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Luncheon on Sustainable Consumption and Production

As delivered Statement by Peter Thomson, the President of the General Assembly, at Luncheon on Sustainable Consumption and Production 23 March 2017   Honourable Ministers, Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, welcome. I am very glad that you could join this luncheon. I think almost all of you have participated this morning in our Climate […]

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High Level SDG Action Event on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda

Statement by H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, at the High-level Sustainable Development Goal Action Event entitled “Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda” 23 March 2017   Honorable Ministers Your Excellency, Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, Your Excellency, Ms. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the […]

Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda


On 23 March, the President of the General Assembly will convene a High-Level Event entitled “Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda” in collaboration with the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This event will provide an opportunity to highlight synergies between Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda and to gather representatives of Governments, International Organizations, the Private Sector and other stakeholders who are advancing solutions to implementation of the SDG and Climate Change agreements.

This event will advance the following objectives:
(1) Invigorate political momentum on climate change, highlighting its deep linkage to the Sustainable Development Agenda. Emphasis will be placed on concrete solutions for climate and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that yield cross-cutting benefits, especially regarding land-use, energy and the ocean;
(2) Increase common understanding among key actors including Member States, the UN system and non-state stakeholders regarding the urgent need to ramp up ambition and implementation, especially given upcoming 2020 targets and milestones for both climate and SDGs.


Member States, intergovernmental organizations and entities that have observer status with the General Assembly, and United Nations system entities wishing to speak are kindly requested to inscribe with the List of  Speakers, General Assembly Affairs Branch (Mr. Carlos Galindo (email galindo[at]un.org; with copy to email gaspeakerslist[at]un.org)).


UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) facilitated a process to identify civil society speakers (one for the stakeholder session and one for the panel discussion), and other civil society attendees wishing to be considered as observers for this event. UN-NGLS facilitated a civil society Selection Committee for the evaluation and short-listing of candidates for the speaking roles, to be presented to OPGA for their consideration. The Committee ensured regional and gender balance, and diversity of age and expertise in the overall set of candidates. The President of the General Assembly made the final selection of the speakers for this event. Application is closed.

All applications received to speak at the event, or attend as an observer can be viewed here



Hashtags to be used during the day are #globalgoals, #SDGs, #climateaction #ParisAgreement


Peter Thomson, GA President at Opening

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Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General at Opening

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Patricia Espinosa (UNFCCC) at Opening

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Opening Segment and Panel

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Plenary [Part I]

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Plenary [Part II]

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Plenary [Part III]

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Session I – Implementing solutions

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Session II – 2020 as opportunity

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SDG Action Event: Climate Change and SD


Informal briefing convened by the President of the General Assembly on the series of “High-level SDG Action Events”

Check against delivery Statement by H.E. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly, at the informal briefing on the series of “High-level SDG Action Events”, as well as on his recent SDG-related official travels 20 February 2017 Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, When I took Office, I committed to the upholding […]


June 2017 United Nations Oceans Conference announced at COP22

June 2017 United Nations Oceans Conference announced at COP22 16 November 2016 MARRAKECH, Morocco, 16 November 2016 — The President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, the Prime Minister of Fiji, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate of Sweden, Isabella Lövin, and the Under-Secretary-General for […]

PGA at COP22

Opening statement at COP22 in Marrakech

Opening statement of H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Marrakech 15 November 2016   Your Majesty, the King of Morocco, Your Excellency, Minister Mezouar, President of COP22, Your Excellency, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General […]