Leading & Collaborating Agencies:
- UN Women, in partnership with stakeholders within governments, civil society, youth organizations, the feminist movement, philanthropic foundations, and the private sector
Two Member States, Iceland and Tanzania, will co-lead the event with UN Women and with the collective leadership and support of multi stakeholder leaders, leveraging their global leadership on gender equality to drive action, accountability, and renewed commitments to accelerate the SDGs through Generation Equality and its six Action Coalitions and Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action Compact (WPS-HA Compact).
Alongside the High Impact Initiatives, Generation Equality is included in the UN Secretary-General's approach to SDG implementation acceleration. The Midpoint will be anchored in the pre-SDG Summit programming that Heads of State and Government from around the world will attend to renew and accelerate SDG implementation. The Midpoint Moment will be showcased as part of the SDG Acceleration Day on the 17 September 2023.
Generation Equality is an unprecedented global effort to accelerate investment and implementation of gender equality in today's context of stalled progress and regression. Convened by UN Women, at the core, Generation Equality is a collection of six multi stakeholder partnerships between civil society, youth, governments, the UN system, the private sector and philanthropists, and a Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action, to catalyse partners, increase investments, drive results and accelerate the full and effective implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
It is anchored in the UN Decade of Action, and it emphasizes the achievement of SDG 5 on gender equality and the delivery of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to benefit women and girls in all their diversity. The UN Secretary-General's report "Our Common Agenda" (OCA) highlights the relevance of the Generation Equality methodology as a multi stakeholder platform through which efforts towards gender equality can be strengthened and encourages Member States to build on the momentum created by the initiative.
To maximize the SDG Summit's impact, the Secretary General is convening an SDG Action Weekend, which will generate opportunities for stakeholders, UN entities, and Member States to convene inside the United Nations Headquarters and set out specific commitments and contributions to drive SDG transformation between now and 2030.
The SDG Action Weekend will consist of the SDG Mobilization Day on Saturday, 16 September, and the SDG Acceleration Day on Sunday, 17 September at UNHQ in New York.
- The SDG Mobilization Day (16 September) will create an opportunity for stakeholders from all sectors to convene inside the United Nations Headquarters and mobilize towards an ambitious SDG Summit and UN General Assembly High-Level Week.
- The SDG Acceleration Day (17 September 2023) will propel stakeholders from ambition to action by highlighting how the High Impact Initiatives, multigenerational campaigns such as Generation Equality, and cross-SDG impact catalysers such as SDG Digital can accelerate collective achievement.
The SDG Summit on 18-19 September will mark the mid point of the SDGs. It must secure the breakthroughs and momentum needed to change course and achieve the SDGs by 2030. To maximize the Summit's impact, the Secretary General is convening an SDG Action Weekend, which will generate opportunities for stakeholders, UN entities, and Member States to convene inside the United Nations Headquarters and set out specific commitments and contributions to drive SDG transformation between now and 2030.