On the eve of the SDG Summit, which will be held on September 18-19 in New York, the Coalition for Sustainable Development of Russia answered the most common questions regarding the upcoming summit and what is currently happening with the SDGs in Russia.

What is the SDG Summit, and why is it important?

The 2023 SDG Summit will take place on September 18-19 in New York. It will bring together leaders of countries, including Russia, that have committed to the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and discuss the progress in achieving them.

What are SDGs?

SDGs are Sustainable Development Goals. In 2015, Russia, together with other 192 countries, signed and adopted the 2030 Agenda, which is focused on 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is not a legally binding document, but it does have a high-level status and a ministerial review.

Looking at the list of the 17 goals, it becomes clear that a real sustainable future can only be achieved through collaborative efforts. For example, eradicating poverty is linked to improving healthcare and education systems, reducing inequality, and promoting economic growth, but these efforts won't succeed without addressing climate change and preserving oceans and forests.

Using the example of the latest report on Russia's progress toward the SDGs, we can see how ignoring commitments related to SDG 16, "Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions," can lead to an inability to achieve all the remaining goals and a setback from the path of sustainable development.

What is the Coalition for Sustainable Development of Russia (CSDR)?

Coalition for Sustainable Development of Russia is a social movement of civil society working on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Russia and abroad by 2030. The coalition includes experts and civic activists, whose expertise covers all areas of sustainable development.
The coalition was established in 2020 when Russia first reported on the implementation of the SDGs to the UN. The coalition produces civil reviews on how Russia is progressing in the implementation of the SDGs.
What is the progress on each goal?