The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development

In September 2015, at the United Nations General Assembly, countries around the world signed up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

World leaders committed to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The 2030 Agenda, together Paris Agreement on Climate Change, are the roadmap to a better world and the global framework for international cooperation on sustainable development and its economic, social, environmental and governance dimensions.

The importance of consistently progressing towards the SDGs and engaging with partner countries and civil society as well as the Union’s representation at high-level international fora, including the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, is crucial to advance the EU’s commitment to and leadership in sustainable development, as well as addressing the impact of COVID-19 globally.

Sustainable development goals

High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The High Level Political Forum is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development. It has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on a global level.

2021: Sustainable Development Goals as a compass for Europe’s recovery

The meeting of the HLPF in 2021 will be held from 6 to 15 July 2021, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council.

In the context of the High-Level Political Forum, the EU will organise a side event on 14 July 2021 that will centre on using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a compass for Europe’s recovery and building a better future through a new growth model. The event will take stock of EU action in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, underscoring its whole of government approach, the global perspectives for recovery and the need for a strong global partnership, and look ahead to the opportunities and how to best address the many interconnected challenges of a sustainable recovery at all levels.

The European Commission is committed to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and puts the Green Deal at the centre of its recovery efforts. Join Commissioners Urpilainen and Gentiloni and explore the success stories, challenges and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic as Europe recovers.

High Level Political Forum 2020

The meeting of the High Level Political Forum on sustainable development in 2020 was held from 7 to 16 July 2020, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. This included the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from 14 to 16 July 2020.

The theme was "Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development".

In the 2020 High Level Political Forum, participants debated where we stand on the SDGs in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. They reflected on how the international community can respond to the pandemic in a way that puts us back on track to achieve the SDGs and accelerate progress during the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.

Sustainable Development Goals Moment 2020

Convened by the UN Secretary-General, the first SDG Moment of the Decade of Action was held virtually on Friday, 18 September 2020.

With only 10 years left to achieve the 2030 Agenda, the world is not on track and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities even further, sometimes reversing the progress made on certain goals. Climate change, gender inequality, and poverty are the most pressing issues and political will and ambition will be needed in order to recover better.

High Level Political Forum 2019

The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2019 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council from 9 to 18 July 2019. This included the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from 16 to 18 July 2019.

On 18 July 2019, the Commission organised a high-level event at the High Level Political Forum in New York where it presented the EU’s approach including