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HLPF 2022 Side Event: Leveraging interlinkages among the SDGs to realize the 2030 Agenda and build back better from COVID-19

Moira V Faul, Executive Director of NORRAG, will speak on 11 July 2022 at a virtual side event of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2022). This side event will take place after the thematic sessions on individual goals (5-8 July), thus providing an opportunity to assess how well these interlinkages are currently understood and utilized in SDG implementation and in the discussions at the HLPF.

The side event is organised by the Division for Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA/DSDG), together with UNESCO, UN-Women, UNFPA, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the secretariat for the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

In preparation for the 2022 HLPF, these partners organized thematic Expert Group Meetings (EGM) on the SDGs under review (SDG 4, 5, 14, 15, 17). These meetings highlighted that in addition to taking stock of progress toward each of the SDGs, understanding interactions and interconnectedness among the Goals will be crucial to realizing the Goals on the ground, as is also highlighted in NORRAG’s strategic theme on education and the SDGs.  Discussions also underscored how leveraging interlinkages can help attain overarching objectives such as risk reduction, resilience, inclusion and sustainability as countries strive to build back better from COVID-19 working across silos and in consultation with affected people.

Side event participants will be challenged to reach beyond their respective areas of expertise to explore interactions across the goals and targets in focus at the HLPF 2022 as well as with the rest of the 2030 Agenda. They will be invited to assess, what key interlinkages would benefit from additional focus, and also to produce recommendations on new and innovative ways in which diverse actors can work together towards these ends.

The side event will be held on the Zoom platform in English.

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