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UN Assembly Prez Drops Epic News: First-Ever ‘Sustainability Week’ Is Here!

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.



  1. Is there information about how the Sustainability Week will address sustainable energy practices specifically?

    1. Sure, EmilySmith! President Dennis Francis’ Sustainability Week will cover a variety of critical sectors, including sustainable energy and transport. The initiative aims to propel the implementation of sustainable practices and to address pressing challenges in these areas. Stay tuned for more details as the event unfolds!

  2. I believe that President Dennis Francis’ initiative for Sustainability Week is crucial in accelerating the implementation of sustainable practices. It is essential to galvanize momentum and engage world leaders to address pressing challenges and ensure a more sustainable future.

  3. How will the Sustainability Week initiative impact the private sector and promote collaboration with non-governmental organizations?

    1. The Sustainability Week initiative will play a crucial role in engaging the private sector and fostering collaboration with non-governmental organizations by providing a platform for dialogue, sharing best practices, and co-creating solutions to address sustainability challenges. It offers an opportunity for businesses to showcase their commitments to responsible practices and explore partnerships with NGOs to drive sustainable development goals forward.

  4. As an environmental advocate, I’m thrilled to see the UN taking bold steps with the inaugural Sustainability Week. It’s crucial to galvanize global momentum for sustainable practices to truly tackle pressing challenges. I look forward to the high-level discussions and initiatives that will shape our collective sustainable future.

  5. As a sustainability advocate, I am thrilled to see the UN launching the first-ever Sustainability Week. This initiative is crucial in driving global action towards the implementation of sustainable practices and addressing pressing challenges. Kudos to President Dennis Francis for spearheading this impactful event!

  6. Will there be any virtual attendance options for those unable to physically participate in the Sustainability Week events?

    1. Virtual attendance options will indeed be available for participants who are unable to physically join the Sustainability Week events. This inclusive approach aims to ensure global participation and engagement in the discussions on sustainable practices and challenges. Exciting times ahead!

  7. Is there a detailed schedule available for the different sessions and discussions during Sustainability Week? I’m particularly interested in the topics related to energy and transport. It sounds like an exciting event!

    1. Yes, there will be detailed sessions focusing on energy and transport during Sustainability Week. You can expect in-depth discussions on sustainable practices and innovative solutions in these crucial sectors. It’s indeed an exciting event to look forward to!

  8. As a sustainability advocate, I’m thrilled to see the UN launching its inaugural Sustainability Week. It’s crucial that high-level discussions and initiatives are prioritized to propel the implementation of sustainable practices and tackle pressing challenges effectively. Kudos to President Dennis Francis for spearheading this impactful initiative!

  9. Will the Sustainability Week address the challenges faced by developing countries in implementing sustainable practices effectively?

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