Yep, that’s right! A world to-do list exists and global leaders gather annually to discuss the status of the said goals. Only that they call these goals “The Sustainable Development Goals” or SDGs, and their annual meeting “SDG Moment”. Sounds very much like a cult, but it ain’t!
The initiative was to create a collection of universal goals to address the serious global environmental, political, and economic issues.
Implementation Process of the SDGs:
Since then, the UN keeps track of these goals through an annual report presented by the UN Secretary General.
In addition to the annual report, there is an annual SDG Moment, serving as a check-in to the status and progress of the SDGs.
It convened in 2020 for the first time and so far there have been three SDG Moments. The third and the most recent SDG Moment took place last week on Monday, 19th September, in the United Nations General Assembly Hall.
Theme for The Third SDG Moment:
The Moment served to place emphasis on the necessity to bring about transformational changes through actions and solutions for the cost-of-living crisis faced especially by the developing countries, conveyed by the following theme:
“Time is running out. We must get the World’s To Do List done.”
Events at The Third SDG Moment:
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres opened the event by highlighting the current global conflicts, that are climate catastrophe, mistrust and division, poverty, inequality and discrimination, unemployment and massive displacement, rising food and energy prices, consequences of the global pandemic and lack of funds to finance recovery measures in developing countries.
He noted that the transition to renewable energy sources is crucial for overcoming the said conflicts, as well as increasing digital connectivity, reformation of food systems and investing in human capital.
The Moment was concluded by the President of the 77TH General Assembly Csaba Körösi as he reemphasised the urgency to “re-dedicate ourselves to the SDGs” as time is running out and we are already halfway to the 2030 deadline to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.