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President drops news about inaugural ‘Green Week’ – it’s gonna be lit!

The President of the General Assembly on Tuesday announced the UN body’s inaugural Sustainability Week, encapsulating a series of high-level discussions and initiatives aimed at propelling the implementation of sustainable practices and to address pressing challenges.

To be held from 15 to 19 April, President Dennis Francis’ flagship initiative converges various mandated events into a singular, impactful week, elevating the discourse on such critical sectors as tourism, infrastructure, energy and transport.

“The Sustainability Week initiative is essentially designed to galvanise momentum around sustainability in a way that helps to supercharge implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Mr. Francis told reporters at the UN Headquarters in New York.

He added that high-level participation is anticipated from Heads of States and Governments, sector-specific ministers and key UN officials.

Sustainability Week highlights

  • 15 April: High-level thematic debate on debt sustainability and socioeconomic equality, highlighting the impact of surging debt on countries’ development trajectories
  • 16 April: High-level thematic event on tourism, addressing unsustainable practices within the industry and launching a statistical framework for measuring sustainability
  • 17 April: High-level meeting on sustainable transport, emphasising its importance in achieving several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • 18 April: Informal dialogue on building global resilience and promoting sustainable development through infrastructure connectivity
  • 19 April: Global stock taking on sustainable energy, reflecting on progress and shortcomings over the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024 and launching a call to action to accelerate implementation of SDG 7 on affordable and clean energy

Assembly President Dennis Francis briefing reporters on the inaugural Sustainability Week.

Beyond the 2030 Agenda

Assembly President Francis also highlighted initiatives beyond the 2030 Agenda, including the Choose Sustainability campaign, which encourages stakeholders to adopt pledges and sustainability practices.

“I encourage all permanent missions, stakeholders and the media to adopt pledges to promote sustainability and to declare their support on social media while adopting sustainability practices,” he said.

For its part, his office is, among other things, working to phase out the use of roll-up banners throughout the General Assembly and to replace them with long-lasting, energy-efficient LED screens.

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10 Comments

  1. In my opinion, President Dennis Francis’ initiative for Sustainability Week is a crucial step towards advancing sustainable practices and addressing global challenges. It’s essential to prioritize sustainability to effectively implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  2. As a committed advocate for sustainability, I am thrilled to see President Dennis Francis launching the UN’s first-ever Sustainability Week. This initiative is crucial in driving meaningful discussions and actions towards a more sustainable future. I look forward to the inspiring conversations and collaborations that will take place during this impactful week.

  3. President Dennis Francis’ Sustainability Week initiative is a crucial step towards accelerating sustainable practices and overcoming challenges. The comprehensive approach to addressing sectors like tourism, infrastructure, energy and transport shows a commitment to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. I believe high-level participation from world leaders and key officials will drive impactful outcomes during the event.

  4. It’s great to see President Dennis Francis taking the lead on promoting sustainability through the UN’s Sustainability Week. This initiative aims to drive impactful discussions and actions towards achieving sustainable development goals. Looking forward to the participation of global leaders and officials to make a real difference!

  5. President Dennis Francis is definitely stepping up the game with this Sustainability Week initiative! It’s amazing to see the focus on critical sectors like tourism, infrastructure, energy, and transport. Looking forward to how this will supercharge the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development!

  6. Will there be any specific discussions focusing on renewable energy initiatives during the Sustainability Week?

    1. Yes, there will be specific discussions dedicated to renewable energy initiatives during Sustainability Week. The aim is to propel the implementation of sustainable practices and address pressing challenges in sectors like energy. Stay tuned for more details!

  7. President Dennis Francis sure knows how to make headlines! The Sustainability Week initiative sounds like a fantastic platform to drive real change and accelerate progress towards sustainable development goals. Can’t wait to see the outcomes and the impact it will have on critical sectors like tourism and energy.

  8. President Dennis Francis really nailed it with the Sustainability Week initiative! It’s crucial for world leaders to come together and take actionable steps towards a more sustainable future. Can’t wait to see the outcomes of the high-level discussions and initiatives at this event.

  9. Could you provide more details on the schedule of events during the Sustainability Week? I’m eager to learn about the discussions and initiatives that will be taking place.

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