2021 remains a pivotal year to restore balance with nature, tackle the climate emergency, and get ahead of the pollution crisis, while ensuring no one is left behind. Global leaders will meet at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly from 20 September to participate in several high-level events to discuss the transformation and restoration needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The meetings will focus on some of today’s most urgent challenges, including the struggle to confront racism and discrimination; the ever-growing threat of climate change and biodiversity loss; and the need for renewable energy, and sustainable food systems.

Ahead of the organization’s most significant gathering of the year, the September edition of the Goal of the Month editorial looks at eight Sustainable Development Goals-related high-level events to look out for during the General Assembly.