A new multilateralism to achieve a common future

Jul 29, 2021

Nine years are left for Member States to comply with the 2030 Agenda, and despite efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), technical and political aspects related to the implementation and accountability of the 2030 Agenda remain unresolved at the global, regional and national levels. Is it necessary a new multilateralism to achieve a common future towards sustainable development?

Cepei, together with Sightsavers and World Vision, participated as strategic partners in the 2021 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) side event, where they highlighted six key themes that must be strengthened through multilateralism: 1) leaving no one behind; 2) protecting the planet; 3) promoting peace and preventing conflict; 4) modernizing the United Nations; 5) ensuring sustainable financing; boosting partnerships; and 6) improving preparedness for future challenges and crises. In addition, they discussed the role of the HLPF and the challenges facing the SDGs due to the global impact generated by the pandemic. 


Context and objective

The civil society initiative Together 2030, of which Cepei is a member, organized a series of webinars titled Implementation series to bring together the voices of different actors and share their experiences, concerns and recommendations on the progress of the 2030 Agenda.


During the UN’s 75th Anniversary, António Guterres, UN Secretary General, highlighted the value of multilateralism as the main tool to address global challenges. 





Key points of the intervention


The 2030 Agenda brings us hope for achieving sustainable development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals to leave no one behind.


The global agenda works as a guide for countries and is the main tool for them to explain what they are doing to achieve sustainable development by 2030 and how they are going to make it happen. 


Multilateralism has changed: It is no longer a term used primarily by states or international organizations, but a democratic and open conversation among all sustainable development actors to find solutions. 

Multilateralism is no longer a term used only by states and international organizations, it is an open conversation to find solutions.

Javier Surasky, Program Officer Governance and Financing for Sustainable Development, Cepei


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