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 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 take place in the afternoon of 24 September and 25 September 2019 in New York and aims to provide leadership and reconfirm global consensus and commitments to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. HLPF meetings under UNGA auspices take place every four years at the beginning of the UNGA session.
- The SDG 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 and engage “SDG Champions.”
- In addition, the Summit will facilitate the sharing of experience and best practices and provide access to tools that can accelerate change.
- 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.
- Meaningful events that complement the Summit will enhance global attention and action towards the implementation of the SDGs. They will include side events and special events in the margins of the summit as well as a civil society meeting, media and social media engagement, such as the SDG media zone or press conferences and exhibitions at the United Nations during the Summit.
- The strengthening of 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 will also be a result of 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
- In addition, a Chair’s summary of the meeting will be prepared.
- Voluntary Commitments for the implementation of SDGs will also be announced at the summit and online in advance of the meeting.