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The 2023 SDG Summit: Key Discussion Points and Implications
Published October 11, 2023
Publication Source: IFANS
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The United Nations (hereafter, UN) organized the SDG Summit, I.e. high-level political forum on sustainable development, under the auspices of the 78th General Assembly on September 18-19, 2023 in New York. The SDG Summit is held every four years, making this the second summit since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2016-2030 in September 2015. This event was notable considering that this year marked the halfway point in the SDGs implementation. The summit consisted of a plenary session along with six leaders’ dialogue on issues ranging from key transitions to accelerate SDG progress, resilience, STI (science, technology, and innovation), integrated policies and institutions, multilateral systems, to development finance.

The political declaration adopted at the SDG summit contains key commitments to accelerate the SDGs achievement in the remaining 7 years. This declaration calls for global solidarity and action, presents key actions per SDG, emphasizes the importance of mobilizing development finance including official development assistance (ODA), and reaffirms the importance of multilateralism to achieve the SDGs.

Within this context, representatives of states looked at the challenges standing in the way of achieving the SDGs and presented concrete actions that will guide the states’ way forward. The ROK’s Foreign Minister Park Jin participated in the leaders’ dialogue on ‘building resilience and leaving no one behind’ and stressed the Korean government’s contribution to the advancement of SDGs via increased ODA and support for digital transformation and better access to quality education.

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