The SDG Moment is an annual event mandated by Heads of State and Government in the political declaration of the 2019 SDG Summit.
Each year's SDG Moment will build on the most recent HLPF session, highlight shortfalls in implementation and investment, and showcase interventions underway to increase action.
In a briefing to Member States, the UN Deputy Secretary-General outlined the criteria for selecting the 20 Heads of State and Government to speak each year.
UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed briefed Member States on the ‘SDG Moment’ to be convened by the UN Secretary-General in September 2020. The SDG Moment is an annual event mandated by Heads of State and Government in the political declaration of the 2019 SDG Summit. It will take place as part of every high-level week of the UN General Assembly from 2020 to 2030.
Speaking on 6 August 2020, Mohammed reminded delegates that the Moment is meant to serve as an “annual SDG check-in” and snapshot of progress, rather than a comprehensive picture of implementation. It will build on the most recent HLPF session, highlight shortfalls in implementation and investment, and showcase interventions underway to increase action.
On the format, she said approximately 20 Heads of State and Government will be able to speak each year, with a three-minute slot. This ensures that all Member States can address the SDG Moment at least once in the coming 11 years.
Mohammed said the proposed criteria for participation each year would require States to: be represented at the level of Head of State or Government; have completed at least one Voluntary National Review (VNR); and commit to discussing their implementation gaps as well as plans for filling those gaps. The line-up for each year also needs to ensure regional representation, gender balance, and representation of countries’ different circumstances.
In 2020, the SDG Moment will take place for three hours on the morning of Friday, 18 September. She said most statements will be delivered virtually, although the possibility of a hybrid format is being considered.
As next steps, the regional groups of Member States will be asked to nominate States to speak in September 2020. Nominees are requested by 21 August. [Briefing of UN Deputy Secretary-General] [SDG Knowledge Hub story on announcement of SDG Moments, September 2019]