UN Talks: Global Stock-taking of SDG progress

A conversation on conclusions from the global review of the 2030 Agenda at the HLPF in July and expectations of the upcoming SDG Summit in September.

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Date:17 September 2019
Time:9-10:30 am, coffee and sandwiches from 8:30
Venue:Medelhavsmuséet, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm
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The High-level Political Forum (HLPF) at UN headquarters in July 2019 completed the first four-year cycle of global reviews of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in September world leaders will meet for the first high-level SDG Summit under the General Assembly.

The July Forum reviewed some of the most challenging and transformative goals, including SDG 10 on reduced inequalities, SDG 13 on climate action, and SDG 16 on peaceful, just and inclusive societies. What progress has been made on these goals and what is the value of the global stock-taking exercise at HLPF?

Ahead of the SDG Summit, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged world leaders to come “not with beautiful speeches, but with concrete actions, plans and commitments to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change”. Can the SDG Summit spur such much-needed acceleration and a renewed commitment to these global agendas?

In this seminar, panelists who participated in different parts of this year’s HLPF process and/or were going to attend the September Summit reflected on global trends related to SDG 10, 13 and 16, the realisation of the ‘Leave No One Behind’ principle and expectations of the upcoming review of HLPF’s form and function.



Annika Söder, State Secretary, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Sigrún Rawet, Deputy Director, SIPRI

Karin Lexén, Secretary General, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation

Micah Grzywnowicz, International Advocacy Advisor, RFSL

Moderator: Matilda Hald, Programme Manager Agenda 2030, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

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UN Talks

The seminar is the third in a series of #UNtalks, jointly organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and UNDP Sweden with the aim to contribute to critical reflection and deeper understanding of the role and work of the United Nations.

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