"Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and progress on their implementation towards 2030" in Mexico City.
On March 8, 2023, the School of Government and Public Transformation at Tecnológico de Monterrey, co-host of SDSN Mexico, hosted the “Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and progress on their implementation towards 2030” in Mexico City.
The conference included the participation of professors, researchers, thematic experts, and representatives from the Federal Government and the private sector, with the objective of discussing achievements, challenges, commitments, public policies, and engagement of different sectors towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.
As a panelist, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, offered a keynote address on the challenges and actions needed to ensure the implementation of the SDGs by 2030.
Regarding the state of the SDGs around the world, he regretted the setbacks in the international community. He mentioned that although the world was facing different growing challenges, these issues worsened with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has resulted in an even more complex landscape due to the geopolitical crises, rising tensions between countries, and a global economic crisis.
Prof. Sachs stressed that current estimates are discouraging, because although there are various international frameworks, such as the Paris Agreement, the current concentrations of greenhouse gases are so high that they will cause serious damage to the environment, permanently. He did however recognize the commitment of over one hundred countries that have established objectives and mechanisms favoring decarbonization, as well as the prioritization of renewable energy, such as solar and wind. Prof. Sachs also addressed the financing for sustainable development, since a great mobilization of resources is needed to achieve the SDGs.
Finally, Prof. Sachs highlighted the importance of strengthening international, regional, and local cooperation to make the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs more than just a promise of change.