The UN Sustainable Development Summit takes place at UN headquarters in New York between September 25 and 27.
More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend in order to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said about the summit:
[It] will chart a new era of sustainable development in which poverty will be eradicated, prosperity shared and the core drivers of climate change tackled.
The Summit will be the climax of a negotiating process that has spanned more than two years, involved all 193 Member States of the United Nations and has featured the unprecedented participation of major groups of society and other stakeholders.
On 2 August, Member States reached agreement on the outcome document for the summit. The theme of the summit:
Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Six interactive dialogues
The Summit will feature six interactive dialogues with the following themes:
- Ending poverty and hunger;
- Tackling inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind;
- Fostering sustainable economic growth, transformation and promoting sustainable consumption and production;
- Protecting our planet and combatting climate change;
- Building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions to achieve sustainable development;
- Delivering on a revitalised Global Partnership.
It is envisaged that each dialogue will address the three dimensions of sustainable development. There will also be scope to address in each dialogue issues such as gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, prioritising the needs of all vulnerable groups including children, older persons, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and migrants and ensuring implementation at all levels.