WEF SDI meeting amid ‘polycrisis’

The World Economic Forum’s annual Sustainable Development Impact Meetings are to be held in New York between 18-22 September.

The purpose is stated tracking progress on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and will be attended by leaders from politics, business and civil society for a series of impact-driven dialogues on tackling the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the 17 goals designed for a better world by 2030.

Coming at a point of ‘polycrisis’ of interrelated risks affecting the world today and at the end of a record-breaking summer of heat in the Northern Hemisphere, the meeting is a pivotal moment along the line of progress, 2023 marking the halfway point of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which will be under discussion at the UN General Assembly.

The United Nations Secretary-General warned that “the era of global boiling has arrived” as wildfires spread around the Mediterranean in July, while severe drought has slowed passage through the Panama Canal, threatening 40 per cent of the world's cargo ship traffic and in the US, Hurricane Idalia swept through Florida.

Subjects to be discussed include the global economy and global development, food value chains in Africa, the rise of an AI workforce, tech and the SDG Gap, innovation for decarbonisation, and from aid dependency to sustainable investments.

Programme link here.

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