2022 will be a critical year for accelerating efforts on the SDGs. The UN will lead the way with major events/conferences this year which include the Biodiversity COP15 (Part 2), the Ocean Conference, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the Transforming Education Summit and the Climate Change Conference (COP27).

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17 March 2022 | 5-9 March 2023

Supporting Least Developed Countries

The world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are in a race to deliver crucial global development goals by 2030. Against this backdrop, the 5th United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries will be held in two parts: the adoption of the new Doha Programme of Action in New York on March 17, 2022 and the main conference in Doha, Qatar on 5-9 March, 2023, which will identify actions and partnerships to deliver on this agenda.

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27 June to 1 July 2022

The Ocean Conference

The Ocean Conference will take place on 27 June to 1 July in Lisbon, Portugal. Co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, the Conference will be a game-changer in reversing the decline in the health of our ocean. While the ocean generates 50% of the oxygen we need, nurtures unimaginable biodiversity and produces food, jobs, mineral and energy resources needed for life on the planet to survive and thrive, the ocean is facing unprecedent threats because of human activities.

The Conference is expected to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.

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5 to 15 July 2022

High-Level Political Forum
on Sustainable Development

The annual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development — the central platform for measuring progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — will take place on 5 to 15 July 2022.

The Forum will provide an opportunity to step up efforts on the SDGs during this Decade of Action with 45 countries expected to share their plans and discuss challenges, and opportunities for coordinated and collaborative efforts to speed up the implementation of the SDGs while addressing the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Assembly
13 September 2022

77th Session of General Assembly

The curtain rises on the busiest diplomatic season of the year at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The seventy-seventh session of the General Assembly opens on 13 September under the theme, “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.”

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19 September 2022

SDG Moment

The SDG Moment in September 2022 will take place during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly and will be a pivotal moment to highlight inspiring action and keep the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals. World leaders are expected to share their perspectives and plans for setting the world on course towards achieving the SDGs and delivering a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient future during this decade of action and transformation.

The SDG Moment will build the momentum needed to show the way forward for a better future for all on a safe and healthy planet.

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19 September 2022

Transforming Education Summit

In the context of a crisis in quality education and lifelong learning for all, the UN Secretary-General is convening the Transforming Education Summit which will serve to mobilize action, ambition, solidarity and solutions to recover pandemic-related learning losses, reimagine education for the future and reignite global efforts to deliver the education-related Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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7 - 18 November

UN Climate Change Conference (COP27)

In the context of a worsening climate crisis, the 27th annual Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), to be hosted by Egypt, will seek to deliver ambitious outcomes to keep global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, increase climate finance for developing countries, and urgently scale up investments in climate adaptation as needs continue to grow rapidly.

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7 to 19 December 2022

Restoring Nature’s Balance

Despite on-going efforts, biodiversity is deteriorating worldwide and this decline is projected to worsen with business-as-usual scenarios. The UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) will convene governments from around the world to decide on the new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework which will provide a strategic vision and a global roadmap for the conservation, protection, restoration and sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems for the next decade.