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HLPF Side Event: Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda

The relevance of the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to
foreign policy and international security

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations,

871 United Nations Plaza, New York, Auditorium

This side event is targeted at political decision makers participating in the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2019



The challenges facing the international community are growing while the willingness to cooperate seems to be waning. Foreign policy must help bridge that gap. One way of doing this is by actively supporting a major achievement of multilateralism: the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The essence of the SDGs – greater welfare, security and sustainability for all – aligns with core foreign policy objectives. Beyond shared objectives, foreign policy also has a critical role to play in helping achieve synergies between different dimensions of sustainable development. Foreign policy actors stand out in their ability to shape successful intrinsically political processes, which often depends on cooperation. Moreover, foreign policy actors need to help manage the profound shifts in the international order that transformation towards a sustainable future will bring about. But how exactly can the SDGs serve as tool to bring foreign policy practitioners in a dialogue? What is the role of foreign policy in the global sustainability architecture? What are the fields of engagement of a new "Sustainable Foreign Policy"?

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