World SDG Summit 2023

On 18-19 September 2023, world leaders will gather at the SDG Summit in New York for the mid-point review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Summit is expected to adopt a political declaration that will provide a roadmap for putting the world back on track to achieve the SDGs by their 2030 deadline. The Summit will be informed by the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report prepared by an independent group of scientists and the 2023 Special Edition of the SDG Progress Report by the Secretary-General.

More information about the 2023 SDG Summit is available on the website.

Briefing on the 2023 SDG Summit

DESA and the Executive Office of the Secretary-General will organise a briefing to delegations on the 2023 SDG Summit and its preparations on Monday, 10 July 2023, at 3 p.m., in Conference Room 1 at UNHQ in New York.

SDG Summit programme

The programme of the SDG Summit is under development. The President of the General Assembly shared a preliminary draft with Member States, who provided initial feedback and posed further questions at the General Committee meeting on 14 June.

Negotiations on the SDG Summit political declaration 

On 21 and 22 June, the Co-Facilitators of the political declaration for the SDG Summit convened informal consultations on the revised zero draft. On 21 June, the President of the General Assembly spoke at the beginning of the consultation and emphasised the importance of their work during the final phase. Member States then proceeded with a full reading of the revised zero draft. Delegations were generally satisfied with the text, but suggested several specific edits and amendments to the existing paragraphs. Different positions were expressed with respect to a number of issues, such as proposed language on gender and financing and means of implementation, including technology transfer. The Co-Facilitators shared with delegations a second revised zero draft on 29 June. As negotiations enter their final phase, delegations met for informal-informals (closed) consultations on 5 and 7 July.

Informal stakeholder dialogue – inputs to the zero draft political declaration

On 7 June, UN DESA, in partnership with the SDG Action Campaign, hosted a virtual informal stakeholder dialogue as an opportunity for representatives of civil society, major groups and other stakeholders to provide inputs to the 2023 SDG Summit zero draft political declaration. The dialogue featured welcoming remarks from Neil Pierre, Acting Director of the Office for Intergovernmental Support and Coordination, and Marina Ponti, Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign, as well as from the co-facilitators of the intergovernmental process, H.E. Mr. Fergal Mythen of Ireland and H.E. Ms. Alya Ahmed bin Saif-Al Thani of Qatar. 14 stakeholders, selected through an open call which generated more than 150 applications, participated as panelists. The dialogue also included an interactive survey on Slido which generated 168 inputs on participants’ expectations for the SDG Summit political declaration. A ‘visual scribe’, who presented key elements of the discussion, also attended the event.

 Over 1,600 people from 140 countries registered for the event and 878 participated in the Zoom webinar. The event was livestreamed on Facebook and reached around 2,700 people by 11 a.m. on 7 June. Participants were also able to provide written inputs through a dedicated form which received more than 45 submissions.

The final summary, visuals of the discussions and recording of the webinar are available here: