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

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2019 in New York

Foreign policy actors must play their part in coping with the far-reaching changes in the international order resulting from the socio-ecological transformation. How their goals and SDGs go together will be the focus of an expert discussion during the HLPF in New York on 9 July 2019.


The relevance of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for peace and security, the geopolitical dimension of the 2030 Agenda and the resulting tasks for foreign policy are the topics of the HLPF Side Event, which adelphi organises in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations.

Driving transformative change: foreign affairs and the 2030 Agenda: The relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to foreign policy and international security

9 July 2019 | 01:00-02:30 PM
Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York
Registration by 5 July 2019
Kontakt: Daria Ivleva

The essence of the SDGs – greater welfare, security and sustainability for all – aligns with core foreign policy objectives. But what is the role of foreign policy in the global sustainability architecture? And what are the fields of engagement and areas of cooperation under a new “Sustainable Foreign Policy”?

This HLPF side event will address these questions in order to better understand how to leverage the SDGs to achieve core foreign policy objectives. It will examine the 2030 Agenda's geopolitical implications and its links to peace and security, exploring how foreign policy can support SDG implementation with a focus on the SDGs under review at the 2019 High-Level Political Forum. The discussion will draw on a recent study Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda.


Welcoming remarks by H.E. Dr. Christoph Heusgen, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations

Panel discussion with:

H.E. Dr. Sima Bahous, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations

H.E. Mr. Jürg Lauber, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations

Ms. Anne Hammill, Director, Resilience, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Ms. Jimena Roesch, Senior Fellow at the International Peace Institute (IPI); former Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Guatemala to the UN and lead negotiator in the negotiations for the SDGs and UN climate change policy

Mr. David Steven, Senior Fellow and Associate Director, Center on  International Cooperation at New York University (CIC-NYU)

Moderated by adelphi

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

Light lunch and refreshments will be available as from 12:30.