With eight (8) years left before the deadline of the 2030 Agenda, it is imperative to accelerate progress and implement the Sustainable Development Goals now more than ever. The SDGs and its targets are integrated and indivisible, global, and universally applicable. They take into account different national realities, capacities, and levels of development, and respect national policies and priorities. These are anchored on the principles of ownership, national determination, and inclusivity.
The Philippines has been a firm advocate of the SDGs since its formal establishment in 2015. In the following years, the Philippines has shown its unfaltering cooperation as a part of a global community working in unison on the shared commitment of achieving the 17 global goals. While substantive progress has been made in all three pillars of sustainable development, far more needs to be done to achieve the Goals and leave no one behind.
The SDGs are cross-cutting in nature and has a central role in the economic and social transformation of the country’s future. It is therefore essential that a multi-stakeholder conversation on the SDGs at the national level be initiated to spur cooperation and partnerships towards the goals. The first Philippine SDG Summit provides this avenue, planting the seeds for meaningful partnerships between government and non-government actors, while engaging
women, the youth, and other vulnerable sectors of society to promote the goals.
The SDG Summit celebrates the journey the country has started in 2015. It will showcase the achievements as well as challenges the country has faced in achieving the 2030 Agenda. It encourages frank and open discussion with different partners to solve gaps and accelerate best-practices on the SDGs. Most of all, the SDG Summit is a venue to find synergies and forge cooperation in a bid to further expedite the Philippines’ achievement of the SDGs.
The event is a two-day forum where panel discussions hosted by both government and non-government actors will be held. It will be attended by key government agencies working on the SDGs as well as a variety of stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, academia, and vulnerable groups.
What is the purpose of the SDG Summit? The SDG Summit aims to raise awareness on the SDGs, encourage conversation on challenges and best-practices on SDG implementation, and gather all stakeholders interested in sustainable development.
Who will be at the SDG Summit? The summit will convene representatives from various institutions and stakeholders involved in the implementation of the SDGs. An estimated 300 participants from the following institutions are expected to join the event.