Climate Change
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09 July, 2019
Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations

HLPF Side Event - Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda

Foreign policy actors will need to help manage the profound shifts in the international order resulting from the transformation towards a sustainable future. The relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to foreign policy and international security and how the the 2030 Agenda will be able to bring them together in constructive dialogue will be discussed at this side event. Access the agenda here.

The essence of the SDGs – greater welfare, security and sustainability for all – aligns with core foreign policy objectives. But questions still remain: What is the role of foreign policy in the global sustainability architecture? And what are the fields of engagement and areas of cooperation under a new “Sustainable Foreign Policy”? The side event will address these questions with the goal of better understanding how to leverage the SDGs to achieve core foreign policy objectives. The discussion will examine how foreign policy can support SDG implementation with a focus on the SDGs under review at the 2019 High-Level Political Forum. It will also explore the SDGs’ links to peace and security and highlight broader implications for geopolitics. The discussion will draw on a recent study on the connections between the SDGs and foreign and security policy (“Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda”).



  • Welcoming remarks by H.E. Dr. Christoph Heusgen, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations
  • Panel discussion with:
    • H.E. Dr. Sima Bahous (tbc), Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations
    • H.E. Mr. Jürg Lauber, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations
    • Ms. Anne Hammill, Director, Resilience, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
    • Ms. Jimena Roesch, Senior Fellow at the International Peace Institute (IPI); former Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Guatemala to the UN and lead negotiator in the negotiations for the SDGs and UN climate change policy
    • Mr. David Steven, Senior Fellow and Associate Director, Center on  International Cooperation at New York University (CIC-NYU)
  • Moderated by Mr. Oli Brown, Chatham House


This side event is targeted at political decision-makers participating in the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2019.

  • Date: Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Venue: Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations; 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY

Light lunch and refreshments will be available before the event.