For many a seasoned diplomat, Mr. Liu Zhenmin striding the UN halls is a familiar sight. After all, during his career spanning over 35 years, Mr. Liu has been deeply involved in finding multilateral solutions to global problems and even served as his country’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations. On 26 July this year, he entered the UN building in quite a different role.
On 25 September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously adopted a bold new global agenda to end poverty by 2030 and pursue a sustainable future. Two years on, are we on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? How can we pursue such a long-term agenda in a world that is changing so rapidly? How to maintain the initial enthusiasm when the daily grind of implementation sets in?