The 2023 SDG Summit will convene on 18-19 September 2023 during the High-Level week of the United Nations General Assembly. World leaders will gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to reaffirm their collective commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The SDG Summit in September must be a moment of unity to provide a renewed impetus and accelerated actions for reaching the SDGs”
– António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General
The 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs represent a global promise to secure the rights and well-being
of everyone on a healthy, thriving planet. However, halfway to our 2030 deadline, the Goals are
in jeopardy. Progress has stalled or even reversed amidst the climate crisis, the economic
downturn, conflicts and the lingering impact of COVID-19.
Here are some alarming facts from the UN:
- The number of people living in extreme poverty is higher than it was four years ago.
- Hunger has also increased and is now back at 2005 levels
- Gender equality is still around 300 years away.
Estimates by the UN suggest that only 30 percent of all countries will even achieve SDG 1 on poverty by 2030.
The Summit is an opportunity to assess the situation and to put the world back on track to achieving the SDGs.