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Next steps

Wednesday 06 – Friday 08 March 2024 | WP3380


While the significant challenge of delivering the SDGs by 2030 is acknowledged, there is a real sense of radical optimism and enthusiasm for what can be achieved. The universality and global consensus around the SDGs have stood the test of time and they remain a powerful framework to work together in solidarity to drive sustainable development.

We must collectively share this hopeful narrative, significant SDG progress has already been made, and through joint action we can accelerate delivery over the next six years. In particular we should share, highlight and celebrate SDG success stories and lessons learnt from country partners, as these are critical to demonstrate progress and driving continued momentum. Through collaboration and partnerships these messages can be amplified from the local to the global level.

We should increase the visibility of the SDGs across the whole of society – governments, civil society organisations, local communities and the private sector. This is vital for progress. Citizens understanding how SDGs impact their lives can have a multiplier effect on progress. Engaged and informed citizens are more likely to demand higher standards and hold governments and companies to account, and thus providing an incentive mechanism for action towards the goals.

We need to continue to build and utilise the evidence base for what works to accelerate SDG delivery, collaborating across sectors to harness the power of data and technology. By intentionally design programmes, policies and investments that have a synergistic or multiplier approach we can turbocharge SDG delivery.

“We need hope rather than optimism – optimism is passive, hope is active and engaged”

If we are to achieve the SDGs, it is clear we must work in partnership to deliver more money, better spent. There are multiple development-focused moments and international summits throughout 2024 and beyond. This coalition should collectively drive momentum on achieving the SDGs and champion initiatives and policy solutions that will turbocharge delivery.

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