Date: September 16, 2020
Time: 10.20 am to 12:15 pm
This session reflected on global progress in implementation of the UN SDGs, which were adopted by all Member States in 2015 as part of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Participants of this session suggested that the SDGs serve as a road map for humanity and a plan of action for a better future that puts people, planet, and prosperity at its core. They highlighted that the international system has failed in managing the COVID-19 pandemic and in helping vulnerable populations’ suffering as a result of environmental crises. It was also noted that the time has come for the developing world and its people to come together to address and respond to the challenges they face based on their own values, experiences, and practices. Participants remarked that growing protectionist tendencies and ultra-nationalist sentiments will negatively impact international cooperation and achievement of the SDGs. In fact, the 2030 Agenda offers a course of action for “We the People,” highlighting the critical role of multilateral cooperation in achieving a sustainable, just, and inclusive future.