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High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

21 April 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York

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High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
A view of the UN headquarters, venue of the High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

A view of the UN headquarters, venue of the
High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals


In September 2015, world leaders at Sustainable Development Summit adopted a new sustainable development agenda for the next fifteen years: “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” This global agenda comprises several elements: a preamble; a declaration; 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets; means of implementation and a new global partnership; and a framework for follow-up and review of implementation.

A major priority of the 70th President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft (Denmark),is to support prompt and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Given the framework of the 2030 Agenda and its interlinkages with the Paris Climate Agreement, which was adopted in December 2015 in Paris and will be signed in New York on 22 April 2016, the President of the General Assembly will convene a High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals on 21 April 2016.

This event is aimed to increase international awareness and political momentum around the implementation of the SDGs. It will bring together global political, business and civil society leaders in New York to focus on kick-starting SDG implementation. It will also be a unique opportunity to address the synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided web coverage from the High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, IISD Reporting Services, has published a briefing note from the debate in HTML and PDF formats.
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