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UNECE and the SDGs



UNECE supports countries in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) thanks to its role as a platform for governments to cooperate and engage with all stakeholders on norms, standards and conventions, its unique convening power across the region, its multisectoral approach to tackle the interconnected challenges of sustainable development in an integrated manner and its transboundary focus, which helps devise solutions to shared challenges.

In focus

In times of multiple crises, the 2023 UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development carved out a space for discussion on how to accelerate SDG progress in challenging circumstances, and for networking and partnerships among participants. 

The 2023 RFSD brought together over 1,000 participants from governments, academia, businesses, youth and civil society to scale up transformative action for the SDGs in the region in view of multiple crises. The forum took place on 29 – 30 March, with over 30 side events and pre-meetings from youth and civil society kicking off in the days before. The Forum’s High-level Policy Segment, Plenary Sessions and Peer Learning Round Tables placed particular focus on SDGs 6, 7, 9, 11 and 17. The Co-Chairs’ summary of the Forum provides the region’s official input for the 2023 High-level Political Forum. The outcomes also feed into the SDG Summit in September 2023, marking the mid-point of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.