SDG SUMMIT, 24 - 25 September 2019, NEW YORK

High-level Political Forum (HLPF) under the 74th Session of the General Assembly
Accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

On 24 and 25 September 2019, Heads of State and Government will gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to follow up and comprehensively review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event is the first UN summit on the SDGs since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015.

The SDGs... Turning Promises into Reality

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals are our collective response to building a fair globalization

António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General



The 2030 Agenda is the plan of action for people, planet and prosperity


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Background

Recognizing the importance of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development to drive economic prosperity and social well-being while protecting the environment, and which encompasses the widely familiar 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), countries established a new platform--the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)--to boost efforts to achieve the goals.

The HLPF meets every year, in early July, bringing representatives of governments, businesses and civil society together to review progress, examine obstacles, exchange best practices, and recommend new actions to achieve the goals.  Countries also agreed (resolutions 67/290 and 70/299) that every fourth year, the HLPF will meet under the auspices of the General Assembly at the level of Heads of State and Government. 2019 will mark the first HLPF meeting at the leader level on 24 September (afternoon) and 25 September, to follow up and review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs.

The United Nations SDG Summit will be chaired by the President of the General Assembly and will also result in a concise negotiated political declaration.

Since the 2030 Agenda was adopted, governments, businesses, and citizen organizations have moved to embrace the SDGs and have used the goals and the centerpiece of their development plans. The SDG Summit will also seek to mobilize further support for action to achieve the SDGs and will encourage voluntary commitments by governments and all stakeholders to accelerate action.

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Preparation

Before the SDG Summit, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will hold its annual meeting under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) from 9 to 18 July 2019, including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from 16 to 18 July 2019. The theme will be "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality ". Click here for more information .

The General Assembly decided in its resolution 70/299 that the meetings of HLPF under the auspices of the General Assembly at the level of Heads of State and Government, and those under the auspices of the ECOSOC shall be closely coordinated to ensure coherence and provide for mutually reinforcing linkages.

The preparations for HLPF 2019 at the national, regional and global levels include the voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of Member States, the inputs of intergovernmental bodies and forums and stakeholders to HLPF, the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), the Report of the Secretary-General on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, and other reports to be prepared by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the UN system. Regional Forums on Sustainable Development will also discuss preparations for the summit.

The President of the General Assembly has appointed H.E. Ms. Sheila Gweneth Carey, Permanent Representative of Bahamas to the United Nations, and H.E. Mr. Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations, as co-facilitators to consult with Member States in an open, inclusive and transparent manner with a view to producing a Political Declaration for HLPF 2019.

The Secretary-General has created a UN system HLPF Task Team to contribute to the substantive preparations of the summit.

Engagement of Stakeholders

The major groups and other stakeholders (MGoS) were integral to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and now play a critical role in its implementation. MGoS' contributions to implementation have been highlighted through their active participation in the annual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and its preparations.

The major groups and other stakeholders include non-governmental and non-profit organisations, business and industry, and local authorities, among others. In accordance with General Assembly resolution 67/290, the HLPF is open to the major groups, other relevant stakeholders and entities having received a standing invitation to participate as observers in the General Assembly, building on arrangements and practices observed by the Commission on Sustainable Development, including Economic and Social Council decision 1993/215 of 12 February 1993 and Council resolution 1996/31 of 25 July 1996, which shall be applicable to the forum.

The major groups and other stakeholders will play an important role in the SDG Summit to further advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs.

More information on the engagement of the major groups and other stakeholders in the summit is coming soon.

SDG Summit & HLPF Political Declaration- Share your input!

Collection of inputs by Major groups and all other stakeholders

On 24 and 25 September 2019, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will meet at summit level under the auspices of the General Assembly to review the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The General Assembly decided in 2013 that the meeting will result in a concise negotiated political declaration to be submitted for the consideration of the Assembly.

In this regard, the President of the General Assembly has appointed H.E. Ms. Sheila Gweneth Carey, Permanent Representative of the Bahamas, and H.E. Mr. Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative of Sweden, to conduct open, inclusive and transparent consultations on the political declaration.

The President of the General Assembly has also appointed H.E. Mr. Rubén Armando Escalante Hasbún, Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations, to facilitate informal consultations about the organization of the activities of the forum. Upon his report, the President will decide on the format and organization of the SDG Summit.

In order to make the consultations on both the organization of the activities of the forum and on the political declaration as inclusive as possible, and to profit from the knowledge, expertise and experience of a broad range of stakeholders, this platform is open for stakeholders to share their comments, reflections and suggestions on the format of the SDG Summit and its outcomes.

The questions below are provided to help guide the contributions of stakeholders and will be summarized and brought to the attention of the above-mentioned co-facilitators.

While making suggestions, stakeholders are invited to bear in mind that the SDG Summit will last only for 9 hours and that the political declaration needs to be concise and appropriate for the Heads of State and Government to adopt.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 31st May 2019

Add your inputs here: https://forms.gle/1jdHseWdGFXiiLkW9

All responses will be made available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1o8W3P4Yp3vPnuWqaXSNjZ2sFqC-sm7sP1D1v8qUx27c/edit?usp=sharing

Questions and Answers

Q: What will be the focus of the 2019 September High-level Political Forum – UN SDG Summit?

The 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, have been embraced by governments, businesses and community groups around the world as the organizing principle for their efforts to end poverty, promote prosperity, better education health and jobs—while protecting the environment.

The SDG Summit in September 2019 will provide the first opportunity by world leaders to assess progress so far and provide leadership and guidance on the way forward that would help accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs.

The Summit—actually the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development meeting under UN General Assembly auspices—is mandated to take place every four years at the beginning of the UN General Assembly session and are intended to be a platform where together the international community could pause and look back at areas where progress is insufficient to meet the Goals on time and what can be done to catalyze it. Areas where progress has been made will be identified and actions needed for scaling up will be considered.

It is also a moment for the world to come together to accelerate commitments to actions that will respond to the urgency of climate change and the need to pursue the fair and just path forward articulated by the SDGs and ensure that no one is left behind.

Q: Why is the UN SDG Summit important?

The adoption of the SDGs has mobilized global—and local—action.  But far more is needed to achieve the Goals. The Summit provides an opportunity to ramp up international commitment to the 2030 Agenda, showcase areas of global progress towards the SDGs, and raise awareness on the importance of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs globally. The Summit will also help leverage progress in key areas to kick-start an acceleration process.

In addition, the Summit will allow participants to share their experiences and best practices and provide access to tools that can accelerate action on this integrated and holistic approach to sustainable development.

The Summit will also call on all countries and actors, including local authorities, the private sector, foundations and philanthropic organizations to pledge new voluntary commitments on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs and will help build partnerships to further achievement at all levels. It will also engage “SDG Champions.”

A range of events that complement the Summit will enhance global attention and action towards the implementation of the SDGs. These will include side events and special events in the margins of the Summit as well as meetings of civil society organizations. To raise awareness, media, including social media tools, will be mobilized, and an SDG media zone will be established. Exhibitions will be used for sharing information and advocacy for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs during the Summit.

Q: Where, when and how will the UN SDG Summit happen?

The UN SDG Summit will take place in the afternoon of 24 September and 25 September 2019 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.   The Summit will be at the Heads of State and Heads of Government level, and the Chair of the Summit will be the President of the 74th session of the General Assembly.

The UN SDG Summit will be one of five high-level events taking place in September 2019, along with the 2019 Climate Summit, the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development, and the High-Level Review of the SAMOA Pathway. These events will show how the world is mobilizing to increase climate action and action to achieve sustainable development, including side events, special events and exhibitions on implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs.

Q: What will be the outcome of the UN SDG Summit?

The SDG Summit will result in renewed and accelerated action to achieve the SDGs. It will result in a Political Declaration of Heads of State and Government that provides political guidance how to step up the pace of implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. The co-facilitators, who will lead the negotiations for the Political Declaration, are H.E. Ms. Sheila Gweneth Carey, Permanent Representative of Bahamas to the United Nations, and H.E. Mr. Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations

The Summit will also mobilize voluntary Commitments for the implementation of SDGs, and these will  be announced at the Summit and online in advance of the meeting.

Q: What is sustainable development?

Simply put, sustainable development is about improving the lives of people everywhere while protecting our natural environment.   

Poverty eradication, changing unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, addressing climate change while protecting and managing the natural resource base of economic and social development are overarching objectives of sustainable development.

Sustainable development seeks to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable development calls for concerted efforts towards building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for people and planet.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders in September 2015, is the plan of action for people, planet and prosperity and aims to transform our world. The 2030 Agenda calls for the integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development--social, economic, and environmental--since a holistic and balanced approach that incorporates these three dimensions is essential for ending poverty, reducing inequalities and combatting climate change in order to achieve sustainable development.

It applies to all countries and aims to improve people’s lives and prosperity on a healthy planet, through partnership and peace. All countries, cities and multiple actors of the business sector and civil society are actively engaged in implementing the Agenda and pursuing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDG Summit aims to demonstrate that inclusive multilateralism, through the reaffirmation of the 2030 Agenda and the revitalization of the United Nation’s role in linking peace and security, human rights and development, continues to provide the best path forward to provide global solutions to our common challenges, promote prosperity for all and endeavor to leave no one behind.

Programme

The SDG Summit will be convened on Tuesday, 24 September (afternoon) and Wednesday, 25 September 2019 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The programme will be coming soon.

Outcomes

The General Assembly in its resolution 70/299 decided that the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) shall have only one negotiated Political Declaration, covering the different and complementary functions of both sessions of the forum under the auspices of the General Assembly and the Summit, and the forum under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) when the forum is convened twice in the same year.

Responding to the above mandate, the President of the General Assembly has appointed H.E. Ms. Sheila Gweneth Carey, Permanent Representative of Bahamas to the United Nations, and H.E. Mr. Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations, as co-facilitators to consult with Member States in an open, inclusive and transparent manner with a view to producing a Political Declaration for HLPF 2019.

In addition, the SDG Summit will also encourage governments and all stakeholders to make acceleration actions in support of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals and to register their commitments through a dedicated online form.

You can register an Acceleration Action for the SDG Summit here.

Documentation

Information and Registration

The General Assembly in its resolution 67/290 decided that that all meetings of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) shall provide for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies.

The General Assembly in the same resolution also decided that while retaining the intergovernmental nature of discussions, the forum shall be open to the major groups, other relevant stakeholders and entities having received a standing invitation to participate as observers in the General Assembly, building on arrangements and practices observed by the Commission on Sustainable Development, including Economic and Social Council decision 1993/215 of 12 February 1993 and Council resolution 1996/31 of 25 July 1996, which shall be applicable to the forum.

More information on registration and logistical arrangements for the summit are coming soon.

Special Events

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and its partner agencies and organisations are planning several high-level special events to complement the summit. These include the SDG Business Forum, the the Local and Regional Governments Forum and an event with civil society.

More information is coming soon.