Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

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A major priority of the 70th President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mogens Lykketoft is to support prompt and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It builds on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals and seeks to address their unfinished business. The 2030 Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda complements and is an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Paris Climate Agreement was adopted in December 2015 in Paris and will be signed in New York on 22 April 2016.

Given the broader framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its strong interlinkages with the Climate Agreement, the President will convene a High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals on 21 April 2016.

This event will serve to significantly increase international awareness and political momentum around the implementation of the SDGs. It will bring together global political, business and civil society leaders in New York to focus on kick-starting SDG implementation. It will also be a unique opportunity to address the synergy between the COP21 outcome and the 2030 Agenda. Leaders will be offered a platform to catalyse action, discuss concrete steps forward and mobilize potential implementation partners.

Five focus areas with a cross-cutting focus on gender equality and capacity building

  • 1. Action at all levels

    Member States have committed to drive national responses to implementation of the 2030 Agenda. All actors, led by national governments, will need to work to deliver sustainable development which leaves no-one behind.

  • 2. Financing poverty eradication and sustainable development

    Implementing the 2030 Agenda and fulfilling COP21 commitments, requires substantial financial resources as well as sound regulatory frameworks. Public and private finance as well as domestic and international finance must be urgently mobilized.

  • 3. Technology and data for SDGs

    The development and diffusion of new technologies and the collection of high quality, timely and reliable information and data are important means of implementing the SDGs. We need to improve access to technology, as well as capacity for technology development, and ensure that the best available information technology tools and information sources are used across sectors such as clean energy, health and information.

  • 4. Partnerships for the implementation of SDGs

    This new Agenda will only be realized if the implementation process is partnership based, fully inclusive, transparent and accountable.

  • 5. Climate action in the context of sustainable development

    A reception will be organized in order to celebrate the successful adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Paris Agreement and ensure coherence and synergies as we move to the implementation of these outcomes.

Programme of the High-level thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs

Detailed Programme with Speakers for high-level thematic debate on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Preliminary List of speakers for plenary – Achieving the SDGs


Digital Media Zone

Please note that all participants are invited and encouraged to visit the Digital Media Zone located in the Ex-Press Bar on the 3rd floor of the General Assembly Conference Building. This area is a dedicated social media newsroom for digital media specialists and journalists who will be reporting on the proceedings in the main conference rooms and eager to film and interview VVIP participants.

In preparation of this important event, all relevant stakeholders are hereby invited to contribute to the discussions through a dedicated google page. Contributions will be made available publicly to promote engagement and inform the Debate, in particular contributions from actors not able to be present. Feedback submitted via this form can be viewed here:

The online registration process for all stakeholders wishing to participate in the event has been closed.

Speakers subscription for Plenary Session

All Member States and observers as well as heads of UN agencies can subscribe to the speakers list of the plenary session “Action at all levels: national implementation of the SDGs” by contacting  Antonina Poliakova as soon as possible. Statements are limited to three minutes.

Speakers subscription

You are welcome to visit the Digital Media Zone without or without an appointment but to schedule a time for your Government Leader or VVIP, please contact the PGA’s communications team in advance Digital Media Zone

Logistics note: HL Thematic Debate – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals




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Opening ceremony: General Assembly Seventieth session: High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – 21 April 2016, New York

Digital Media Zone with Forest Whitaker and Thomas Gass

Digital Media Zone – 19 – 22 April 2016


Opening and Plenary (part I)

Plenary (part II)

Plenary (part III)

Plenary (part IV)

Interactive Discussion on Finance

– High level Lunch: Partnerships for the implementation of SDGs

Interactive Discussion on Technology and Data

Digital Media Zone

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