In preparation for the 2022 HLPF, the Division for Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA/DSDG), together with UNESCO, UN-Women, UNFPA, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the secretariat for the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO, organized thematic Expert Group Meetings (EGM) on SDGs under review.
These meetings highlighted that in addition to taking stock of progress toward each of the SDGs, understanding interactions and interconnectedness among the Goals will be crucial to realizing the Goals on the ground. Discussions also underscored how leveraging interlinkages can help attain overarching objectives such as risk reduction, resilience, inclusion and sustainability as countries strive to build back better from COVID-19 working across siloes and in consultation with affected people.
The interlinkages will also be addressed during the HLPF official sessions on individual goals. This side event will take place after the thematic sessions on individual goals and will hence provide an opportunity to assess how well these interlinkages are currently understood and utilized in SDG implementation and in the discussions at the HLPF.
Side event participants will be challenged to reach beyond their respective areas of expertise to explore interactions across goals and targets in focus at the HLPF 2022 as well as with the rest of the 2030 Agenda. They will be invited to assess, what key interlinkages would benefit from additional focus, and also to produce recommendations on new and innovative ways in which diverse actors can work together towards these ends.
The side event will be held on the Zoom platform in English.