CoNGO and SDGs

UN Trade Forum 2023

UN Trade Forum 2023


Third United Nations Trade Forum

Location: Room XXVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Date: 8 and 9 May 2023

Format: Hybrid (in-person and remote) 

UNCTAD will host the third iteration of the United Nations Trade Forum, to take stock of trade policies that are best tailored to addressing the challenges that the world is facing. Discussions will focus on approaches that will make trading systems more resilient, particularly in developing countries, and will help clarify the effectiveness and feasibility of a set of trade-related “high-impact initiatives” to respond to global challenges and expedite progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The United Nations Trade Forum will be organized in four plenary meetings on the following topics: South–South trade partnerships and the potential of the global system of trade preferences among developing countries; launch of Trade and Environment Review 2023; contribution of competition and consumer protection policies to sustainable production and consumption patterns; and launch of an UNCTAD study on electronic commerce from a gender and development perspective. This event provides a platform to identify cooperation frameworks to contribute to the 2023 Sustainable Development Goals Summit (high-level political forum on sustainable development, September 2023), the twenty-eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (November 2023) and the Thirteenth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (in early 2024). The Forum will also set the scene for the UNCTAD@60 celebrations in 2024.

Registration should be completed online at United Nations Trade Forum. Communications concerning representation should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Outreach and Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland; fax: 41 22 917 02 14; email:
The Forum is open to all member States of UNCTAD. Those wishing to attend the event are requested to provide the UNCTAD secretariat with the credentials of their representatives and the names of their alternative representatives and advisers by Wednesday, 3 May 2023. Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to participate in the meeting and non-governmental organizations in the general category and those in the special category who wish to participate as observers are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat of the names of their representatives by the same date. With travel and meeting restrictions now largely lifted, attendance in person is actively encouraged, although remote participation will be available.

The Forum will be held with physical participation, at the Palais des Nations, and remote participation, through a simultaneous interpretation platform in the six official languages of the United Nations. A link to the formal virtual meeting will be sent to registered participants, at the email address used for registration, one day in advance of the start of the Forum. For in-person attendance, before entering the Palais des Nations, participants are requested to collect their badges from the United Nations Security Service, at Villa Les Feuillantines, 13 avenue de la Paix. The Security Service is open from 8 a.m. to 4.45 p.m. Because of the security measures in force, participants are strongly advised to arrive before 9 a.m. to complete entry procedures in good time and proceed to the meeting in Building E of the Palais through the Peace Gate bis. Participants are requested to carry a passport or similar national identity card with them. Taxis are not allowed to enter the grounds of the Palais des Nations. Visitors should therefore be dropped off at the indicated
entrance gates. Furthermore, luggage may not be brought into the buildings unless the Security Service gives special clearance.

Further information and contact details
For all other enquiries, please contact David Vivas Eugui, Chief of Section, Economic Affairs, Division on International Trade and Commodities, UNCTAD, email:


For more information, please visit the UNCTAD Website.


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit

UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). New York


The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will be held from Monday, 10 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2023, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council . This includes the three-day ministerial segment of the forum from Monday, 17 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2023 as part of the High-level Segment of the Council. The last day of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC will be on Thursday, 20 July 2023.

The theme will be ” Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels ”.

In the forum, participants will be able to further discuss the effective and inclusive recovery measures to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and explore actionable policy guidance for the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs at all levels.

The HLPF in 2023, without prejudice to the integrated, indivisible and interlinked nature of the SDGs, will also review in-depth Goals 6 on clean water and sanitation, 7 on affordable and clean energy, 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure, 11 on sustainable cities and communities, and 17 on partnerships for the Goals.

Following 40 presenters will carry out voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the forum:Bahrain,BarbadosBelgiumBosnia and Herzegovina Brunei Darussalam Burkina Faso,CambodiaCanadaCentral African Republic Comoros,ChileCroatiaDemocratic Republic of the Congo European Union , Fiji,France,Guyana,Iceland,Ireland,Kuwait,Liechtenstein,Lithuania,Maldives,Mongolia,Poland,Portugal,Romania,Rwanda,Saudi Arabia,SingaporeSlovakiaSt Kitts & Nevis Syrian Arab Republic Tajikistan,Timor-LesteTurkmenistanUnited Republic of Tanzania UzbekistanViet Nam,Zambia. Please click here for more information.

The HLPF in July will also support the mid-term review of the implementation of the SDGs and the preparations for the 2023 SDG Summit – the HLPF to be convened under the auspices of the General Assembly in September 2023.

The President of ECOSOC will prepare a summary to capture the key messages of the discussions. For more information, please click here.

Other events, including Side EventsVNR Labs, Special Events, and Exhibition will be organized on the margins of the 2023 HLPF.


For more information, please visit the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Website.


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit

UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, 79th Session (Bangkok)

79th session of the Commission | ESCAP

The 79th Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre ESCAP Hall in Bangkok, from 15 to 19 May 2023.

This is an in-person event and all participants who appear in the letter of credentials are requested to register online at indico as soon as possible but no later than 21 April 2023. Only the names of duly accredited and registered participants will be included in the list of participants.

The theme of the session is “Accelerating climate action in Asia and the Pacific for sustainable development”, and this annual session will be an opportunity to strengthen regional cooperation on climate change.

For more information about the 79th Session of UNESCAP for Asia and the Pacific, please visit their website.


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit

Calling all world-changers: Share your SDG Good Practices!

UN DESA is calling on all changemakers, trailblazers and fearless activists to share their stories with the world. We are looking for good practices, success stories and lessons learned that could help others take action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Five years since world leaders pledged to achieve prosperity for all on a clean planet, the SDGs seem as distant as ever, as the deadly COVID-19 pandemic forced the world to a halt, undoing years, sometimes even decades of progress.

Even in this grim new reality, the SDG changemakers around the world are refusing to throw in the towel. On the contrary, they are redoubling their efforts to make up for the lost time. From creating green energy jobs for women and youth in war-torn Yemen to training community veterinarians in South Sudan, to helping indigenous peoples monitor the fulfilment of their rights in Latin America, the world is bubbling with inspiring SDG action – now we want to hear about yours! It’s time to register your good practice for the SDGs.

What makes a good practice good? In order to be approved, an SDG good practice should be:

  • SDG-specific
  • Results-focused
  • Inclusive
  • Accountable, sustainable and replicable

If the good practice is found to fulfill these criteria, it will join the ranks of over 500 projects from every corner of the world, already featured in UN DESA’s database. SDG good practice– no matter how large or small – may be taken up by someone on the other end of the planet. It may inspire organizations just like yours to start working for the global goals.

But most importantly, it will show the world that despite the COVID-19 setbacks, the wave of SDG action is unstoppable.

Here are the next steps:

  • Register SDG good practice before 28th February 2021 here.
  • Find answers to your questions here.
  • Be inspired by the shining examples of good practices from around the world in our new publication.