The German Federal Foreign Office and adelphi co-organized the side event “Global Resilience Agenda: A Foreign Policy Perspective on the SDGs” on 17 July 2018 at the High Level Political Forum 2018, which took place in the German Permanent Mission in New York. The event sought to deepen the understanding of the SDGs and geopolitics and the particularities of each region. A range of high-ranking officials from the UN and national governments joined the event, as well as experts from academia and civil society.
Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Restaurant of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations,
871 United Nations Plaza, New York, USA
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The side-event discussed how the SDGs under review are connected to peace and, with the look to the HLPF 2019, how they can contribute to achieving SDG16 and strengthening climate resilience (SDG13). This was done with a focus on illustrative regional and country examples, i.e. small island developing states (SIDS) and the MENA region. The aim was to provide context-specific, in-depth insights and equip various stakeholders involved in SDG-processes with conceptual knowledge and examples.
After short reflections from foreign policy makers, from national government, the United Nations as well as from civil society/academia, the discussion revolved around these questions:
Furthermore, adelphi provided a foreign policy perspective on the SDGs under review in 2018 through a think piece that argued that implementing the 2030 Agenda will affect global order and is linked to external action priorities, such as conflict prevention, stabilisation, migration, or peacebuilding.
6:30 p.m. – Introduction by Ambassador Dr. Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations
6:40 p.m. – Setting the scene: "A Foreign Policy Perspective on the SDGs"
6:50 p.m. – The implications of the SDGs for peace and geopolitics
7:15 p.m. – Open floor discussion
7:55 p.m. – Closing remarks
The event was moderated by Mr. Alexander Carius, Managing Director of adelphi.
This side event was targeted at high-level decision-makers and participants in the High-Level Political Forum (delegations and stakeholders).