Progress on the SDGs

The day before the April 22 signing of the Paris climate change agreement, the heads of governments gathered for an event focused on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The President of the General Assembly reminded them of the day six months earlier when the 2030 Agenda for Social Development was signed—a moment of genuine hope in a world of crises, a hope that grew brighter in Paris at the incredible breakthrough on climate change. He said that together, the two agreements deliver a clear message to the world – transformation has begun which will ensure both shared prosperity and the vitality of our planet.
Over the course of the day member states examined key areas like:
• How countries are responding to the SDGs
• How to move money and markets to support the SDGs
• How to transition from partnerships for the MDGs to partnerships for the SDGs
• How climate change action can help deliver on the entire SDGs
In other events, there were lively debates; Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University emphasized the need to invest more in children, education, and low carbon energy, and less in military. He called for mobilizing resources from rich countries which have “let the rich people off the hook.” Government leaders updated the UN on what their countries are doing in relation to the 2030 Agenda: Bolivian President Evo Morales, Calderon of Colombia, and the presidents of Gabon, Nauru, Peru, Hungary, Croatia, Namibia, and Zimbabwe spoke of issues close to their hearts.
–Jean Quinn, DW