As the 76th UN General Assembly (UNGA) opens in New York, the world is at a point of inflection. COVID-19 is still raging around the world destroying lives and livelihoods, humanitarian crises are on the rise creating disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable, especially women and children, and the dire consequences of climate change are felt in every corner of the world like never before.
The two weeks around the official UNGA deliberations of heads of state and ministerial delegations have become a convening moment for business, academic, and non-profit leaders to discuss and align on actions around critical global challenges, in particular around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets agreed to by the 193 UN member states for the next nine years (2030). Pre-COVID, there were over 500 side events taking place in a span of two weeks; more than 150 heads of state and ministerial delegations; 250 CEOs of global multinationals, and a global media presence, transforming New York into a hotbed for catalytic partnerships and cross-sector action on global challenges. This year, official UN and side meetings will mostly take place virtually or in a limited hybrid format, with the potential to make the critical agenda-setting moment of the year more inclusive and bring input and participation from far and wide.
WHAT IS ON THE GLOBAL AGENDA
On the eve of the UN General Assembly, UN Secretary General released Our Common Agenda—a landmark report designed to accelerate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that have been severely set back by the pandemic. Six critical priorities of the agenda focus on…
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