The year 2020 kicks off a reaffirmation of our global commitment towards achieving the 2030 agenda. With only 10 years left to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is more important than ever for the global community to mobilise for accelerated action.
To amplify this Decade of Action, the United Nations will draw on the continued support of local, national and global partners to secure and strengthen existing efforts. The urgency of this decade demands that all sectors of society galvanize to secure greater participation and leadership, more resources and improved, game-changing solutions to address increasing inequality and the escalating climate emergency.
Today, people have greater access to quality healthcare services, education and greater opportunities for decent employment. Yet, inequities, particularly for women and girls, and the growing climate crisis threaten the progress achieved so far. Over the next ten years, we call on the world to fight against these threats to ensure that by 2030 no one is left behind.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint for fighting poverty and hunger, confronting the climate crisis, achieving gender equality and much more, within the next ten years. At a time of great uncertainty, the SDGs show the way forward to a strong recovery from COVID-19 and a better future for all on a safe and healthy planet.
Convened by the UN Secretary-General, the first SDG Moment of the Decade of Action was held virtually on Friday, 18 September 2020.
As the world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and uneven progress across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the SDG Moment has:
- Set out a vision for a Decade of Action and recovering better from COVID-19;
- Provide a snapshot on SDG progress;
- Highlight plans and actions to tackle major implementation gaps
- Demonstrate the power and impact of action and innovation by SDG stakeholders.
All Member States and Observers were invited to participate in the SDG Moment at the level of Head of State and Government and registration details were provided bilaterally.
In addition approximately 20 Heads of State and Governments were asked to make specific contributions to the meeting. Details were set out in the updated meeting programme.
Dedicated arrangements are being put in place to ensure stakeholder contributions to the meeting including from civil society, the private sector, local and regional authorities, and academia.
The SDG Moment was broadcast live on UN Web TV.
For all the latest information and updates, visit the dedicated SDG Moment webpage.
Resident Coordinators from across the globe share their message of action*
Click on their photos below to view their messages.