HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM 2019 under the auspices of the General Assembly (SDG Summit)
Questions and Answers
Q: What is 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.
- Poverty eradication, changing unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, and protecting and managing the natural resource base of economic and social development are overarching objectives of and essential requirements for sustainable development.
- 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 addresses the integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development: the 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).
Q: What will the focus of the 2019 September High-level Political Forum – UN SDG Summit?
- The 2019 September High-level Political Forum (HLPF), under the auspices of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) – SDG Summit, will assess progress achieved so far since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015 and provide leadership and guidance on the way forward that would help accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs.
- HLPF meetings under UNGA auspices take place every four years at the beginning of the UNGA 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.
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 the 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 three high-level events taking place in September 2019, along with the 2019 Climate Summit and the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development. These events will be mutually reinforcing in identifying areas for action to accelerate the progress towards sustainable development.
- Side events, special events and exhibitions on implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs will be also organized on the margins of the Summit.
Q: Why is the UN SDG Summit important?
- The UN SDG Summit provides an opportunity to reinvigorate 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 facilitate the sharing of experience and best practices and provide access to tools that can accelerate change for pursuing an integrated approach of sustainable development.
- Also, the Summit provides a space for 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: What will be the outcome of the UN SDG Summit?
- A Political Declaration of Heads of State and Government giving political guidance how to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs will be adopted. 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
- Voluntary Commitments for the implementation of SDGs are encouraged to be announced at the Summit and online in advance of the meeting.
- The SDG Summit could demonstrate the benefits of an 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 and promoting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda as the international community seeks to provide global solutions to our common challenges, promote prosperity for all and endeavor to leave no one behind.