World leaders descended upon New York last week for discussions on a wide range of global development issues at the United Nations General Assembly. Peacebuilding, migration, climate change, and accelerating political momentum for the Sustainable Development Goals were among the six priority areas on the agenda.
The SDGs were the central theme of conversations throughout the week as a reminder to governments and other sectors of their commitments to achieve these goals by 2030. Since the adoption of the SDGs two years ago, they have become integral to the work of all U.N. agencies — but perhaps none more so than its lead development agency, United Nations Development Program. The 17 goals guide the agency in its policy and funding decisions as it strives to implement them in its work.