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Implementing the 2030 Agenda

The Hamburg Update

The 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The entire international community is responsible for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The G20 also has a duty. That is why, back in 2016, it adopted its Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda, setting out how the G20 will contribute to the Agenda's implementation.

The Hamburg Update

In 2017, under Germany's Presidency, the G20 updated and fleshed out its plan by producing the Hamburg Update. The Development Working Group joined with other working groups to draw up a list of all the specific measures being taken to implement the 2030 Agenda. It should be noted that the principles contained in the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda are reflected in all the G20's work streams. The Hamburg Update provides an overview of all the joint efforts being made by the G20 to achieve the SDGs and to advance the global transformation towards sustainability, either in the respective G20 countries themselves, in developing countries or at global level.

Reporting duties towards the United Nations

The binding character of the 2030 Agenda is vitally dependent on the related follow-up and review process within the United Nations framework. The G20 advocates making the SDGs highly binding by means of a robust follow-up and review process. The reporting process to the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is at the core of that mechanism. That is why the G20 is supporting the submission of timely, substantial and regular reports (Voluntary National Reviews) to the HLPF.

Voluntary mechanism for peer learning

The G20 has made a commitment to lead by example in implementing the 2030 Agenda. Its member states have a wealth of experience and knowledge on how to approach sustainable development. That experience should be tapped into in efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda. Under Germany's Presidency, the G20 therefore launched a voluntary mechanism for peer learning so as to help identify the keys to successfully implementing the 2030 Agenda at national level. Members' experience is then also to be shared with other countries, particularly developing countries.

Dialogue with non-governmental players ("Engagement Groups")

Sustainable development, as defined by the 2030 Agenda, is not something that governments can achieve on their own. It needs to be understood as a task for society as a whole. In tackling the 2030 Agenda, the G20 is therefore placing more emphasis than ever on engaging in a continuous dialogue with non-governmental players and working with them to find shared solutions to shared problems. The Development Working Group is taking the lead and is endeavouring to continue and expand that dialogue beyond Germany's Presidency.


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