Delivering the Future We Want


A UN DESA Global Policy Dialogue with the High-level Advisory Board for Economic and Social Affairs


Monday, 15 July 2024, 1:15-2:30 p.m. EDT

In person: Conference Room 11, UN Headquarters, New York

Online: Register at
Join the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) on Monday, 15 July, for a Special Event on the margins of the annual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), where members of the UN High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs (HLAB) and other experts will discuss key emerging socioeconomic trends, risks and opportunities, and suggestions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Hear from these global thought leaders as they put forward ways to build our capacities to cope with complex global challenges, generate synergies and manage trade-offs ahead of the once-in-a-generation UN Summit of the Future in September.
Speakers scheduled to appear:

  • Ibrahim Elbadawi, Managing Director, Economic Research Forum for the Arab World, Iran and Turkey
  • Nargis Kassenova, Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on Central Asia, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
  • Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Chief Executive, South African Institute of International Affairs
  • Izabella Mônica Vieira Teixeira, former Minister of Environment (2010-2016), Brazil
  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary, UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
  • Claver Gatete, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  • Li Junhua, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
  • Navid Hanif, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development

All are welcome! Please feel free to share this invitation with your networks.
In-person attendees must already be accredited for the HLPF. Our event is free and open to all on Zoom by registering at, and it also will be streamed live on UN DESA’s Facebook page. It will be held in English with captions available in other languages on Zoom. The virtual event is made possible by the United Nations Peace and Development Trust Fund.