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Midway through the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development

Midway through the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development:

Push for Accelerated Progress towards the SDGs

While Member States remain the decision-makers of the United Nations, all stakeholders

should assume their role as decision-shapers. As the world is in the midst of an

unprecedented set of interlocking crises, and we are at the midway point of the

implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it’s worth recalling that no

actor has a monopoly over good ideas.

As part of his effort and commitment to hear from the civil society and encourage them to

bring their contributions regarding key issues under discussion in the General Assembly,

the President will convene his second Town Hall meeting with civil society with a focus

on the need for accelerated progress towards the achievements of the SDGs by 2030.

Recent reports on the Agenda 2030 have a sobering conclusion: the achievement of the

SDGs is seriously off track due to a combination of factors, including the effects of the

COVID-19 pandemic and a series of complex and intersecting crises. The role of civil

society representatives is critical to ensure a push for accelerated progress towards the

achievement of SDGs by 2030. Standing at the helm of the UN’s main policy-making body,

the President of the General Assembly is committed to ensuring that Member States can

benefit from the insights of civil society on the road towards the implementation of the


In this regard, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to be convened

under the auspices of the General Assembly (SDG Summit) in September 2023 will be a

key moment to find bold and transformative solutions on how to get back on track towards

the achievement of the SDGs. Civil society’s inputs and experience from the ground should

inform the deliberations of the Member States in preparation of the Summit.

The Town Hall meeting aims to bring relevant data, perspectives and contributions from

civil society to the United Nations. It will serve as the platform for brainstorming on how

to develop and enhance the tools, resources, inputs, and processes to produce a quality

change in the implementation of the SDGs.

Recognizing the crucial importance of civil society engagement in the work of the UN, it

is important to note that the Town Hall is not part of the formal preparatory process of the

2023 SDG Summit. As such, no outcome is expected following the event.

The Town Hall is supported by the Department of Global Communications, with additional

support by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the SDG Action Campaign

and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

More info:

Midway through the implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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All in-person participants are required to register in advance.


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