SDG Heads of State Agenda for September 18-19th

SDG Summits objectives and expected outcomes

Through the Summit, countries, both individually and collectively, have an opportunity to place the world on a sustainable development path. The international community can seize this opportunity to make significant transformations for integrated SDG implementation and how societies produce, consume and share benefits and risks, while leaving no one behind.

The Summit is envisaged to be forward-looking and action-oriented, with the aim of accelerating international action to improve people's lives and reinvigorating the sense of hope, optimism and enthusiasm that characterized the adoption of the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. It is expected to adopt a concise, action-oriented political declaration as its outcome document.
The Secretary-General has urged world leaders to deliver a Rescue Plan for People and Planet at the SDG Summit through deliverables in three areas. First, he requested countries to deliver global commitments to the SDGs, including through an SDG Stimulus by massively scaling up financing and other measures, such as debt relief. Second, he urged world leaders to convey a National Commitment to SDG Transformation. This could include clear benchmarks to reduce domestic poverty and inequality levels by 2027 and 2030, in tandem with nationally determined climate contributions. And third, all countries are urged to fully engage their domestic constituencies, particularly civil society and the private sector, in their Summit preparations.

The SDG Summit will also be followed by the Summit of the Future in 2024, which will build upon the outcomes of the SDG Summit and turbocharge the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Programme overview
The opening of the Summit will feature statements by the President of the General Assembly, the United Nations Secretary-General, and the President of the Economic and Social Council. The political declaration will be adopted during the opening of the Summit.

Immediately following, a setting-the-stage segment will take place with the participation of stakeholders including the SDG Advocates, the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) Independent Group of Scientists, International Financial Institutions, and Youth, Civil Society and Private Sector Representatives. This segment intends to provide a clear picture on what has been achieved, where we are lagging behind, and what needs to be done to restore credibility on the promise of a sustainable transformation.

The opening will be followed by a short plenary segment for group statements to hear the actions and commitments delivered on behalf of groups of States.

Six Leaders' Dialogues will be held to allow Heads of State and Government to set out concrete national commitments to SDG transformation.

Each Leaders' Dialogue will be co-moderated by two States at the level of Head of State and Government. Participating States will intervene on the specific theme of the Leaders' Dialogue to share their concrete new commitments in the field of sustainability.

The Dialogues will also feature interventions from selected representatives of the UN system, intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, civil society and academia.

Commitments and recommendations will be summarized and reported back during the Closing Segment.

The time limit will be three minutes for both national statements during the Leaders’ Dialogues
and statements made on behalf of a Group of States during the plenary segment.

The list of speakers will open on the e-deleGATE portal on Wednesday, 19 July 2023 at 10:00
a.m. and close on Thursday, 31 August 2023 at 6:00 p.m.


 18-19 September 2023

United Nations Headquarters - New York PROGRAMME

Monday, 18 September 2023

9:00 – 9:25 a.m.                                 Opening Segment General Assembly Hall


Opening and welcome remarks

·         President of the General Assembly (5 minutes)

·         Secretary-General (5 minutes)

·         President of ECOSOC (5 minutes)

Adoption of the Political Declaration

·         Statements by co-facilitators for the Political Declaration (3 minutes each)

 9:25 – 10:00 a.m.                               Setting the Stage General Assembly Hall

Film on Stakeholder Mobilization Day

·         Video including key messages from youth, women, civil society, business, and local authorities from the Stakeholder Mobilization Day (5 minutes)

Moderated panel

·         Featuring SDG Advocates, the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) Independent Group of Scientists, International Financial Institutions, and Youth, Civil Society and Private Sector Representatives (30 minutes)

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.                             Plenary segment General Assembly Hall

Actions and commitments delivered on behalf of groups of Member States (3 minutes each)

10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.                       Leaders’ Dialogues Trusteeship Council Chamber

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                      Leaders’ Dialogue 1

“Scaling up actions on key transitions to accelerate SDG progress”

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                        Leaders’ Dialogue 2

“Building resilience and leaving no one behind”

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.                          Leaders’ Dialogue 3

“Game-changers: Applying science, technology, innovation and data for transformative action"

4:30p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                           Leaders’ Dialogue 4

“Strengthening integrated policies and public institutions for achieving the SDGs”

  Tuesday, 19 September 2023

 3.00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                         Leaders’ Dialogues (continued) Trusteeship Council Chamber

 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.                          Leaders’ Dialogue 5

“Unity and Solidarity: Strengthening the multilateral system for enhanced support, cooperation, follow-up and review”

 4:30p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                           Leaders’ Dialogue 6

“Mobilizing finance and investments and the means of implementation for SDG achievement”

 6.15p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                          Closing Segment Trusteeship Council Chamber

Report back from Leaders' Dialogues and other Summit components Closing remarks

·         Secretary-General (5 minutes)

·         President of the General Assembly (5 minutes)


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