The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, from 15 to 30 September 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the UN. As the world continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic, this UN General Assembly had also become the first in its history to be held virtually, with minimal in-person participation at the UN Headquarters in New York City. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery, progress on the SDGs, the climate crisis, and measures to address inequalities were among the most pressing themes to be tackled. Concurrently, major events in the environment and sustainability space were taken place, including Climate Week NYC (21-27 September) and the UN Biodiversity Summit (30 September).
This webpage collates IGES activities and outputs related to the UN General Assembly and/or its key issues, featuring relevant publications and websites that offer greater insight.
Reflections on the 75th Session of United Nations General Assembly (Abridged)Eric Zusman, Research Director at IGES' Sustainability Governance Centre, reflects on the UNGA75 and offers the main takeaways from the sessions in his short video commentary, outlining the five interrelated crises of focus. In an extended version of this video, he explains the background of this year’s UNGA and offers perspectives on highlights including China’s announcement that it will aim towards carbon neutrality by 2060.
Events & Activities
Report on the United Nations High-Level Political Forum 2020: Japan's Role in Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Achievement of the SDGs
E-learning: Greening Voluntary National Reviews and National Sustainable Development Goal Strategies
Are you a policymaker hoping to strengthen the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in your country or city? Do you work for a civil society organisation or business and want to know more about how governments can green the SDGs? If so, please join this free online e-learning class created by IGES, in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The class consists of three parts: 1) essential background on the SDGs; 2) understanding environmental dimensions of the SDGs; and 3) means of implementation for the environmental dimensions of the SDGs.
Signup Deadline: 15 October 2020