4 things you should know about UN DESA’s SDG Pavilion at COP27

 Our world is on fire; drying up and flooding – all at the very same time. The climate crisis is a reality and the need for action is more urgent than ever. To navigate our way out of this dangerous predicament, the global community has the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At the SDG Pavilion at COP27, UN DESA will showcase how the goals can make all the difference. Here are 4 things you should know.

  1. Climate and SDG action go hand in hand

The many links between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change show that integrated implementation of both is critical for accelerating progress towards a zero-carbon future.

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To strengthen the synergies between these two frameworks, share best practices and ensure that work towards both avoids duplication, UN DESA is hosting the SDG Pavilion at COP27—the UN Climate Change Conference—this month in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

  1. More ambitious than ever with over 100 events

This year, the SDG Pavilion is more ambitious than ever.

From 8 to 18 November, the Pavilion will host over one hundred events, including report launches, interviews with experts and panel discussions that spotlight the intersection of climate change and energy, gender equality, forests, the ocean and more.

Many events will be held as hybrid virtual and in-person conversations or streamed on UN DESA’s main Facebook page and the SustDev Facebook page.

  1. Platform brings actors together for people and planet

COP27 marks the fourth time UN DESA has organized the Pavilion. This year’s Pavilion will build on the outcomes of the 3rd Global Climate-SDG Synergies Conference – co-convened by UN DESA and UNFCCC in July 2022.

It will feature two event spaces – a mainstage with seating for 45 people, and a more intimate social media stage for one-on-one conversations.

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The aim of the SDG Pavilion is to provide a platform for practitioners and experts across all sectors and levels to share experiences, lessons learned, best practices, and ideas for better policies to advance implementation of SDG 13 on Climate Action and the rest of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  1. UN Secretary-General to inaugurate the SDG Pavilion on 8 November

UN DESA chief Under-Secretary-General Li Junhua, attending COP for the first time in his new role, will participate in several discussions in the SDG Pavilion and around the conference.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is set to inaugurate the SDG Pavilion with Mr. Li on 8 November, with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Simon Stiell, in one highlight on the schedule.

Informal Leaders’ Roundtable on Climate Action

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It is noteworthy In the lead up to COP27, to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt, hosted an informal Leaders’ Roundtable on Climate Action, bringing together a small but diverse and representative group of Heads of State and Government during the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly. 

The roundtable facilitated a frank and informal exchange between world leaders as climate impacts worsen around the world and carbon emissions continue to climb to a record all-time high, hitting vulnerable communities the hardest.

Amidst this worsening crisis, the roundtable took stock of actions taken by governments to date to fulfill and strengthen commitments made at and before COP26 in Glasgow. It also highlighted the significant gaps on climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience, climate finance, as well as loss and damage.  

The event aimed to build a common understanding on how world leaders can strengthen international cooperation and re-energize the multilateral system to deliver demonstrable progress through a successful outcome at COP27 that will help to bridge these gaps

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