A major priority of the 70th President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft (Denmark),is to support prompt and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Given the framework of the 2030 Agenda and its interlinkages with the Paris Climate Agreement, which was adopted in December 2015 in Paris and will be signed in New York on 22 April 2016, the President of the General Assembly is convening a High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals on 21 April 2016 in New York.
The High Level Debate, which will bring together global political, business and civil society leaders, seeks to explore the next critical step – “how” the SDGs and their targets can be successfully achieved over the next 15 years, including “who” they primary actors need to be for meaningful implementation.
Five focus areas have been identified for session discussions with a cross-cutting focus on gender equality and capacity building. The fifth session, Climate action in the context of sustainable development, will explore how synergy can be fostered at all levels, including national and local levels in implementing the SDGs framework and the climate Agreement. Participants are expected to consider what appropriate national policies and plans, including the INDCs will enable progress under both agendas, as well as exploring the creation of enabling environments for investments and the promotion of multi-stakeholder action.
The Foundation will participate in a number of events during the High Level Debate including leading a discussion on Partnerships for SDG implementation with a focus on Goal 5 ( Gender Equality ), addressing a roundtable discussion on Transforming our Good Systems to Transform Our World organised by David Nabarro the Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change and the Brookings Institution, and participating in a policy dialogue on Achieving Sustainable Energy for All by 2030 co-convened by Irena and SE4All.