Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Sustainable Transformation
Global Issues
09 July, 2019
Permanent Mission of Germany to the United States

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.

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”), authored by experts from international think tanks and organizations including the Pathfinders, OECD, adelphi and IISD, and supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • How can diplomats use the SDGs in negotiations, advocacy, programming and strategy development?
  • How can diplomacy help manage trade-offs and enhance synergies between individual SDGs?
  • How can coordinated SDG implementation prevent violence in fragile states and facilitate peace?

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, 1:15 – 2:45 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. 

Please register no later than 30 June 2019.