The Next Generation UN: The Way Forward for Achieving the SDGs

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner joins us to discuss ongoing reforms and the role of the UN in ensuring the achievement of the SDGs.

UN General Assembly and UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner

Administrator of the UNDP, Achim Steiner, will visit the University of Oslo on May 15th. Photo: UN Photo/Cia Pak & UNDP

The 2030 Agenda sets very ambitious goals for global development. Success in relation to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require radical changes. The UN has a key role to play in ensuring the achievement of the SDGs and is implementing numerous reforms endorsed by member states to meet current and future challenges. But are such reforms sufficient, and is the UN changing fast enough?

The Oslo SDG Initiative at the University of Oslo and the United Nations Association of Norway have invited Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to offer his expert insight and views on these topics. UNDP has embarked on an ambitious process of transformation to deliver sustainable solutions to global development challenges such as poverty reduction, economic transformation, and climate change. UNDP’s policy work links local knowledge and context-specific expertise with cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy.  A special emphasis is given to advancing the interests of women, youth, persons with disabilities, the elderly, indigenous people and other vulnerable and marginalized groups.

The global community must move from the rhetoric and celebratory speeches on the 2030 Agenda to actual operationalization of the SDGs on the ground. What works, where and why?



Achim Steiner has, for over three decades, been a global leader on sustainable development, climate resilience and international cooperation.  In June 2017,  Mr. Steiner was appointed Administrator and leader of the United Nations Development Programme, and he is also the Vice-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group, which unites 40 entities of the UN system that work to support sustainable development.  Previously, he served as the Director General for the United Nations Environment Programme, and he was Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College,  University of Oxford.

    Published Apr. 30, 2019 10:10 AM - Last modified May 21, 2019 12:35 PM