A High-Level Seminar entitled “Implementing the 2030 Agenda: From Commitment to Action” was held at the World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings on April 20. The event was a conversation between key stakeholders at the country level who are striving to achieve the SDGs, taking stock of country action and progress -- one year after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In his introductory remarks, World Bank Group Senior Vice President Mahmoud Mohieldin noted that the SDGs have special relevance to the World Bank Group because they are strongly aligned with its twin goals to end extreme poverty and build shared prosperity in a sustainable manner.
The event highlighted the views of countries that will present their Voluntary Reviews this July at the UN High-Level Political Forum, as well as views from those which presented in 2016. The participants shared details how they developed their SDG plans, the tradeoffs and challenges, and specific elements of their national voluntary reviews.
Mr. Mohieldin also launched The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals, the first publication to offer the Bank’s perspective on the progress the world is making towards each of the SDGs, and the issues we face in measuring this progress. The publication reflects the perspective from data experts at the World Bank Group (DEC) and staff in the Bank Group’s global practices and cross-cutting solution areas.