Special Message from Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the universally agreed plan to transform our world. With 17 Sustainable Development Goals as our guide, and a core promise to leave no one behind, the Agenda points the way toward a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world for all.  

Four years since its adoption by United Nations Member States, there has been important progress in bringing the Agenda to life. At the same time, we are not moving fast enough. The clock is ticking, we face immense challenges, and all partners must urgently accelerate implementation.

Accountability has a critical role to play in monitoring progress, highlighting gaps and preventing backsliding on commitments and ensure sufficient civic space in all countries and contexts.

In that spirit, I welcome the SDG Accountability Handbook prepared by the Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network. This resource, along with others like it, can help strengthen the capacity of civil society stakeholders to work with governments and other partners in achieving the SDGs.

I commend the invaluable forces of civil society for their leadership and dynamism across the 2030 Agenda. Together, we can advance our shared vision and build a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all.

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed