The Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint for fighting poverty and hunger, confronting the climate crisis, achieving gender equality and much more, within the next ten years. At a time of great uncertainty, the SDGs show the way forward to a strong recovery from COVID-19 and a better future for all on a safe and healthy planet.


Convened by the UN Secretary-General, the first SDG Moment of the Decade of Action was held virtually on Friday, 18 September 2020 from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Kickstarting a Decade of Action – digital platform

This microsite provides access to the presentations made during the first SDG Moment. It provides a reality check of the implementation of the Goals at the global, regional and local levels, looks at implications of the present trajectory for achieving the targets and hence improving people’s lives, as well as at solutions. It gives voice to the Member States and stakeholders present at the SDG Moment.
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As the world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and uneven progress across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the SDG Moment:

  • Set out a vision for a Decade of Action and recovering better from COVID-19;
  • Provided a snapshot on SDG progress;
  • Highlighted plans and actions to tackle major implementation gaps
  • Demonstrated the power and impact of action and innovation by SDG stakeholders.

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Related events

The SDG Moment will be complemented by a major media broadcast on the SDGs, titled ‘Nations United’, that will be pushed widely on media distribution platforms. Combining powerful interviews with leading icons, activists and thinkers; dynamic archive stories; and instructive data visualizations, the 30-minute film will grapple with the world’s biggest issues – the climate crisis, poverty and inequality, gender inequality and injustice. Nations United’ will elevate the vision of the 2030 Agenda, showcase critical actions, and emphasize the need to transform our future to deliver the SDGs.

A virtual interactive SDG Action Zone will take place over the course of 3 days (22 – 24 September) during the UN General Assembly High-level Week, and provide a space for deeper conversations and showcases on critical areas to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals. It is intended to create a more transparent, open, and inclusive space for multi-stakeholder engagement and global audience participation. Registration is open to all via this link.

The SDG Media Zone, is taking place virtually between 15-29 September under the umbrella theme Science, Solutions and Solidarity to Transform our World. In collaboration with media partners around the world, featured interviews will examine critical issues of our time; including vaccines, gender equality, and the urgent need to protect biodiversity. For a full programme visit  the website

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