SDGs Conference 2023

In the Margins of the UNGA 78

20 September 2023, Wednesday (10:00am – 4:00pm EST) New York | HYBRID

In the margins of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) and its 52 Global Partners from 27 countries are organizing the hybrid SDGs Conference 2023 to convene world leaders, diplomats, civil society members, journalists, and academics to discuss contemporary impediments for the timely and effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs Conference 2023, formerly known as the UNGA Conference, is the flagship event of the Journalists and Writers Foundation, creating a platform for diverse stakeholders to discuss the Global Agenda 2030, offer innovative solutions, strategies, and policy recommendations to advance the culture of peace, human rights, and sustainable development. As 2023 marks the 8th annual SDGs Conference, this global event gathered over 150 high-level speakers across the globe forming an interdisciplinary group of distinguished panelists to discuss a particular set of agenda over three panel sessions and propose a framework for action for the full and effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

As a result of the diligent review of the 2022-2023 agenda items and priority working areas of diverse UN agencies and offices, as well as world-renowned international summits, the SDGs Conference 2023 will address (1) Building a New Momentum Towards the 2030 Deadline for the SDGs (2) Press Freedom as an Instrument to Defend Human Rights for All and (3) Widening Gap between Erosion of Democracy and Rise of Autocracy in the margins of the UNGA 78th Session on Wednesday 20 September 2023 from 10am to 4:00pm.


PANEL 1: Building a New Momentum towards the 2030 Deadline for the SDGs

  • The progress of the SDGs halfway through the 2030 Deadline
  • Strengthening institutions and political commitment in timely achievement of the SDGs
  • Sounding an alarm for urgent action on increasing internationally comparable, gender-disaggregated, available data collection
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals as a pivotal actor to break through a sustainable and peaceful future.
  • The New Agenda for Peace: A Pack for a transitioning era of geopolitical complexities

PANEL 2: Press Freedom as an Instrument to Defend Human Rights for All

  • A decade of decline for the global press freedom
  • Digital transformation and technological advancements creating new media outlets: Freedom on the Internet and social media
  • Rising threats for journalists: politicized judiciaries and online harassment
  • Disinformation campaigns and state`s use of media as a venue of propaganda
  • Gender-based violence and violations against women journalists

PANEL 3: Widening Gap between Erosion of Democracy and Rise of Autocracy

  • Elections under electoral autocracies: Recent analysis from country cases
  • Civil society resilience and solidarity against the authoritarianism
  • Keeping a spotlight on human rights defenders in distress and advocating for the release of political prisoners
  • The proliferation of transnational crimes for global peace and security
  • Rising trends of populism

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