Ranil Wickremesinghe Joins UN 2023 SDG Summit to Foster Global Collaboration for Sustainable Development
President Ranil Wickremesinghe represented Sri Lanka at the United Nations 2023 SDG Summit, a prominent event focused on sustainable development. The summit, held as part of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), convened world leaders under the theme “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress, and sustainability for all.” This pivotal gathering took place from September 18 to 21 in the United States.
Hosted at the UN headquarters in New York during the high-level week of the UNGA, the SDG Summit sought to bring together heads of state and government to address critical issues. As the world reaches the midpoint of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, leaders were tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They were also expected to respond to the complex challenges posed by climate disasters, conflicts, economic downturns, and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The United Nations emphasized that, for the first time in decades, development progress has regressed due to these multifaceted crises. Consequently, the SDG Summit served as a call to action, urging world leaders to unite, assess the current status, and commit to more transformative and accelerated actions leading up to 2030.
This summit was a focal point of the UNGA’s high-level week, aiming to address the world’s interconnected challenges and reignite hope, optimism, and enthusiasm for the 2030 Agenda. It offered nations, both individually and collectively, the opportunity to chart a sustainable development course, emphasizing inclusivity and leaving no one behind.
The United Nations stressed that the international community should seize this moment to enact substantial transformations in how societies produce, consume, and distribute benefits and risks. The SDG Summit had a forward-looking, action-oriented approach, intended to accelerate global efforts to enhance people’s lives and rekindle the spirit of hope, optimism, and enthusiasm that characterized the adoption of the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. Its expected outcome document was a concise, action-focused political declaration.