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SDG Summit

24 - 25 September 2019 // New York

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Pathfinders at the SDG Summit 2019

The SDG Summit was the first UN summit on the SDGs since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development in September 2015. This year, Heads of State and Government gathered at UN Headquarters in New York to follow up and review progress on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs.


Following an unprecedented mobilization on SDG16+ at the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2019, the SDG summit was a critical opportunity for governments and other stakeholders to mobilize action on SDG16+ and to demonstrate increased ambition for the second four years of the Agenda. Heads of State and Government engaged in Leaders Dialogues to make concrete proposals for accelerating the achievement of SDG16+ in all countries, with targeted actions to reach the furthest behind first.

Most importantly, the summit showcased 
SDG Acceleration Actions, voluntary initiatives registered by countries and other actors that are contributing to accelerating implementation of the 2030 Agenda.


Pathfinders supports governments from all sectors to register Acceleration Actions on SDG16+ for the summit, in response to the Deputy Secretary-General’s call for “a decade of action to delivery on the SDGs,” as we mobilize for a Decade of Action on SDG16+.

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SDG16+ Acceleration Actions

The latest registered actions on targets related to peace, justice and inclusion (SDG16+). 

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Number of SDG16+-related 
Acceleration Actions in the UN SDG Registry


Acceleration Action on Justice


Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Acceleration Action on Peace


The Global Sunrise Project

Acceleration Action on Justice


UN Global Compact

Acceleration Action on Justice


The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law, Reos Partners, Clifford Chance, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, The Swedish International Development Agency

Acceleration Action on Peace


Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Acceleration Action on Inclusion


Arguden Governance Academy

Acceleration Action on Peace


ESCWA (Social Development Division
and Statistics Division)

Acceleration Action on Peace


+Peace Coalition

For more SDG Acceleration Actions, visit:

SDG Summit

Meetings and Events on SDG16+

24 - 25 September 2019 // New York


FAQ: Acceleration Actions
What is an "Acceleration Action"? 

“SDG Acceleration Actions are initiatives voluntary undertaken by countries and other actors to contribute to the acceleration of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.”


Four major types of actions can be registered.


  1. Policy commitments. Strengthening the legislation on violence prevention, for example, or adopting new policies to increase transparency or promote inclusion.

  2. Programming commitments. Expanding centers that provide justice to disadvantaged communities or implementing one or more of the INSPIRE strategies to end violence against children.

  3. Financial commitments. Increased investment from governments, international donors, the private sector, or foundations. Or a commitment to shift existing expenditure towards evidence-based policies.

  4. The launch or expansion of new global or regional initiatives. New commitments to tackle inequality and exclusion emerging from the g7+ summit, for example. Or more countries responding to the Safe to Learn call to action.

Who can register Acceleration Actions? 

“Actions can be registered by national Governments, local and regional governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international and regional financial institutions, major groups and other stakeholders including the private sector, civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, the scientific community, and other actors - individually or in partnership.”

How can I register an Acceleration Action? 

Actions can be registered on the UN’s online portal:


As Acceleration Actions are registered, they will be publicly available on the SDG Summit website.


Get the word out on social media using the hashtag: #Act4SDG16Plus

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Ahead of the #SDGSummit, the @UN is calling for countries & other stakeholders to register voluntary initiatives that contribute to accelerating implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It's time to #Act4SDG16Plus. Register your Acceleration Action on #SDG16Plus:

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