students, with many interested in the roles of countries at the UN, the functioning of the Security Council and the scope of the General Assembly’s work.
The students were also introduced to the SDGs and how they could individually contribute to reaching the Goals.