Above: Geneva, Switzerland. Image by Mathias Reding.
As we enter the new year with the possibility of taking significant steps towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, we eagerly anticipate the impactful events being hosted by the United Nations. Amidst compounding global challenges, the UN and its affiliated offices are hosting conventions and discussions throughout the year, bringing together impassioned change-makers who are committed to creating a positive impact. Read below details for 9 key events taking place around the globe.
MARCH 11 - 24 | 68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68)
The sixty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will prioritize the acceleration of gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls. The session will spotlight poverty, strengthening institutions, and financing through a gender perspective. Attendees from all regions of the world, including representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are invited to contribute to the session. Read more on the details and side events happening here.
The ninth annual Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will be convened by the UN President of the Economic and Social Council, Her Excellency Paula Narváez. The theme for the STI Forum 2024 is: “Science, technology and innovation for reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions.” Read more about the details of the event here.
MAY 27 - 30 | 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4)
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are facing multiple converging crises including climate change, the economic and social repercussions of COVID-19, and a crisis of debt. The global Covid-19 pandemic had a significant impact on all island nations, especially those that relied on tourism. Global lockdowns left large holes in these nations’ public funds and set back advancements being taken towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, climate-change related disasters are on the rise, with island nations both most vulnerable and least responsible. This year, the international community will gather in St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, to review SIDS’ sustainable development progress and propose new partnerships and solutions to help them achieve resilient prosperity in the coming decade. Register to participate and read more about the event here.
JUNE 18 - 21 | 3rd United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDC3)
Kigali, Rwanda will be the host of the third UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), and will provide a space and opportunity for stakeholders to explore innovative solutions and strategic partnerships for the empowerment of LLDCs. Read more about the conference details here.
JULY 8 - 18 | High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)
This year’s annual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will be a critical moment to review progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and assess the steps needed to accelerate action. The theme of the HLPF 2024 is: “Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions”. In focus at the HLPF will be the following Goals: SDG 1, end poverty in all its forms everywhere; SDG 2, end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture; SDG 3, take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; SDG 16, promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels; and SDG 17, strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. Read more about the details of the event here.
SEPTEMBER 22 - 23 | Summit of the Future
The Summit of the Future is a high-level forum which will bring world leaders together to deliver a new international consensus on how we create a better present and safeguard the future. The focus of the Summit is “How” - How do we cooperate better to deliver on the above aspiration and goals? How do we better meet the needs of the present while also preparing for the challenges of the future? This collaborative will converge global stakeholders and demonstrate that international cooperation can effectively address current challenges, as well as those that have arisen in recent years or may arise in the future. Read more about the event details here.
OCTOBER 21 - NOVEMBER 1 | Biodiversity Conference (COP 16)
This year, Colombia will host the 16th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity. This will be the first biodiversity COP since the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework in 2022, at which governments will provide updates on the implementation of the Framework. More details on the conference can be read here.
NOVEMBER 11 - 24 | Climate Change Conference (COP29)
Leaders from around the world will converge in Azerbaijan for the 2024 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 29). After the approval of a roadmap for transitioning away from fossil fuels – a first for a UN Climate Conference – the 29th session will be an opportunity to review progress and address further climate change issues. Read more about the details of COP29 here.
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