Sustainability Summit in New York


New York, 19 September 2023 - Leaders from around the world will gather in New York on Monday for a two-day sustainable development summit.

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During deliberations in the week of the UN General Debate, heads of state and government want to draw up a mid-term review of the 2030 Agenda adopted in 2015.

This has set 17 global goals (SDGs) for socially, economically and environmentally sustainable development to be achieved by 2030.

In order to achieve the goals after all, Guterres has presented a “rescue plan” to the two-day sustainability summit in New York.

UN member states are expected to

  • formulate national strategies to reduce poverty and inequality,
  • align their budgets with the achievement of the development goals and
  • reform the international financial architecture.

It is about righting historical wrongs, overcoming global divisions and putting our world on the path to lasting peace,

warned the UN Secretary-General.

Among others, Chancellor Olaf Scholz is taking part on behalf of Germany.

Background information

The 193 UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda in 2015. It comprises 17 goals and 169 subgoals to be achieved by 2030 - including the eradication of hunger and extreme poverty, gender equality and limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees.

So far, however, the global community is far from achieving the goals it has set for itself.

Progress made in the first few years - for example in the fight against extreme poverty, the reduction of child mortality and access to electricity - has been partially undone by the Corona pandemic, the Ukraine war and climate-related disasters.

According to UN figures, 575 million people will still be living in extreme poverty and more than 600 million people will be hungry in 2030.

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