Further statements followed during a plenary session. The youth were scathing in their final assessment: “Leaders of the world, you made a bold commitment in 2015. But you are failing. We need a dramatic change of course in 2020. This is make or break for the planet.” A stirring rendering of spoken word by Ameer Brown reflected similar frustrations: “Those we look up to as masters of the masses/ have enslaved our every opinion/ Allowing us to drift from the problem and not fix it/ It’s a hard pill to swallow when we’re poverty stricken…”
Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Delegates gather for the second day of the SDG Summit.
Leaders Dialogue 2: Accelerating the Achievement of the SDGs - Critical Entry Points
President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, Costa Rica, and Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Iceland, moderated the 2nd Leaders Dialogue.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt
Prime Minister Duško Marković, Montenegro
President Julius Maada Bio, Sierra Leone
President Taneti Maamau, Kiribati
Qu Dongyu, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)
Leaders Dialogue 3: Measures to Leverage Progress Across the SDGs
View of the dais during the 3rd Leaders Dialogue: Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA); Prime Minister Gaston Browne, Antigua and Barbuda; President Sauli Niinistö, Finland; and Emer Herity, UN DESA.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kazakhstan
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Spain
Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Jamaica
Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda, Tajikistan
Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), speaking on behalf of the UN’s five regional commissions
Leaders Dialogue 4: Localizing the SDGs
View of the dais during the 4th Leaders Dialogue: Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General, UN DESA; Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh; President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, Croatia
King Mswati III, eSwatini
Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, Bhutan
Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Tri Rismaharini, Mayor of Surabaya, Indonesia
Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP)
Leaders Dialogue 5: Partnerships for Sustainable Development
The 5th Leaders Dialogue was moderated by President Sahle-Work Zewde, Ethiopia (center).
President Danny Faure, Seychelles
President Salome Zourabichvili, Georgia
Prime Minister Christian Ntsay, Madagascar
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Sweden
Prime Minister José Ulisses de Pina Correia e Silva, Cabo Verde
John Denton, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Leaders Dialogue 6: The 2020-2030 Vision
The 6th Leaders Dialogue was moderated by Carmelo Abela, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Malta, and Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, Vice President, Indonesia.
Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad, Malaysia
Prime Minister Xavier Espot Zamora, Andorra
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN-Women
Jose Viera, CEO, World Blind Union
View of the dais during the closing.
Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General
Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President, General Assembly
Madelle Kangha, Trisha Shetty, and Burak Doluay, Young Leaders for the SDGs
Ameer Brown, Spoken Word Performer
Around the Venue
President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Samoa
Delegates speak informally between sessions.
Paul Oquist Kelley, Nicaragua
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
The first day of the SDG Summit convened at UN Headquarters.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres issued a global call for a decade of action to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the opening of the SDG Summit. “We must regain the trust of the people and respond to the experience of alienation generated by the current model of globalization,” he said.
The SDG Summit, which is also the first High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) to convene under the auspices of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) since the adoption of the SDGs, aims to review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs, with just over a decade left until the target date of 2030. The opening session of the Summit on Tuesday afternoon adopted the HLPF political declaration (A/HLPF/2019/L.1).
A “fireside chat” on the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR 2019) followed. Presenting the report, Peter Messerli, Co-Chair of the independent group of scientists who produced the GSDR 2019, warned the Earth system is approaching tipping points which may be “irreversible or even unmanageable.” He listed the six “entry points” identified in the report for accelerated action: human well-being and capabilities; sustainable and just economies; food systems and nutrition patterns; energy decarbonization and universal access; urban and peri-urban development; and the global environmental commons.
Statements were then delivered on behalf of groups of Member States and participating states in a plenary session, including by the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China), Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Caribbean Community (CARICOM), African States, EU, Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), and Like-Minded Group of Countries Supporters of Middle-Income Countries.
A “leaders dialogue” on megatrends impacting SDG achievement featured statements by heads of state and government, and of multilateral institutions. Five more dialogues will take place on the second day of the Summit.
Opening of the SDG Summit
Delegates gather in the Trusteeship Council Chamber for the first day of the SDG Summit.
Mona Juul, President, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); UN Secretary-General António Guterres; Tijjani Muhammad Bande, President of the 74th session of the General Assembly; representative of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM); and Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General
Mona Juul, President, ECOSOC
UN Secretary-General António Guterres
A video highlights the importance of achieving the SDGs.
Participants during the 'fireside chat' on the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report: Eun Mee Kim, Ewha Womans University, Republic of Korea; Peter Messerli, University of Bern, Switzerland; Moderator Joannie Marlene Bewa, UN Young Leader for the SDGs; Endah Murniningtyas, National Development Planning Agency, Indonesia; and David Smith, University of the West Indies.
David Smith, University of the West Indies
Endah Murniningtyas, National Development Planning Agency, Indonesia
View of the dais during plenary where heads of state delivered statements in a national capacity and on behalf of groups of Member States and participating states.
President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestine, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Thailand, speaking on behalf of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda, speaking on behalf of the African States
Antonio Rivas Palacios, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay, speaking on behalf of Landlocked Developing Countries
Delegates stand as the room is filled to capacity.
Leaders Dialogue 1 – Megatrends Impacting the Achievement of the SDGs
View of the dais: Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA); Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Norway; President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Ghana; and a representative of UN DESA Secretariat.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey
President Kersti Kaljulaid, Estonia
President Iván Duque Márquez, Colombia
President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria
Around the Venue
Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Norway, arrives at the venue.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres shares a moment with Tijjani Muhammad Bande, President of the 74th Session of the General Assembly.
Wang Yi, State Councilor and Special Representative of President Xi Jinping, China, speaks with delegates from Bhutan.
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, Japan
Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General, UN DESA
Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice-President, World Bank Group
Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP), Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), take a selfie before the session begins.