From September 23 to 27, leaders from around the world gathered at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Amid calls for faster progress toward achieving the Global Goals, many of them put forward commitments for tackling humanity’s most pressing challenges: climate change, inequality, poverty, and health care, among others.
Leaders’ promises to deliver a better future for people and planet were positive signs of momentum for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But it’s clear that there is still much more to be done, and that the world needs action more than ever.
Now civil society, governments, and the private sector must prepare to step up for a Decade of Action.
In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about what the discussions and decisions made at UNGA mean for the world.
The UN General Assembly was full of announcements, actions, and commitments. Our experts explain key moments from the week and the path forward.
Every September, diplomacy gets a major moment: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). At UNGA, leaders from around the world come together to discuss challenges that impact our lives and to find ways to solve them together. Here’s what you need to know about UNGA–and why it matters.
The opening of the next session of UNGA will take place September 17, 2019 in New York City.
September 23 will mark the beginning of “Summits Week” or “High-Level Week” when the UN will host five summits on the issues that matter to our lives: health care, inequality, climate change, poverty, and more.
Through the UN, countries have launched shared plans for a fair future: The Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change. At UNGA, countries will review progress and step up their actions. Get up-to-date on SDG Progress.
What happens at the UN matters to all of us because global problems require global solutions. When crises threaten our common security, wherever we live, we need to work together to make progress. Get involved in Global Goals Week.
Leaders representing the UN’s member states, the private sector, and advocacy groups will attend. This year, young activists, innovators, and change-makers who are driving climate action will showcase their solutions at the historic Youth Summit and other moments throughout the week.
In addition to giving speeches, world leaders will participate in five summits to deliver a fair future for people and planet.
Check out this blog post for more details on UNGA and the big issues that world leaders will tackle during the summits.
You may wonder, “What does any of this have to do with me?”
The short answer: A lot. It’s your world at stake.
The long answer: In today’s connected world, global problems need global solutions. The actions and discussions at the UN General Assembly will shape the world we live in.
Diplomacy is not always glamorous or easy. But we know that working together works. Here’s a glimpse of our collective impact:
The UN is urging countries to come together and step up for our world and our future. We’ve got the plans to get us to a fair future where no one is left out. Now we need leaders to act.
UN Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin shares how UNGA is a chance to build and catalyze global progress.
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