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United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015

25-27 September 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York


Highlights for Sunday, 27 September 2015

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanks Chinese President Xi Jinping during the unveiling ceremony of the Zun of Peace, a gift from China to the United Nations, to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations. (Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 The third and final day of the UN Sustainable Development Summit included many country statements to the plenary of the UN General Assembly, side events, and an informal climate meeting of country leaders. Interactive dialogues took place on the topics of “Building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions to achieve sustainable development” and “Protecting our planet and combatting climate change” in the morning and afternoon.

At a press conference after the lunchtime climate meeting, Olanta Humala, President of Peru, and François Hollande, President of France, briefed the press on the discussion, noting general expectation that there will be an agreement in Paris, but the question remains as to what level of ambition.

Among the world leaders who addressed the plenary on the final day of the summit were Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil; Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan; Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of Turkey; David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; and Barack Obama, President of the US.

At the start of the closing plenary in the afternoon, US President Obama pledged to work toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and urged everyone to take action, saying that, “supporting development is not charity, but the smartest investment we can make for our own future.” Many speakers addressed the task of implementation and announced their national commitments toward achieving the SDGs, as well as the support that they would provide for other countries.

At the end of the afternoon, the co-chairs of the six interactive dialogues presented summaries of each dialogue.

Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda and Co-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Summit, welcomed the global agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, saying that, “At long last, we have an agreement that is sensible and global.” He gaveled the UN Sustainable Development Summit to a close at 7.38 pm, and invited delegates to stay for a short video, “The Story You Are Shaping.”

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily reports and daily web updates from the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015. In addition, IISD Reporting Services will produce a summary and analysis report of the Summit, which is available in HTML and PDF format. Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/post2015-summit/


Nicolás Maduro Moros, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil (Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)


Tomislav Nikolić, President of Serbia (Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa (Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)


Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta
(Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Klaus Werner Iohannis, President of Romania
(Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)


Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan
(Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

James Wani Igga, Vice-President of the Republic of South Sudan (Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)


Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine (Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh
(Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)


US President Barack Obama (Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten)


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Interactive Dialogue 5, Building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions to achieve sustainable development was
co-chaired by Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea, and Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of Chile
(Credit: UN Photo/Kim Haughton)


Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea, addresses the Interactive Dialogue 5 on institutions for sustainable development (Credit: UN Photo/Kim Haughton)

Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of Chile chaired Interactive Dialogue 5 on institutions for sustainable development
(Credit: UN Photo/Kim Haughton)


Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), addresses the Interactive Dialogue on institutions for sustainable development. To his right: Craig Mokhiber, OHCHR. To his left: Christian Friis Bach, UNECE
(Credit: UN Photo/Kim Haughton)


French President François Hollande addresses Interactive Dialogue 4 on protecting our planet and combatting climate change


French President François Hollande addresses a press briefing on climate change,
on the margins of the Summit (Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider)


A view of the closing plenary


US President Barack Obama’s motorcade on the way to the United Nations


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