Mr. Wu Hongbo Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
"Action at All Levels: National Implementation"

Ladies and gentlemen,

Let me begin by extending my deep thanks to the President of the General Assembly for organising this Debate.

This event bears testimony to the United Nations unswerving commitment to the   implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Last September, world leaders gathered here to adopt the universal, ambitious and groundbreaking 2030 Agenda anchored in 17 Sustainable Development Goals with 169 targets, aiming to achieve prosperity and well-being for everyone, everywhere, on a healthy planet.

It is complemented by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda a comprehensive and integrated framework for financing sustainable development.

Critically, the 2030 Agenda requires all of us to rethink development.

As emphasised by so many, business as usual is no longer an option.

We must think and act differently, emphasizing linkages and breaking down silos.

We must pursue all the SDGs together, develop holistic approaches and build synergies.

Our challenge now is to move from aspiration to action. We have no time to waste.


The responsibility of implementing the agenda will primarily lie with national governments, in global partnership.

We need visionary leadership to take ownership of the process by aligning policies, legislation, and resources in support of the SDGs.

Cohesive nationally owned sustainable development strategies, supported by integrated financing frameworks, should be at the heart of our efforts.

While different national circumstances call for different action plans, a common narrative of shared understanding is emerging:

First, countries need to recognize and effectively address interconnected problems. Piecemeal solutions will not work in the long run.

Second, keeping the indivisible nature of SDGs in mind, national institutions must adjust their modus operandi to work in coordination, not in silos.

Third, effective monitoring and accountability, through a strengthened and meaningful follow-up process, will be key to bolstering momentum of implementation.


The 2030 Agenda calls for partnerships with other stakeholders to make the implementation of the SDGs as effective as possible.

The active engagement and support from business, civil society and other stakeholders is essential to progress, as they can drive implementation on the ground.

If the SDGs truly define the world we want, we must achieve them together. It is not an option – it is a necessity.

The people of the world are demanding action. The time for action is now.

Thank you!

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