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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Virtual Dialogue between the Independent Group of Scientists (IGS) for the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) and representatives from the private sector

Fri 03 Mar 2023, 10.00 am
Virtual United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with United Nations Global Compact, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, International Organisation of Employers and the International Chamber of Commerce


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2023 marks the mid-point of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 accompanying Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2023 SDG Summit, to be held in September 2023 during the high-level week of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, will be an opportunity to take stock, provide policy guidance, consider new challenges, and further mobilize action to accelerate progress on the SDGs. The Summit will adopt a political declaration as its outcome document. The forthcoming 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) will be an important instrument to inform the intergovernmental deliberation.

The 2023 GSDR is being prepared by an Independent Group of Scientists (IGS) appointed by the Secretary General. An initial draft of the report has been circulated through formal channels with the Permanent Missions, Major Groups and Other Stakeholders, and UN Task Team members for comments at the end of January. Building on feedback received, a further revised draft is expected to be made available towards the end of March to inform the intergovernmental deliberations on the political declaration to be adopted at the 2023 SDG Summit in September.

This virtual dialogue aims to provide an opportunity for informal exchange to seek private-sector-specific feedback to further inform the revision of the 2023 GSDR. The IGS will present preliminary findings and collect perspectives from the private sector on specific priorities, challenges, and opportunities to achieve the SDGs, as well as inputs on scalable, practical tools to accelerate progress. It will also help the IGS identify case studies that can breathe life into the report and help identify concrete policy recommendations that have the potential to enable the private sector to contribute more effectively to the implementation of the SDGs. 


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