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Goal of the Month | January 2020

With just 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is being kicked off to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – the world’s blueprint for fair globalization – by 2030.

We can still deliver  on the 2030 promise, but it will take a major effort by everyone to tackle the most pressing challenges of our time – from ending poverty and hunger, protecting the planet and its biodiversity to ensuring human rights and dignity for everyone. The Decade of Action will mobilize more governments, more businesses and calling on all people to make the Goals their own.

On 20 January, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will address the General Assembly on his priorities for 2020 and activate the Decade. Watch live on UN Web TV.

The Decade will be a global movement spearheaded by change-makers everywhere to galvanize our commitment for a better world united by the call “For People, For Planet.” Read more:

In our first edition of 2020, we list 17 major United Nations events to look out for this year. Mark your calendars.

Secretary-General calls for global participation in UN75 dialogues

The United Nations on Wednesday launched the biggest global conversation on the world’s future: the UN75 dialogues. Views and ideas gathered throughout the year will be shared at a high-level event in September to mark the Organization’s 75th anniversary.

The UN75 initiative is described as a “global reality check” to spark conversations around building a better future for all.

Four innovative data streams will capture discussions across the world, and in diverse settings, to build the first-ever repository of crowd-sourced solutions to major global challenges.

The UN75 dialogues – together with a ‘One-minute Survey’, opinion polling in 50 countries, and an artificial intelligence sentiment analysis of traditional and social media in 70 countries – will generate compelling data to inform national and international policies and debate.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres will present the views and ideas that are generated to world leaders and senior UN officials at a high-level event on 21 September to mark the Organization’s 75th anniversary.


The United Nations launches 75th anniversary dialogues:

The biggest global conversation on the world’s future starts now.

January 1, 2020 saw the launch of the UN75 initiative – the largest, most inclusive conversation on the role of global cooperation in building a better future for all. The initiative will see the UN spark dialogues throughout 2020 in diverse settings across the world.

In a ‘global reality check’, four innovative data streams will build the first ever repository of crowd-sourced solutions to major global challenges.

The UN75 dialogues together with a ‘One-minute Survey’ that anyone can take, opinion polling in 50 countries and artificial intelligence sentiment analysis of traditional and social media in 70 countries, will generate compelling data to inform national and international policies and debate.

In calling for participation, the Secretary-General said:

“No country, no community, is able to solve the complex problems of our world alone. We need to come together, not only to talk, but to listen. It is absolutely essential that you all join the conversation. We need your opinion, your strategies and your ideas for us to be able to deliver better for the people of the world that we must serve.”

Intended to engage constituencies across borders, sectors and generations, the UN75 team is collaborating with a wide multi-sector network, including the UN Resident Coordinators, for a diverse and global reach, and for dialogues to be convened in every country of the world.

In a global listening exercise, with an emphasis on youth and groups not already engaged with the UN, the UN75 initiative aims to better understand expectations of international cooperation in light of pressing global challenges.

The views and ideas that are generated will be presented, by the Secretary-General, to world leaders and senior UN officials on September 21, 2020, at a high-level event to mark the 75th anniversary.

To inspire and inform the dialogues the UN is also partnering with Vox Media’s brand studio, Vox Creative to create a video informed by interviews with 38 people from around the world, sharing their experiences and opinions related to important global issues, to be launched January 6, 2020.

Those who want to be a part of the conversation – physically or online – can see how to join through the website:

For further information and/or to request an interview, please contact Lisa Laskaridis (

UN refugee agency welcomes move to register all births in Kazakhstan.

The country this month amended its Code on Marriage and Family to allow universal birth registration for all children regardless of the legal status of their parents.

“This will benefit children born to parents who are undocumented in Kazakhstan and people with undetermined nationality; and will also prevent children from becoming stateless in the future,” Yasuko Oda, UNHCR’s Regional Representative for Central Asia, said on Thursday.

UNHCR explained that lack of birth registration and a birth certificate can make it difficult for a person to prove where they were born, as well as family ties, thus blocking their entitlement to the nationality of any State.

While Kazakhstan has a birth registration rate of almost 100 per cent, children born to undocumented migrants and people with undetermined nationality were previously unable to have their births officially recorded.

The legislative amendments follow commitments made in October at a meeting on statelessness, where the authorities pledged to improve access to birth registration procedures.

In 2014, UNHCR launched a 10-year campaign to address statelessness called #IBelong. Since then, agency partners have identified more than 5,000 people in Kazakhstan who could be affected, many of whom were children who lacked birth registration and birth certificates.

So far, more than 1,500 have received assistance, 10 per cent of whom were children whose births were not registered because their parents were undocumented.

UNCHR says millions of people around the world are stateless, meaning they are denied basic rights and official recognition.

Although data from 78 countries puts the figure at some 3.9 million, the agency believes the number is significantly higher.

Secretary-General visits Rome and Brindisi, Italy

During a visit to Italy, the Secretary-General thanked the Government and people for their support of the United Nations, noting the wide-ranging presence of the United Nations in the country, from Rome to Brindisi, Florence, Perugia, Turin, Trieste and Venice.  In a speech to the Italian Senate on Wednesday, he provided a tour d’horizon of global challenges, including the climate crisis, unresolved conflicts, forced displacement, hatred and inequality, and stressed the need for prevention and heightened ambition for the Sustainable Development Goals.  In Brindisi on Thursday, he joined local officials in marking the 25th anniversary of the UN Global Service Centre.

Remarks at press encounter with Prime Minister:

Remarks at Italian Senate:

Remarks at Brindisi ceremony:

Remarks to press in Brindisi:


Audience with Pope Francis

At a meeting with Pope Francis on Friday, the Secretary-General described His Holiness as “a messenger for hope and humanity – for reducing human suffering and promoting human dignity”, and expressed appreciation for his “extraordinary service in promoting interfaith relations” and “highlighting the climate emergency” through the historic encyclical, ‘Laudato Si’”.  “These messages”, said the Secretary-General, “coincide with the core values of the United Nations Charter” and are needed more than ever.



Global Refugee Forum seeks greater solidarity as forced displacement grows

Discussing implementation of the landmark Global Compact on Refugees on Tuesday in Geneva, the Secretary-General noted that more than 70 million people have been forced from their homes, including 25 million refugees – the highest levels of displacement on record.  He stressed that these figures are likely to worsen in future owing to the climate crisis – and saidd that the international community “must do far more to shoulder this responsibility together”.  The Secretary-General emphasized that a spirit of humanitarian solidarity must “prevail over those who today seem so determined to extinguish it”, and that we “cannot afford to abandon refugees to hopelessness, nor their hosts to bear the responsibility alone”.

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Remarks at press conference:

Secretary-General disappointed with outcome of UN Climate Conference

The Secretary-General expressed disappointment with the results of COP25, the UN Climate Conference that ended on Sunday in Madrid.  “The international community lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation and finance to tackle the climate crisis”, he said.  But he also reiterated his determination to continue working for progress across in 2020, culminating at COP26 in the United Kingdom.

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UN Summit on Sustainable Development Goals

Press Release

UN Summit on Sustainable Development Goals kickstarts ambitious action
to deliver for people and the planet

States, businesses and civil society gear up for decisive decade for Agenda 2030

New York, 24 September 2019 – Four years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and with efforts off track for meeting its objectives, world leaders today called for a decade of ambitious action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and announced actions they are taking to advance the agenda.

In the political declaration, “Gearing up for a decade of action and delivery for sustainable development,” unanimously adopted at the opening of the UN Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals, UN Member States pledged to mobilize financing, enhance national implementation and strengthen institutions to achieve the sustainable development objectives by the target date and leave no one behind.

“The 2030 Agenda was a feat of multilateralism, and multilateralism is the only way for us to address complex global challenges faced by present and future generations,” said the President of the UN General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, who convened the summit. “A decade of action and delivery is our opportunity to fulfill the historic promise of the 2030 Agenda and ensure collective, global action and shared responsibility. We must take action – striving together, delivering for all.”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in his remarks, urged Member States to live up to their commitments and called on all sectors of society to mobilize for the 2030 Agenda. “We must step up our efforts,” he said. “Now is the time for bold leadership, both individual and collective,” he emphasized, calling for ambitious action by Member States, local authorities, and the private sector, and asking the media, academia and young people to mobilize partnerships and hold leaders to account. “We need to move together, leaving no one behind,” Guterres said.

Leaders from government, business, and civil society are gathering at UN Headquarters for a week of summits and high-level meetings focused on accelerating action on the Sustainable Development Goals. Yesterday leaders announced potentially far-reaching steps to confront climate change, including initiatives to finance and build a new generation of sustainable cities, increase energy efficiency and support sustainable climate-friendly cooling, conserve and restore marine and terrestrial ecosystems, promote regenerative agriculture and the greening of supply chains, help people secure employment, improve health, and promote gender equality.

Actions announced specifically in support of today’s SDG Summit include, among others, Brazil committing to reduce premature mortality caused by non-communicable diseases by one-third by 2030; Finland pledging to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035; the Maldives partnering with Parley for the Oceans, American Express, ABinBev and Adidas to create a nationwide framework to deliver on many of the Goals; Mexico pledging to provide access to the internet for everyone including vulnerable communities; Greece committing to green growth through circular economy; the Netherlands doubling the target number of people who gain access to justice through Dutch support in parts of Africa and the Middle East; companies from 25 countries committing to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 as part of the UN Global Compact’s ‘Business Ambition for 1.5 °C: Our Only Future’ initiative; and Project Everyone’s ‘World’s Largest Lesson’ engaging more than 500,000 students in Nigeria in learning about the Sustainable Development Goals. The full list of more than 100 acceleration actions is available here:

Countries in 2015 unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the most ambitious undertaking to transform our world to boost prosperity and ensure well-being for all while protecting the environment.

The Secretary-General’s annual progress report as well as the Global Sustainable Development Report by a group of independent scientists issued in advance of the Summit found that progress made so far is in danger of being reversed through worsening social inequalities and potentially irreversible impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.

With hunger on the rise, greenhouse gas emissions rising, and the world’s most vulnerable bearing the brunt of conflict and inequalities, the two-day SDG Summit is bringing together leaders from governments, the private sector, civil society and international organizations to help generate the ambition and impetus needed to put the world on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

For further information:
SDG Summit:
Political declaration of the SDG Summit:
Acceleration Actions registered for the SDG Summit:
Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:
Global Sustainable Development Report:
Annual SDG progress report:
UN GA high-level week:

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