Caption: Youth activists worldwide demand action on climate change.
Photo: UN Women/Amanda Voisard
Decade of Action


The year 2020 kicks off a reaffirmation of our global commitment towards achieving the 2030 agenda. With only 10 years left to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is more important than ever for the global community to mobilise for accelerated action.  

To amplify this Decade of Action, the United Nations will draw on the continued support of local, national and global partners to secure and strengthen existing efforts. The urgency of this decade demands that all sectors of society galvanize to secure greater participation and leadership, more resources and improved, game-changing solutions to address increasing inequality and the escalating climate emergency.  

Today, people have greater access to quality healthcare services, education and greater opportunities for decent employment. Yet, inequities, particularly for women and girls, and the growing climate crisis threaten the progress achieved so far. Over the next ten years, we call on the world to fight against these threats to ensure that by 2030 no one is left behind.  


The Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint for fighting poverty and hunger, confronting the climate crisis, achieving gender equality and much more, within the next ten years. At a time of great uncertainty, the SDGs show the way forward to a strong recovery from COVID-19 and a better future for all on a safe and healthy planet.

Overview

Convened by the UN Secretary-General, the first SDG Moment of the Decade of Action will be held virtually on Friday, 18 September 2020 from 8 to 11 a.m.

Objectives

As the world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and uneven progress across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the SDG Moment will:

  • Set out a vision for a Decade of Action and recovering better from COVID-19;
  • Provide a snapshot on SDG progress;
  • Highlight plans and actions to tackle major implementation gaps
  • Demonstrate the power and impact of action and innovation by SDG stakeholders.

Member States

All Member States and Observers are invited to participate in the SDG Moment at the level of Head of State and Government and registration details have been provided bilaterally.

In addition approximately 20 Heads of State and Government will make specific contributions to the meeting. Details will be set out in updated meeting programme.

Other participants

Dedicated arrangements are being put in place to ensure stakeholder contributions to the meeting including from civil society, the private sector, local and regional authorities, and academia.

Watch live

The SDG Moment will be broadcast live on UN Web TV.

For all the latest information and updates, visit the dedicated SDG Moment webpage

 

 

 

Resident Coordinators from across the globe share their message of action*

Click on their photos below to view their messages. 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Toby Lanzer.

Toby Lanzer
Afghanistan

 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator Eric Overvest

Eric Overvest
Algeria

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator Pier Paolo Balladeli

Pier Paolo Balladelli
Angola

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator Shombi Sharp

Shombi Sharp
Armenia

Screenshot from the video message shows Resident Coordinator Ghulam Isaczai

Ghulam M. Isaczai
Azerbaijan

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Amin El Sharkawi

Amin El Sharkawi
Bahrain

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Mia Seppo

Mia Seppo
Bangladesh

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki

Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki
Belarus
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Birgit Gerstenberg

Birgit Gerstenberg
Belize & El Salvador

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Siaka Coulibaly

Siaka Coulibaly
Benin 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Gerald Daly

Gerald Daly
Bhutan

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Sezin Sinanoglu

Sezin Sinanoglu
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Metsi Makhetha

Metsi Makhetha
Burkina Faso

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Pauline Tamesis

Pauline Tamesis
Cambodia

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Allegra Baiocchi

Allegra Maria Del Pilar Baiocchi
Cameroon

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Denise Brown

Denise Brown
Central African Republic

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Nicholas Rosellini

Nicholas Rosellini
China

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Jessica Faieta

Jessica Faieta
Colombia
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Matthias Naab

Matthias Naab
Comoros

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Alice Shackelford

Alice Shackelford
Costa Rica
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Barbara Manzi

Barbara Manzi
Djibouti

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Arnaud Peral

Arnaud Peral
Ecuador

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Mady Biaye

Mady Biaye
Equatorial Guinea
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Susan Namondo-Ngongi

Susan Namondo-Ngongi
Eritrea
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Nathalie Ndongo-Seh

Nathalie Ndongo-Seh
Eswatini
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Sanaka Samarasinha

Sanaka Samarasinha
Fiji
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Sabine Machl

Sabine Machl
Georgia
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Rebeca Arias Flores

Rebeca Arias Flores
Guatemala
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Georges Ki-Zerbo

Georges Ki Zerbo
Guinea
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Mikiko Tanaka

Mikiko Tanaka
Guyana

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Anita Nirody

Anita Nirody
Indonesia
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Marta Ruedas

Marta Ruedas
Iraq
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Siddharth Chatterjee

Siddharth Chatterjee
Kenya

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Ulrika Richardson

Ulrika Richardson
Kosovo**

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Tarek Elsheikh

Tarek El-Sheikh
Kuwait
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Ozonnia Ojielo

Ozonnia Ojielo
Kyrgyzstan
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Phillip Lazzarini

Phillip Lazzarini
Lebanon

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Violet Kakyomya

Violet Kakyomya
Madagascar (Former RC)
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Mbaranga Gasarabwe

Mbaranga Gasarabwe
Mali
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Anthony Ohemeng-Boamah

Anthony Ohemeng-Boamah
Mauritania
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Christine Umutoni

Christine Umutoni
Mauritius 
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Antonio Molpeceres

Antonio Molpeceres
Mexico
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Tapan Mishra

Tapan Mishra
Mongolia
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Fiona McCluney

Fiona McCluney
Montenegro

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Philippe Poinsot

Philippe Poinsot
Morocco (Former RC)

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Rachel Odede

Rachel Odede
Namibia
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Valerie Julliand

Valerie Julliand
Nepal
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Knut Ostby

Knut Ostby
Pakistan (Former RC)
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Gianluca Rampolla

Gianluca Rampolla
Papua New Guinea
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Igor Garafulic

Igor Garafulic
Peru

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Fodé Ndiaye

Fodé Ndiaye
Rwanda

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Priya Gajraj

Priya Gajraj
Senegal (Former RC)
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Sunil Saigal

Sunil Saigal
Sierra Leone
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Nardos Bekele-Thomas

Nardos Bekele-Thomas
South Africa
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Pratibha Mehta

Pratibha Mehta
Tajikistan
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Damien Mama

Damien Mama
Togo
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Marina Walter

Marina Walter
Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Aruba, Curaçao & Sint Maarteen

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Diego Zorilla

Diego Zorilla
Tunisia (Former RC)
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Elena Panova

Elena Panova
Turkmenistan
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Osnat Lubrani

Osnat Lubrani
Ukraine 
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Kamal Malhotra

Kamal Malhotra
Viet Nam
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Lise Grande

Lise Grande
Yemen
 

Screenshot from video message shows Resident Coordinator, Maria Gomes do Valle Ribeiro

Maria Gomes do Valle Ribeiro
Zimbabwe