United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

2017 Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF)


The 2017 SDTF was convened from 30 October - 1 November 2017 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The forum was build on its 2016 outcomes and insights and helped to create a bridge between the 2017 High Level Political Forum's thematic focus of "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world" and the 2018 HLPF thematic focus of "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies" including the HLPF's attention in 2018 to SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption), and SDG 15 (Life on Land).

The objectives of the 2017 SDTF were to achieve a better understanding of successes, lessons and specific mechanisms for initiating and fostering the profound transformation that is urgently needed to make our societies sustainable and resilient, as expressed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While discussing the specific thematic foci and selected SDGs of the 2017 and 2018 HLPFs, the 2017 SDTF seeked to achieve the right balance between the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development throughout the different sessions of the Forum. The event accomodated over 130 participants from Governments, UN Agencies, Think Tanks, Development Banks and Academic institutions from around the world.

To achieve the Forum's objectives, six sessions will be convened as described below:
Transformation Towards Sustainable Societies
Mainstreaming and Monitoring the SDGs
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDGs and Finance
Transformation Towards Resilient Societies
Exploring the SDG Nexus