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United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015

25-27 September 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Saturday, 26 September 2015

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
(Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 The UN Sustainable Development Summit continued on Saturday, 26 September 2015. Heads of State and Government and other dignitaries addressed the plenary all day and into the evening. Speakers noted the accomplishments as well as the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals, including their uneven achievement across the world. They urged building on this experience to enhance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Many speakers stressed the need to engage with actors at the national level, especially youth, to ensure country ownership for implementation.

Plenary speakers also stressed the need to agree on a durable and ambitious climate change agreement in Paris this December. Others highlighted the crosscutting influence of climate change on achieving sustainable development outcomes.

Interactive dialogues on “Fostering Sustainable Economic Growth, Transformation and Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production” and “Delivering on a Revitalized Global Partnership” took place in the morning and afternoon.

Many side events convened in and around the conference venue, including the UN Global Compact’s Private Sector Forum, and events promoting stakeholder engagement in implementing the SDGs, and ensuring accountability, organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Switzerland, respectively. The day was capped off for many at an evening concert, the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, where cultural icons, artists and policy makers educated and entertained the audience about the “Global Goals.”

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Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China (Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus
(Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Baron Divavesi Waqa, President of the Republic of Nauru
(Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Prince Albert II of Monaco (Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique
(Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah of Brunei Darussalam (Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Park Geun-Hye, President of the Republic of Korea
(Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Raúl Castro Ruz, President of Cuba (Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Béatrice Atallah, Foreign Minister of Madagascar
(Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe)

The interactive dialogue on “Fostering sustainable economic growth, transformation and promoting sustainable consumption
and production” convened on Saturday morning, co-chaired by Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium,
and Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh (Credit: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard)

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, joined the dialogue on Fostering Sustainable Economic Growth, Transformation and Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Protection, where he highlighted that the internet is the essential driver of social and economic progress of our time.
(Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten)

The interactive dialogue on “Delivering on a revitalized global partnership,” convened Saturday afternoon,
co-chaired by Macky Sall, President of Senegal, and Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of Turkey

Puan Maharani, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs, Indonesia,
addresses the interactive dialogue on global partnerships.

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