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Report of the Secretary-General on SDG Progress 2019 2019-10-18

Four years ago, world leaders came together at the United Nations and adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Governments responded to the common challenges they faced and the changing world around them by uniting behind a truly forwardlooking, yet urgent, plan to end poverty and create shared prosperity on a healthy and peaceful planet. It was a moment of great hope and promise, when the light of an inclusive multilateralism shone brightly, as it did throughout 2015 with the adoption of other significant and related global agreements: the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2020 and the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In September, Heads of State and Government will gather once again, this time to take stock of how far we have come in realizing our sustainable development commitments. Through the high-level political forum on sustainable development, the Climate Action Summit and high-level meetings of the General Assembly on universal health coverage, financing for development and the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway, leaders from all sectors will also have an opportunity to signal the urgent steps they will take to increase the ambition and impact of implementation efforts.


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