UNIDO at UN75

The 75th regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 75) opened on 15 September 2020. In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Heads of State and Government, Ministers, international organizations, representatives of the private sector, academia and civil society will convene in a virtual format, broadcast live and on-demand on UN Web TV.

During the high-level weeks of UNGA 75, UNIDO will contribute to discussions on how to accelerate the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs during the Decade of Action, through inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID).

The overview below informs about selected highlights.

The Journal of the United Nations and an overview of high-level events inform about official meetings. Additional side events organized by the UN family and its partners are accessible here.

  • 18 September 2020 – SDG Moment
  • 18 September 2020 – FAO Event on Green cities
  • 19 September 2020 - Global Broadcast: “Nations United”
  • 21 September 2020 – High-Level Meeting on UN75
  • 21 September 2020 – Global Leader Roundtables of the Private Sector Forum
  • 22 September 2020 – 11th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM11)
  • 22-24 September 2020 - SDG Action Zone
  • 22-25 September 2020 - General Debate of the 74th Session
  • 23 September - Annual Ministerial Meeting of Landlocked Developing Countries' Foreign Ministers
  • 24 September 2020 – High-level Roundtable on Climate Action
  • 29 September 2020 – High-level Event on Financing for Development
  • 30 September 2020 – Accelerating the end of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 30 September 2020 – Summit on Biodiversity
  • 1 October 2020 – High-level Meeting on Beijing+25
  • UN75

    When: 18 September 2020 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm CEST

    Organizer: Secretary-General António Guterres

    Description of the Event: The UN Secretary-General is for the first time convening the annual SDG Moment, as mandated by the outcome document of the 2019 SDG  Summit, to set out a vision for a Decade of Action and recovering better from COVID-19; provide a snapshot on SDG progress today; highlight plans and actions to tackle major implementation gaps; and demonstrate the power and impact of action and innovation by SDG stakeholders.

    Where: Find more information here. The SDG Moment will be broadcast live on UN Web TV.

  • fao

    When: 18 September 2020 at 6:00 - 8:00 pm CEST

    Theme: Green cities to build back better for SDGs - A new powerful venture

    Organizer: FAO

    Description of the Event: The virtual event will launch the “FAO Green Cities Action Programme”, a new initiative focusing on small, intermediate and metropolitan cities that aims to improve people’s wellbeing through increased availability of and access to products and services provided by green spaces, including urban and peri-urban forestry, agriculture and by sustainable food systems. The High-Level event will kick-off a dialogue with key actors at national and international level and will be an opportunity to call on cities, donors and partners to join the initiative.

    UNIDO Director General LI Yong will contribute to the event as a speaker.

    Where: Register here.

  • Global Broadcast: “Nations United”

    When: 19 September 2020 at 3:00 pm CEST

    What: On the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals – in the midst of a pandemic radically transforming our economies and societies – this 30-minute film tells the story of the world as it is, as it was, and as it could be. Directed by renowned film maker Richard Curtis and produced by the documentary film company 72 Films, “Nations United” will present the facts, data, and opportunities we have as a human family to reimagine and reshape the future. The film will be broadcast on numerous television channels, radio stations and streaming services around the world, premiering on the UN YouTube channel on 19 September.

    Where: More information is available here.

  • High-Level Meeting on UN75

    When: 21 September 2020 at 3:00 pm - 3:00 am CEST

    Organizer: United Nations

    Description of the Event: Under the theme, “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism,” this General Assembly meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations aims to present the outcomes of the UN75 initiative -- the world's largest conversation, launched in January 2020 to gather public opinion and crowdsource solutions to global challenges – and discuss how to take forward the findings for building a better world for all.

    Where: More information is available here.

  • UNGC

    When: 21 September 2020 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm CEST

    Organizer: UN Global Compact 

    Description of the Event: The Private Sector Forum, this year part of the “Uniting Business LIVE” event series will include Global Leader Roundtables (“Roundtables”) to provide a virtual platform for CEOs and UN principals to engage in high-level discussion on their respective commitments to strengthening global cooperation, inclusive multilateralism, peace and justice, human rights and labour rights.

    The Roundtables will be hosted virtually comprised exclusively of CEOs/C-suite, UN principals, and select NGO leaders. The Roundtables will take place simultaneously, and will each include up to six participants. As part of the pivot to an inclusive digital format, the UN Private Sector Forum Roundtables will be livestreamed for the very first time – giving a global audience of business professionals and other stakeholders the chance to observe the high-level conversations.

    Please be informed that UNIDO will be actively involved in this event.

    Where: Register here.

  • CEM11

    When: 22 September 2020 at 13:00 pm - 16:15 pm CEST

    Theme: “Supporting the Recovery, Shaping the Future”

    Description of the Event: The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) brings together a community of the world's largest and leading countries, companies and international experts to achieve one mission – accelerate clean energy transitions.

    The 11th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM11) convenes at a critical moment to consider the role of clean energy in supporting a rapid, sustainable recovery, and the role of the CEM community in shaping the next clean energy decade. The meeting will seek to achieve outcomes that support the recovery, shape the future, and showcase action. All participants are urged to “bring actions not words” – focusing on positive, action-oriented contributions that raise ambition and accelerate clean energy transitions.

    This ministerial meeting will be the climax of the CEM11 programme, as well as the first in a bumper week of international energy meetings that culminates with the G20 Energy Ministerial. It will be all-virtual, all-livecast, and open to all viewers – providing a perfect platform for all to demonstrate clean energy leadership.

    UNIDO Director General LI Yong will contribute to the event as a speaker.

    Where: More information is available here.

  • SDG Action Zone

    When: 22-24 September 2020 at 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm CEST

    What: The all-virtual SDG Action Zone will provide a space for open, transparent, and inclusive multi-stakeholder engagement and global audience participation during the UN General Assembly’s high-level week. Conversations, talks and debates with leading thinkers, activists and creators from across regions, sectors and generations will highlight critical areas to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals in a programme focused on inspiring the transformative change so needed for people and our planet. 

    Where: More information is available here.

  • General Debate of the 74th Session

    When: 22 - 26 September and 29 September

    Description of the Event: The General Debate, held at the beginning of each session of the General Assembly, provides an opportunity for world leaders to deliver a statement on global issues. This year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Member and Observer States submit pre-recorded video statements. The theme for this 75th General Debate is “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism – confronting COVID-19 through effective multilateral action.”

    Where: More information is available here.

  • Annual Ministerial Meeting of Landlocked Developing Countries' Foreign Ministers

    When:  23 September 2020 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm CEST

    Theme: Partnering for accelerated implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action and achieving sustainable development in LLDCs in the era of COVID-19

    Description of the Event: Foreign Ministers of all LLDCs will gather at the 2020 United Nations General Assembly to agree priorities to be implemented in the remaining five years of the Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA). Strengthening partnerships, in particular between LLDCs, transit countries, development partners, relevant UN agencies and other international organisations and the private sector, will be fundamental to achieve the VPoA targets and SDGs, given the unprecedented socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The meeting will adopt a Ministerial Declaration of the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries as well as the UN Roadmap for Accelerated Implementation of the VPoA. 

    UNIDO Director General LI Yong will contribute to the event as a speaker.

    Where: More information is available here.

  • High-level Roundtable on Climate Action

    When: 24 September at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CEST 

    Organizer: Secretary-General António Guterres

    Description of the Event: This roundtable event convened by the UN Secretary-General will showcase high-impact solutions by governments and real economy leaders, in line with the Secretary-General’s six climate-positive actions to recover better together. The event will show the vast social and economic benefits of a sustainable recovery and of action to limit global warming to 1.5°C by achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and ensure that people and planet are fully protected from climate change impacts. This Roundtable will also jump-start an ambition arc that will take us to the Fifth Anniversary of the Paris Agreement on 12 December, when governments are expected to present ambitious and quality climate plans (the Nationally Determined Contributions – NDCs – and Long-Term Strategies), all the way to COP26 in November 2021.

    Where: More information is available here.

  • High-level Event on Financing for Development

    When: 29 September 2020 at 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm CEST

    Organizer: Secretary-General António Guterres

    Description of the Event: This high-level event convened by the UN Secretary-General and the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica aims to articulate a coordinated and comprehensive multilateral response to the urgent financing for development crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Heads of State and Government are expected to adopt an ambitious menu of policy options for countries to recover in the short term, mobilize the financial resources to achieve the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, review the global financial architecture to deliver the global standards and align with the SDGs, and strengthen the resilience and sustainability of countries over the medium to long term.

    Where: More information is available here.

  • Accelerating the end of the COVID-19 pandemic

    When: 30 September 2020 at 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm CEST

    Theme: Taking new solutions to scale to save lives, protect health systems and restart the global economy

    Organizer: World Health Organization (WHO)

    Description of the Event: The high-level side event hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Kingdom, South Africa, and  the UN Secretary-General, aims to build stronger political consensus for a coordinated global response to COVID-19 and champion the importance and urgency of equitable access to new tools, especially effective vaccines. It also seeks to catalyze a step-change in support for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), the most promising solution for global equitable access to the tools needed to accelerate the end of the pandemic.

    Where: More information is available here.

  • Summit on Biodiversity

    When: 20 September 2020 at 4:00 pm - 12:00 am CEST

    Organizers: President of the UN General Assembly

    Description of the Event: The UN Summit on Biodiversity convened by the President of the UN General Assembly aims to provide political direction and momentum for the development of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The event will also demonstrate ambition and commitment to accelerate action on biodiversity for sustainable development, highlight the connections between biodiversity, societies and economies, and showcase biodiversity’s multiple and essential contributions to sustainable development.

    Where: More information is available here.

  • High-level Meeting on Beijing+25

    When: 1 October 2020 at 3:00 pm - 1:00 am CEST

    Organizer: United Nations 

    Description of the Event: Under the theme, “Accelerating the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls", the General Assembly will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW), which took place in Beijing, China in September 1995. The meeting aims to demonstrate the political will and leadership that will bring about the transformative change needed to address root causes, structural barriers, discriminatory practices and social norms that underpin discrimination and inequality. The event will also showcase concrete actions, plans and commitments to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by 2030, including in support of the role of civil society organizations and youth.

    Where: More information is available here and here.

In January 2020, the UN Secretary-General launched the UN75 initiative, not as a celebration, but as the world's largest conversation about current global challenges, and the gap between the future we want and where we are headed if current trends continue.

To date, over 1 million people have taken the UN75 one-minute survey in all UN Member and Observer States and more than 1,000 dialogues have been held in 82 countries across the world. Deadline to send your answers is 31 December 2020!

Midterm results of the survey are available here.

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